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2012-12-06 / Community News

Wildlife Rescue Featured in Elgin

The Owl, Elgin’s home goods store and wine bar, is pleased to announce that Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of Austin will be at the store on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2pm until 4pm with two live Screech Owls. Wildlife Rescue, Inc of Austin is a non-profit organization that has been helping the sick, injured and orphaned indigenous wildlife of central Texas since 1977. The licensed wildlife rehabilitators that work with them perform an amazing job of helping the animals be brought to their intake center at 5401 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Austin. The organization operates solely on donations from supporters and receives no city, state, or federal funding.

Wildlife Rescue is in need of donations of wild birdseed, paper towels, puppy chow (any brand except Old Roy), or cash to support this great organization. “We are excited about our new partnership with Wildlife Rescue, Inc.” said owner Molly Alexander. “It makes sense to forge such a partnership not only because of the store’s name, but the owner of our building, Melissa Cole, has worked with Widlife Rescue, Inc. for years, allowing the organization to release numerous wild rehabilitated animals on her conservation property near Camp Swift.”

At the Wildlife Rescue Intake Center the animals are assessed to determine what steps need to be taken to give the animals the best chance for survival and make sure they are returned to the wild. After the initial triage, the animals are picked up from the center by rehabilitators that are state and federally licensed to complete the care cycle. When the animals have completed their rehabilitation, they are released at appropriate release sites to live their lives in the wild. We handle approximately five thousand animals annually through our intake center.

Not only does Wildlife Rescue rehabilitate wild animals, but they also help the public by providing a hotline where wildlife/human conflicts can be alleviated with good information provided by their staff at (512) 472-9453 (472- WILD).

“We feel that it is better to alleviate a problem before an animal has to be brought to our center for help. Often baby squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and deer can be re-united with their mothers, and young fledgling birds can be left with their parents for feeding and training. Our hotline handles over twenty thousand calls a year” said volunteer Sallie Delahoussaye.

With an ever expanding urban population, there are increasing problems that arise with indigenous wildlife. Wildlife Rescue, Inc. provides educational programs for the public to help them understand how to better live in harmony with their wildlife neighbors.

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