With your help on Giving Tuesday, we'll be able to continue to care for more than 3,700 wild animals admitted in 2021. On this day of global generosity, we'll be raising funds for:
Bair Hugger. As Dr. Karra reports, when patients go under anesthesia for surgery, they lose the ability to maintain their body temperature. We need to provide supplemental heat. The best way to do that in a veterinary setting is through a Bair Hugger -- which provides heat like an electric blanket. With the main unit, stand, blankets, the total cost comes to $1,800 [on sale through the end of November]. With shipping … $2,000.
Incubator. We use incubators for a wide variety of baby animals that need additional warmth -- primarily baby songbirds, baby rabbits, squirrels, opossums. Dr. Karra prices them at about $800 each; we could use 10 new ones. Total price ... $8,000.
Raptor Care. Dr. Karra reports that from September - December 2020 we admitted about 100 raptors -- and we're on the same pace thus far in 2021. At least half of those raptors are admitted after being hit by cars. That means that these hawks, owls, and eagles often present with fractures and/or ocular trauma that requires surgical intervention. And these are the specialized cases where we're at the top of the rehabilitation food chain -- these kinds of patients are transferred to us from home rehabbers and other wildlife centers.
We’re hoping to raise $10,000 to support this specialized raptor care.
That gives us a Giving Tuesday total goal of $20,000.
Some friends of the Wildlife Center have issued a special challenge for Giving Tuesday 2021 – they will match each contribution we receive, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000.
Your “Giving Tuesday” contribution will help us purchase some critical equipment and will help support our lifesaving work with raptors. AND … through the challenge match … your gift will be doubled.