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Monday, June 29, 2009

Ode to My Sister, Rescuers and Other Rehabbers!

I just wanted to give everyone a little insight on why this blog was started and give props to all those who rescue, rehabilitate animals.

I love wildlife like my sister and want to give you a little background on what she does and how it started. I am proud of what she does as a rehabber and at her job and how she loves to teach her child and my boys things about animals. When we were little I always knew she would be doing something to help animals. If she saw roadkill she would immediately want to bury the animal (To this day she will pull over on the side of the road to take care of a cat or other small animal if it had been hit by a car, alive or dead).

My Mom sometimes would have to drive with my sister to help her take care of these animals (deer, cats, dogs and more). Usually the only things they didn't go bury for my sister was possums, skunks and raccoons (Due to the temperment and other issues involving those animals when they were hit or hurt). If she found strays she would beg our parents to help her get them to their homes. We had a cat once that was given to us by our aunt and uncle. We lived on a farm at the time and had neighbors that owned a dairy. The cat had wandered onto their property and got attacked by their dogs horribly. Our neighbor brought the cat to us and she wasn't doing. My sister and I, both in tears begged our mom, dad and a friend of theirs to help her. They stayed up all night, trying to keep her alive and help her, make her comfortable. At the time we didn't have alot of money so a visit to the vet wasn't an option. They did everything they could but the cat didn't survive the night, we were devastated.

My sister still has a hard time when an animal doesn't pull through, wild or domesticated. She has compassion for all animals and always has. That is why she is great at what she does. I am so proud of the way she cares for the animals that get brought into the veteranary hospital where she works by clients. Sometimes I will recieve a call about how saddened she was about a clients cat that had to be put down. Usually it is a tear-filled call and I remind her that the clients were lucky to have someone talk to them as compassionate and caring as she about their pet. She has the same hands-on involvement in them as she does with the wildlife she has helped rehab.

I also recieve the same types of calls when she has lost an wild animal that she was rehabbing. Especially the baby animals. She is so invested in their care (Feeding them every hour throughout an entire day for weeks on end, cleaning, keeping them warm) that it is hard for her to see them not make it. These are the types of people that make good rehabbers. Yes, they can take a step back and do the job at hand, but they also care so much about what they are doing that they can be disappointed or heartbroken when an animal doesn't pull through. Yet they keep doing what they do for the sake of these animals that can't speak for themselves and take care of themselves. When there are sucesses, they are overjoyed and are happy to release them back into the wild or if they can't be released they are placed in a sanctuary, nature center or zoo that will take them in.

I respect the vigor and commitment it takes to do the job my sister does, even while going to school, working and raising a child. My sister and other wildlife rehabbers or animal rescuers spend money out of their own pockets, use all of their spare time and resources to save these animals that other people would not or could not. This post is in honor of those people like my sister that love what they do and are committed to saving these animals. Education is key!

I can name a few others that I respect like my sister for doing what they can to save some or all creatures big or small. Please support them in their efforts or check out their sites that I list here. There are many out there, so I will only name a few. They include:

I Love Rescue Animals - One of our sister sites, run by two lovely women who are very dedicated animal lovers. Please support their effort by donating or helping them in their quest to find homes for shelter animals. Link:

JournOwl - Another wonderful blog that has great insight and into conservation of owls and other wildlife, this blogger also has two other sites that are dedicated to the preservation of habitat and conservation on marine life and endangered species stats (See Thriving Oceans & Bio the Numbers). Link to JournOwl:
Thriving Oceans - Link:
Bio The Numbers - Link:

NestCams - A site run by Cornell Lab of Orinthology. It is great place to view video of the nesting habits of different birds. Link:

ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) - You can donate or become a member to help stop cruelty to animals! Link:

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Daisy said...

It takes a lot of compassion to rescue animals. A new rescue center just opened in our area for pets, not wild animals. They're a no-kill no-cage rescue, and they use foster homes to rehabilitate the animals and place them with caring families. Here's credit to wildlife rehabbers, who have an extra responsibility: reintroducing these animals to the wild.

Anonymous said...

Wildlife rehab is a true calling that gives back to the community as well as the ecosystem. The reward is in spreading knowledge and healing wildlife...and ultimately providing some with a chance to once again grace our landscapes.

Keep up the great work!