Dear Volundeers - Past and Present
A tribute to all Tri County Wildlife Care’s volunteers is now hanging on the wall at our center at 80 Ridge Road Suite B in Sutter Creek. These dedicated and caring people have been and are the HEART of TCWC! Words can’t describe how much they are appreciated so this Volundeer canvas has been painted by two talented and wonderful volunteers Teddy and Tasha. It is a work of art to celebrate those who made us what we are and those who now carry us forward to give our local wildlife a second chance to be wild and free. Thank you Dear Volundeers! #volunteer #savingwildlifesavesus
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HERE KITTY KITTY
Wildlife rehabilitators are a skeptical group and for good reason. We take thousands of calls each year from the public needing help with wildlife critters and quite often animals are misidentified. Some of the more comical ones have been a baby pigeon that was thought to be an eagle and a potato bug believed to be a duck.
Pat was leery when a kind caller from Murphys indicated she had a bobcat kitten on her porch. She asked the lady if she was certain that this was not simply a feral kitten. The caller insisted that the kitten was indeed a bobcat. She told Pat that there had been blasting in her area and she believed that a den had possibly been disturbed.
Pat responded to Murphys and was prepared with a carrier and heavy gloves just in case the identification was correct. Bobcats are beautiful, powerful and never, ever tame even as kittens.
She was surprised to arrive to find a beautiful little bobcat kitten snarling and frightened. These are secretive creatures, rarely seen, but common even though they avoid any human contact. This kitten reluctantly went into the carrier and this is how her second chance at freedom began.
This little girl was wild and powerful, but much too young to be on her own. She was placed into a large enclosure where she could learn to climb, hide and grow. Tri County Wildlife Care always tries to pair like species so they grow up with no bond to humans. Unfortunately, in this instance, there were no other bobcat kittens to pair with this one.
As she grew, this kitten turned into a wild cat, hiding, snarling, growling and letting us know she was wild. Before any predators leave our care, we give them live mice to assure they know how to hunt to feed themselves. This girl quickly showed she had the skills necessary to survive.
A wild place was found near her original home that provided water, food and shelter. On release day, this incredible cat shot out of the carrier. It is always a privilege for us to see these amazing creatures up close and the few moments when they are released is our payday.
Returning creatures to the wild is more than enough to make all of the hard work worthwhile. Tri County Wildlife Care, a non-profit founded in 1994, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife and helping the public learn to live in balance with nature. They envision a world where humans and wildlife thrive together. For more information, please call 209-283-3245 or visit www.pawspartners.org.
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President Sandy Greene and Treasurer Alba Arosio gratefully accepted your November 29 Giving Tuesday donations which were collected and matched by Amador Community Foundation. 39 generous donors gifted TCWC with $3100 and ACF matched with $573 which will all be used for food, medicines and temporary shelter for local wildlife in care.
And so to all of you, thank you again and here from the critters:
Thank you dear Santa and your fabulous elves,
So many gifts we are beside ourselves!
We know, dear supporters, it was really all you
Making sure we’ll have mealworms and medicines too.
Giving Tuesday made our day so merry and bright.
Love to YOU ALL and to all a good night!
Your Wondrous Wild Things
We Are Grateful For You
Giving Tuesday was indeed a giving day and we at TCWC are very grateful for your generosity. It means the world to us that you took time during your busy holiday season to support wildlife needs through all the seasons. Thank you, Thank you and Happy Holidays!
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).