INSIDE THIS ISSUE
12th Annual Nuts & Berries Event / Get Your WCA Gear / Get To Know The WCA / Raccoons Need New Digs / A Call For Board Members / Enter Our Photo Contest
A Tale of Two Aquatic Birds in Rehabilitation
Every release is special to us, but we are extra excited about these recently released aquatic birds. An adult Green Heron was brought in by a veterinarian from VCA Yuba Sutter Animal Hospital, emaciated and on the verge of death. He found his way to the right place at the right time, behind their hospital.
During his exam we found that he had a fracture to his keel, the center bone on the underside of the body. The fracture was so severe he was unable to fly or feed himself. His medical care consisted of calcium supplements, pain meds, cage rest and some yummy fish to fatten him up. After several weeks of rehabilitation he made an excellent recovery!
Our second bird is a Virginia Rail found at Village Nursery with an eye injury. Her eye was crusted shut, making it difficult to find her way around and find food. She was quite hungry, and eagerly ate up all her worms. Lucky for this little one, her treatment only required daily eye drops and antibiotics. The total rehab was about one week and we are happy to report this bird also made a full recovery and was released near the creek where she came from.
This is the stuff we live for. The WCA team of volunteers, interns, and staff strive to provide the best possible care to our patients and work hard to achieve the ultimate goal of releasing them back into nature. We love being able to share these success stories with you. A big thank you to all of our supporters and to all the wonderful people who bring us these animals in need of help.
12th Annual Nuts & Berries Event December 13th
Sunday, 12/13/2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Nuts and Berries fundraiser features an incredible silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, gift shop, ambassador animals, a huge raffle, no-host bar and more.
$15 at the door and kids are free.
Get your photo taken with one of our ambassador animals like Ivory, pictured left, a non-releasable Leucistic American Crow who now helps everyone learn about our local wildlife.
Mark your calendar for this wonderful evening and be ready to have a blast while doing your holiday shopping. » Learn More
Tickets are available online. Donations of items or gift certificates are always welcome from individuals and local business for the auction and raffle. See you there!
You can now buy WCA apparel, mugs, key chains, phone cases and a special 2016 wall calendar featuring last year’s WCA’s patients.
Get to know the wca
Help Us Give Wildlife a Second Chance
Wildlife Care Association is a volunteer based nonprofit in operation since 1975. We were created to meet a community need – the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, ill and orphaned wild animals in the Sacramento area. We started out small, with about a dozen volunteers taking animals into their homes.
As the years passed and the area’s population grew, suburbs fused and farmland became new suburbs, the need for WCA’s unique service grew exponentially. Today, volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours annually both in their homes and at our facility, 7 days a week, to care for nearly 6,000 rescued animals brought to us by the public yearly.
Animals often come to WCA as a direct result of human intervention—destruction of habitat, introduction of non-native plants and animals, pollution, decimation of large predators and migratory disruptions from artificial light sources. WCA volunteers dedicate themselves to rectifying some of these problems by working at our facility, becoming a home rehabilitator, or serving in many other ways that support the organization.
We so deeply appreciate everyone who gave generously of their time and efforts this year and in years past to save our community’s wild animals. Volunteers are the lifeblood of WCA. There are a variety of opportunities to get involved – some include direct animal contact (training provided), and others support the organization, such as fundraising, carpentry/caging projects, and returning hotline messages.
If you can’t volunteer, you can still help! More than 90% of our funding comes from public donations and grants. Your donation is critical to our operations, and 88 cents of every dollar goes directly toward saving animals. We hope to hear from you!
Raccoons are smart, feisty,oriented animals. Their young are a handful to raise and require special care while they are prepared for return to the wild. This is why WCA needs your help to build four new enclosures that will keep these youngsters safe as they recover after being rescued. These new enclosures will provide plenty of room to play, exercise and learn necessary survival skills. Donate as little as $25 and get a special campaign t-shirt! Hoodies also available.
Call for Volunteer Board Member Applicants!
Interested in being a WCA board member? » Get more information & Apply
Since 1975, WCA has been committed to providing emergency care and rehabilitation for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. WCA is governed by a 9-member all volunteer Board of Directors who work to ensure the success and sustainability of WCA’s programs.
We are currently seeking individuals interested in joining the board who are committed to WCA, our mission and our future. We need your input, expertise and resourcefulness to help us with planning, operations and oversight as we celebrate our 40th of caring for wildlife.
You can help WCA move forward and grow by sharing your time and talents in business planning, fundraising, financial, human resources, marketing, legal, development and other areas.
Applicants should be able to commit to monthly meeting attendance, be able to communicate via email and have some comfort in discussing ideas in a group setting. Meetings are held once per month on a Monday evening. Contact Theresa Bielawski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Submit your application by November 21, 2015.
Give us the Bird!
Enter WCA’s New Quarterly Photo Contest
Take a picture of a bird or birds anywhere in the Sacramento area and submit it on our Facebook page as instructed at the link above.
The winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Rescue Dome at McClellan Park, and will have their photo featured in WCA’s newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on social media.