Suffice it to say, the last week or so has been … something. A virus that has been slowly trekking its way across the globe touched American soil, and we all reacted as well as we could, based on new scientific findings and changing government mandates. Together the general public has been coming to terms with not only this new reality, but also the understanding that this reality could be sticking around for a while.
Across the country, schools, sports leagues, and events are being cancelled, businesses are shutting their doors, and citizens are hunkering down. Many people are anxious, many people are confused, and many people have dry and chapped hands from the 14 squirts of hand sanitizer that they’ve applied before 10 AM.
Here at the Wildlife Center, we take this virus very seriously, and have been keeping up with all developments as they come. We are doing our best to maximize our cleanliness, and minimize our potential contact with and transfer of this virus. Thus far we are all healthy, and moving forward as best we can.
We’re making the changes we can to do our part to help protect our nation’s health. What has not changed, however, is our steadfast commitment to the mission of this Center – a hospital for native wildlife, teaching the world to care about, and care for, wildlife and the environment. Box Turtles have never heard of COVID-19; Black Bear cubs know nothing about social distancing; wildlife continues to be injured, or orphaned, or displaced. Our dedicated team will continue to care for these animals, and accept new patients as we always have done.
Sure, the Center may be a little quieter, and some of us will work from our kitchen tables, but we want everyone to understand that this doesn’t change our organizational commitment to help native wildlife.
To all WCV family and friends, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your support and continued partnership. We can continue to provide state-of-the-art veterinary care – we can continue to share stories of our patients – only because you have helped us. In times of uncertainty, it is people like you who “keep the lights on.”