COVID-19: Wild Care’s Status
A Message from our Executive Director
March 26, 2020
Wild Care Friends. We hope you are all healthy and safe during this unsettling time.
We want you all to know that during this time of uncertainty, Wild Care is here!
VOLUNTEERS: For the health and safety of our volunteers, we have asked them to refrain from their volunteer shifts until May 4th, or further notice.
STAFF: For the health and safety of our staff, we’ve limited the hours that they are physically on-site at our facility. Our hours change daily depending on the needs of our patients. We continue to monitor our Wildlife Helpline from 9 AM – 5 PM daily, both on-site and remotely.
ANIMAL ADMISSIONS: While Massachusetts is under a “stay at home” advisory, wildlife are still facing impacts in the environment, and animals are being brought to our door by caring individuals. Wild Care provides an essential service to the Community and to the wildlife of Cape Cod, and we do not wish to close our doors. We also receive many animals from the local police and Animal Control Officers, and we need to be here for them.
We ask that you PLEASE CALL FIRST before dropping off an animal: 508-240-2255. If you leave a message, we will get back to you.
After 5PM, please contact the Friends of Cape Wildlife hotline, 508-375-3700.
CURRENT ANIMALS IN CARE:
We have a small number of patients in our care at this time and they continue to be our utmost priority. Please check our Facebook
page where we continue to post updates and uplifting stories!
While our public education programs have all been postponed, we are extremely fortunate to keep our doors open during this time of crisis, thanks to the generous support we receive from people like YOU, year-round. We fear the financial repercussions of this pandemic, which has left people jobless. We fully realize that many will not be able to provide charitable gifts in the foreseeable future.
I want you to know that Wild Care is paying our staff for their regularly scheduled hours. We do not wish for our staff to experience hardship during this unfortunate time.
Please stay safe and well, everyone. We need you as much as you need us! <3
Please consider a Donation today.
Executive Director, Stephanie
Photo: This Mute Swan was rescued in Dennis after it was struck by a car and stuck in the car’s grill, and brought to Wild Care where the bird is recovering. Photo by Leah Myrbeck.
Photo: This Red-tailed Hawk was rescued from Chatham after two separate rescue attempts. The bird was sitting in the rain, soaking wet, thin and weak, with a wound over his right eye. The bird is being treated for rodenticide poisoning (secondary poisoning by anticoagulant rat/mouse poison) and is responding well! Photo by Kerry Reid.
Wild Care has 7 orphaned Eastern Gray Squirrels in home care with our staff and trained volunteers. The tiny babies like the squirrel seen here require overnight feedings. Photo by Amy Sanders.