2019 Reflections from the Volunteer Transporters

It’s time to look back on 2019! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2019 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

My favorite beast transport this year was having the honor of presenting your 80,000th patient, a tiny opossum that a neighbor had saved after a car collision with the fatally injured mother opossum. My neighbor’s kindness and your excellent vet care inspirationally saved the tiny ‘possum and its eight siblings. Bravo!

-- Peyton, Volunteer Transporter

During one transport trip in 2019, I had several animals and all started talking to me at once --  ducks were quacking, a crow was cawing, and some other bird was chirping. Tempting to join in the vocal exchange.

-- Bill, Volunteer Transporter

All my wildlife transports were special to me – to be able to help injured patients from a little Flying Squirrel to a majestic Bald Eagle receive great care at WCV. Most of the time, there was one patient per trip. Occasionally, there were two or three patients. My special and most memorable of my transported injured wildlife has to be the time that I picked up a Bald Eagle, a Great Blue Heron, and a Great Horned Owl from an emergency vet in Yorktown, VA. All patients were placed comfortably in crates in my small SUV. As I was driving, I got a call from the WCV front desk stating that there was a Flying Squirrel in Williamsburg. Lucky for the flying squirrel, I was heading that way at that time. The arrangement was made to pick it up. For the first time, I had both injured claws and paws patients in the same trip. It was a special trip for me.

-- Thum, Volunteer Transporter

Check out all of our year-in-review posts!