Join our team!!! Get involved!!

 

The Wildlife Center of Venice is always looking for new volunteers to help us help our amazing Florida wildlife and we need your help now more than ever.  Please join us at one of our free training classes for volunteers for rescuers, transporters and on-site support. Please bring lawn chairs; seating is very limited!  We had over 130 people show up for the Sarasota class!!  We would love to see you there!

 

The classes are scheduled for:

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am at the picnic shelter, Carlton Reserve, Border Road, Venice:

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am, Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd., Englewood.

If you have any questions give us a call at (941) 484-9657 or if you would like to talk about volunteering in person, pay us a visit at 3252 Border Road, Venice, FL 34292

Hurricane Irma update

 

We at the Wildlife Center of Venice are hopeful that all of our supporters and their families made it safely through Hurricane Irma. The Center sustained some minor damage and some flooding, but we are still fully operational. The day after hurricane Irma, we lost power but we still took in over 130 new patients, which is well over ten times our usual workload and our biggest intake day in WCV’s history.  The second day looks to be almost as busy but the power finally did come back on.

Many of our volunteers are onsite helping, but many are still out of town. If you have ever considered becoming part of our volunteer team, now would be the perfect time.  We could use your help working onsite, collecting and dropping off supplies or transporting animals to the center to help us clear this hurdle.  Our most urgent needs are: Unflavored Pedialyte, KMR (kitten milk replacer), Esbiliac (puppy milk replacer), Exact (or other baby parrot formula), dog and cat food (dry or canned), wild bird seed and bedding (washcloths, newspaper, bed sheets, blankets or pillowcases).  If you are able to help, please call the center at (941) 484-9657 or pay us a visit at 3252 Border Road in Venice.

Speaking of hurdles, we are proud to announce that we have secured the money for the down payment on our new property and we will be moving soon. We could not have done it without your donations. Although this is a fantastic milestone, we still have a quite a ways to go to get settled in our new home and hopeful that we can keep the momentum going. Thank you for all of the support!!!

Please visit our website’s donation page or our GoFundMe page at the link below if you are kind enough to help us help our amazing Florida wildlife.

https://www.gofundme.com/venice-wildlife-center-relocationCreated July 31, 2017

Venice Wildlife Center Relocation

 

We HAVE to move…We NEED your help…

The Wildlife Center of Venice, Inc. has the awesome opportunity to finally own its own property and satisfy long pent up growth demands in the very same neighborhood we’ve resided in and served since 2004. We not only love the neighborhood, we really love the property across the street. The beautiful and open pastures can easily accommodate our multitude of cages and aviaries, while still providing a private and tranquil setting ideal for the recuperation of our patients as they prepare for a return to the wild.

This is our best hope to make the necessary move without loss of service to any of the wildlife communities within our primary service range covering all of Sarasota and west Charlotte Counties. This is not easy as we’ve grown to treat over 4,500 such wildlife patients every year, making us the largest wildlife rescue and rehab center by patient count in our region. The Wildlife Center of Venice, Inc. has struggled to meet this ever growing patient load despite many stated facility shortcomings. Our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters deserve a lot of credit.

The catch to all of this is that we require $150,000 to secure this property purchase down payment and facilitate necessary moving costs, and we need it fast. If we can pull off the heavy lift on this dream property purchase, our monthly facility rental fees will be reduced from current levels immediately, and at the end of the day the Wildlife Center of Venice, Inc. will finally own its own destiny. We are about 70% of the way to reaching our goal, but we can’t do it without your help.

Please visit our website’s donation page or our GoFundMe page at the link below if you are kind enough to help us help our amazing Florida wildlife.

https://www.gofundme.com/venice-wildlife-center-relocationCreated July 31, 2017

 

 

 

The Giving Challenge 2016!

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Thank you to Everyone Who Supported Us

In This Year’s Giving Challenge!

The animals in our area are consistently impacted by sprawl and human activity. Helping these displaced and injured Floridians is our goal, and we need your help to accomplish this.

From noon on September 20 to noon on September 21, the Community Foundation is hosting a charitable event where they will double, or even triple your donation!

How it works:

  • If this is your first year taking part in the Giving Challenge, the Community Foundation will triple your donation of $25 to $100!
  • If you gave last year, your donation of $25 to $100 will be doubled!

Each family member can give a donation, and each donation from a different family member will count as a separate donation and also qualify for tripling. In other words I can give a hundred dollar donation, my wife can give a hundred dollar donation, and our daughter can give a hundred dollar donation. If none of us gave last year, that means our $300. becomes $900.00 for the WCV. So, you can see how important this event is for the center, and the wildlife we care for. Please tell all of your family and friends about what you are doing so they can help too.

This will help us expand our facilities and increase our rescues and rehabilitations.

Donate Now

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

Getting the Word Out!

Look out for our ad in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on Thursday!WCV-Herald-Ad

 

In an effort to spread the word about what we do, we have decided to publish our first ad in the Herald Tribune. If you saw our ad in the Tribune, and are visiting us for the first time, then you have our gratitude. If you ever come across a wild animal in need please keep us in mind. It is the caring members of our community that make our work possible and rewarding.

At the Wildlife Center of Venice (501c3 Non-Profit), we are committed to the preservation, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in our local community.  We service all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties in the State of Florida. We work hard each day to uphold these values, but we need each and every one of you to help us in this noble cause.