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virginia-railA 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!

green-hornOur 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

banquet-hallivory-crowSunday, 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!

» P U R C H A S E   T I C K E T S

wca-hoodiewca-mugGet your wca gear!

You can now buy WCA apparel, mugs, key chains, phone cases and a special 2016 wall calendar featuring last year’s WCA’s patients.

» Check out our Zazzle shop

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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.

» Get Involved 

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!

» Make A Donation


baby-raccoonraccoon-teeHelp Fund New Raccoon Enclosures & Get a Special T-Shirt or Hoodie

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.

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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 for more information. Submit your application by November 21, 2015.

bird-photo-contestGive 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.

» Enter WCA’s new quarterly photo contest

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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
Wildlife Care Association—A Plea for Help

The Wildlife Care Association Board of Directors has had to make a difficult decision—we have decided to close our facility two days per week for the upcoming off-season.

Donations have been steadily declining since the downturn in the economy. Along with the rising cost of food and supplies, this has put the organization in serious financial trouble.

Additionally, our volunteer base has diminished. This has greatly increased staffing costs to ensure the animals are properly cared for. Larger utility bills have also added to our budget shortage.

WCA is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of more than 6,000 orphaned, sick, and/or injured wild animals each year in the greater Sacramento area. Our facility takes in animals from local city, county, and state agencies as well as from members of the public, local zoos, and vet clinics. We are the only wildlife rehabilitation group in this area equipped to handle the substantial number of wild animals we rescue every year.

WCA does NOT receive any government funding or grants and is currently run solely on donations. Closing a few days per week will help with budget constraints, but will not solve our problem. We need to come up with solutions to prevent us from having to close our doors permanently.

We need help with running the organization, fundraising, animal care, and so much more. Please consider making a donation or volunteering to help the many animals that would otherwise die or have to be euthanized. Please send donations using the enclosed envelope.

If you would like to help at a higher level, please contact Theresa Bielawski at or 916-952-4336.

Although the details have not been hammered-out, we will probably be closing our facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in October and running through March. If you find an animal in need of help this winter, please check our website or call our hotline to make sure we are open.

10th Annual Nuts & Berries Event

WCA’s 10th Annual Nuts & Berries event will be held on December 8th, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lion’s Gate Hotel in the Grand Ballroom. The Nuts & Berries event is the largest fundraiser WCA currently puts on and every year we try to do a few things differently. Typically, we start preparing for the event in September and continue until the day of the event; this includes collecting donations, assembling gift baskets, and organizing both items and people for the event.

In 2012, we had more than 400 items in our silent auction, more than 20 raffl e prizes, and more items for sale in the gift shop. We often have more than 100 donors, both local and non-local businesses and individuals to ensure a wide variety of items to choose from.

This year we will be adding a table of different specialty desserts to the silent auction and much more seating will be available at the event. In addition to many theme baskets, we also offer a large selection of fi ne wines and wine baskets, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, baseball tickets, overnight stays at different hotels and resorts, restaurant gift certifi cates, artwork, admission to different museums and amusement parks, and so much more. If you have not attended this event in the
past, this is the year to go! Auction items start as low as $10— a great selection of items to fit every budget.

If you have new items or a service you would like to donate, please contact Theresa at or 916-952-4336.

Check Out Our New Website

Check Out Our New Website Please check out our new website at Special thanks to Ciarnelli Web Designs of Sacramento—website & graphic designer Lisa Ciarnelli did a great job with the new site. If you are looking for help with a new website design, we highly recommend you contact
Ciarnelli Web Designs at WCA would also like to thank our former webmaster, Carole Coons, for all the work she did on our former website.

WCA Wishlist

Here are items we are currently in need of—in addition to the regular items we typically request such as paper towels, toilet paper, and newspaper. For a more detailed list, please see our website at

  • Microwave Ovens
  • Food Processors
  • Printers (please, no
  • Digital Food Scales
  • Printers (please, no

  • broken printers!)

