Research indicates that there are approximately 2 million free-ranging cats in the state of Virginia, approximately 1.2 million of them are unowned. Many of these gather in colonies which represent serious health risks to the community, nuisance to neighborhoods, and have a devastating effect on wildlife--not to mention the serious risks to the health and well-being of the cats themselves.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
On this particular Wednesday, I was totally content. I felt like all the stars in the universe had aligned so that I could be exactly where I was meant to be in life.
That rescue on October 7 reminded me, once again, of the critical need for the Center. What would I have done if there hadn’t been a Center? How would I have dealt with that injured turtle? And what about that family that found the toad, or the chipmunk, or the Bobolink?
While she has come a long way, there is still quite a long way to go. I will continue to cross my fingers until the day that I see patient #23-3492 with the words “evaluate for release” next to her name.
This year, I am looking back on a very rare, cute, and special little frog called an Eastern Spadefoot.
The rehabilitation team began our adventure to train this fox in the hopes that she would be able to acclimate appropriately to life in captivity as an education animal. None of us could have imagined the joy that training her brought us.
When I look back on this year, I'll remember how fun it was to read Marigold's unexpected stories in the paper, and how much I enjoyed introducing everyone to our friendly neighborhood opossum.
Once at the release location, he took his time sniffing the air in his transport box. He spent maybe five minutes looking out into the forest in front of him before he caught a scent and meandered off into the undergrowth.
Throughout the week, I ran into so many former co-workers who are out there in the wildlife world, doing big, impressive, important things.
While the day I got the opportunity to work with a favorite animal didn’t have the outcome I had envisioned, I was so proud of myself and everybody around me that day.