Critter Tracker Summer 2014

Current State of Affairs

As you may remember from our fall mailer, Wildlife Care Association needs your help. We are expanding fundraising efforts and continuing to seek additional funding, but expenses continue to increase. Many programs for donations in-kind, such as dog & cat kibble, are no longer available. We already have many mouths to feed so feed costs have added to the increase in operating expenses. Currently, our budget shortfall for 2014 is upwards of $60,000.

We are still in jeopardy of closing our doors mid-season. This means at least half of the animals brought to WCA for help would have to go to animal control to be euthanized. As expected, the current drought condition is affecting local wildlife. WCA is currently taking in 25-40 animals per day, many of which are severely dehydrated. This is more than double the normal intake numbers for this time of year.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to WCA or consider volunteering at our animal intake facility. Both donations and volunteers are crucial to the success of our organization. We would not be able to help the upwards of 7,000 orphaned, sick, and/or injured wild animals each year without generous donations from caring community members and endless hours of hard but rewarding work from heroic volunteers.

Facility Volunteers Needed

As busy season in the world of wildlife rehabilitation approaches, WCA is already taking in an increasing number of animals each and every day. The current drought is already causing a huge spike in the number of severely dehydrated animals being brought to our facility; this number will continue to increase unless we receive much-needed rain very soon. If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity that will allow you to help wild animals in the greater Sacramento area while also learning a great deal about many different species, please consider volunteering for WCA this year. Your help is greatly needed now more than ever.

We ask that volunteers commit to one 4-5 hour shift at our intake facility one day per week. All training is provided and volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are many different positions available. Not all include direct contact with the animals, for those that want to help but are not comfortable with wild animal interaction.

For information about volunteering for WCA, please contact our volunteer coordinator at To find our more information on these or other volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator at

Volunteer Hotline Specialists Needed

If you have a love for wildlife and have the desire and ability to effectively communicate with a diverse public, then you will enjoy this rewarding and exciting volunteer opportunity. Wildlife Hotline Volunteers are the first point of contact between callers concerned about a wild animal and Wildlife Care Association.

We currently have two shifts that need to be covered; Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Volunteers will receive training on how to answer a variety of questions as well as a manual. Hotline Specialists are asked to check the hotline once per hour and have the option of volunteering from their homes or our facility at McClellan Park.

We are also in desperate need of animal transport volunteers. This would entail picking up wildlife from our facility and transporting it to local veterinarians, home rehabilitators, or other wildlife organizations. This is an important part of our operation that is critical to our mission to give the best possible care to orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife brought to us. Mileage donated for transporting animals for WCA may be tax-deductible.

To find our more information on these or other volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator at

First Annual Wings & Wine Event

The Wings and Wine Event held at High Hand Nursery in March was a great success. More than 300 people showed up to help support WCA and see the Animal Ambassador Show. Great food, great wine, and a captivating show made for a fun and exciting evening for everyone.

Thanks to all that attended the event. Special thanks to Scott and everyone at High Hand Nursery for their dedication, hard work, and Mockingbird Level Aviary Sponsorship.

Please help support the businesses that help support our organization. Without community members going above and beyond, WCA would not be able to help the thousands of wild animals brought to us each year. You can visit High Hand Nursery in Loomis at 3750 Taylor Road.

Drewski’s & Gearhead Garage Fundraiser

Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Gearhead Garage also put on a great event to help benefit Wildlife Care. People showed up to show off their hot rods, have some great food, see the WCA Ambassador Animals, win some of the many raffle prizes, and have an all-around great time.

Special thanks to Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Gearhead Garage for their hard work, dedication, and Mocking Bird Level Sponsorship, as well.

Caring business owners can make a big difference in the community around us. Please help support the businesses that support Wildlife Care Association.

Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen is located in McClellan at 5504 Dudley Boulevard and Gearhead Garage is in Sacramento at 5780 Roseville Road, Ste B.

WCA Aviary Sponsors

WCA would like to thank:

  • Christie Maddox


  • Nancy Jo Kapellas
  • Janet Kappes
  • Judy Verhaag
  • Nancy Barbachano
  • Lisa Weber & Greg Helms
  • Lilly Lobato Gillam
  • Sheri Opp
  • Kevin Cole
  • Carol Salvatori

Sacramento Natural Food Co-op makes substantial donations quarterly though their “Make Every Day Earth Day” reuseable-bag token program.
Raley’s at Madison & Hazel Donates produce regularly.

Wish List

  • Paper Towels, Kleenex, & Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Soap, Bleach, Dish Soap (Unscented)
  • Cat & Dog Kibble
  • Non-aluminum window screen
  • Mealworms
  • Dixie Cups & Plastic cups (Solo)
  • Fruits & Veggies (fresh or frozen)
  • Berries, Corn, Broccoli, Grapes,
  • Watermelon, Cantelope, Honeydew, Apples, & Carrots

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