  • Digital Food Scales

  • (for weighing animals)
  • UV Lights

  • Floor fans
  • Pet Dryers (Grooming dryers)
  • Heating pads (with no auto shutoff)
  • Power Strips
  • Extension cords

We need items in working condition only—no repairs please. Donations can be dropped off at our facility any day between 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan, CA 95652. Thank you!

WCA Thank – yous

WCA would like to thank:
Aviary Sponsors

  • Nichole Kessel
  • M.P. & V. Mackey
  • Helen Dadmehr
  • Rebecca Mack
  • Roger & Louise Laurier
  • Diego Sarmiento & Martha Diaz
  • Rita Carroll
  • Ann McCandless

The Eco Club Members of C.K. McClatchy High School for donating $500 to WCA
Sacramento Natural Food Co-op makes substantial donations quarterly though their “Make Every Day Earth Day” reusable-bag token program.
Special thanks to Heringer Estates Family Vineyards & Winery for another successful Owl Release Event.

WCA Needs Donations and Volunteers

Each year it is becoming harder and harder to keep our doors open and care for the thousands of animals brought to Wildlife Care Association. The new facility was a much-needed upgrade from the little rental house on Auburn Blvd, but with more space comes higher bills and a greater need for more volunteers and donations—two things WCA is currently running low on. Please consider becoming a volunteer or making a tax deductible donation to help cover our increase in costs. See our back page story for more details.

Baby Birds are Out – Keep the Cats Inside

Nestling birds are quickly growing to be fledglings and will soon be leaving their nests. Most fledglings cannot instantly fly very far, if at all, and usually end up spending anywhere from a day to a
week on the ground, learning to fly. Although their parents are usually close by and continue to feed and encourage them, the young birds are very vulnerable because they do not have the skills to evade predators, especially cats. Most cat bites are fatal to birds and fledglings hopping around on the ground are easy targets for cats. Please consider keeping your cats indoors, especially these next few months, when many young birds will be leaving their nests and spending time on the ground before they have the strength and skill to fly.

Join Us – The Wildlife Care Association Needs People

We are currently in the height of busy season and WCA has already taken-in more animals than last year at this time. In addition to nursery, triage, and other animal care volunteers, WCA is in great need of volunteers for many positions and projects.

This year we have added an intake position, which would be manning the front desk and helping members of the public that are dropping off animals. We also need help with cleaning, doing laundry, making food for the animals, keeping the grounds mowed, repairing aviaries, building safety and maintenance, and much more. We are always looking for people to help transport animals that need to go somewhere other than our facility at McClellan Park.

Business Services
If you have a business that offers services you think WCA may need, please contact us. Any services donated to WCA are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and WCA will provide tax receipts for any services donated to our organization.

Board of Directors Members
In the past several years, the Wildlife Care Board of Directors has slowly dwindled to a small group of people. Although WCA is an animal organization, the Board should consist of local business people and members of the public that have skills useful to the organization at a higher level as well as animal care people. We are looking for people who are serious and passionate about helping Wildlife Care Association and the long-term well-being of the organization.

For more info on volunteering, please contact Cassondra at

For more info on business donations or if you are interested in joining the Board, please contact Theresa at

WCA says goodbye to Bubba, the Virginia Opossum

Bubba, the Virginia Opossum, passed away in April of this year. He was one of WCA’s newest Ambassador Animals and was just over two years old. He died of natural causes, as they typically only live 2-4 years. He was a great addition to the education team and his mellow demeanor and sweet personality made him a favorite at all of the presentations he was a part of. Bubba will be greatly missed.

In Memorium

WCA is sad to report that long-time WCA member and former WCA Vice-president, Kay Buie, has passed away. Kay was a devout animal lover and devoted much time and effort, throughout the years, to helping animals, both wild and domestic. Kay was a wonderful person that will be greatly missed.

WCA Thank Yous

WCA would like to thank Raley’s in Fair Oaks for donating produce regularly during our busy season. Thank you!

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