As the excessive heat of summer approaches we have decided to adjust our operating hours.
Effective July 1, 2018, the Center will be open from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM for receiving new patients. (Office hours will remain 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.)
This early opening schedule will allow us to more effectively deal with the care and feeding of the animals in our care. It will also be easier for our hard working rehabilitation personnel to begin their day by checking on the most critical patients and reviewing the priorities for the day.
Going forward we will be making other adjustments in procedures so that we can deliver an even better recovery rate for our patients. An example of this will be new guidelines on our website that will help with understanding what to do with injured animals until we can get there to lend a hand.
Your Wildlife Center is continuing to grow and adapt to create a new even more effective future for the wildlife in Southwest Florida.
Last year The Wildlife Center of Venice handled over 4,500 animals. As you can imagine, dealing with the phones can be quite hectic. In order to make sure that the phone lines are available for rescue calls, we are instituting a new policy for inquiries about the status of rescued wildlife.
In the best interest in the animal that needs help, please do not call the office to ask about the status of a patient. Our website or our social media are not monitored for rescues, the best thing to to is to call WCV at (941) 484-9657 and leave a message if we don’t pick up.
Instead, if you want to check on the status of a patient, please send an email with details to WcvPatientStatus@gmail.com and we will gladly get back to you as soon as we can. Be sure to include your name, the date and location of the rescue and the type of animal.
At the Center, our Volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission. It is the volunteers who rescue, clean and feed, transport patients to and from the wonderful vets that work with us, bring food and supplies to the Center, repair well… everything – answer phones, enter data, track patient progress, and everything else. The purpose and focus of all those activities is simple, to help wildlife in a world that is increasingly difficult and dangerous.
We’d like to introduce you to some of these wonderful folks in our e-mail newsletter. If you have a chance to talk with them – be careful… their rescue work tends to be a favorite topic of conversation.
Let’s start with one of our “long-time” volunteers, Peg McGee (pictured above). Peg has probably done ALL of the above “jobs” at one time or another in her 15 years of volunteering with the Center. If you’ve ever been near any beach or body of water in the Venice area, it’s more than likely you’ve run into Peg! This picture was taken at the Venice South Jetty as she was trying to rescue FOUR different Pelicans who found themselves entangled with line, hooks and sinkers. Peg is usually successful.
Note from Peg: If you hook a pelican, reel it in slowly and DO NOT cut the line. If you are uncomfortable taking the hook out, please call WCV (941-484-9657) for help or ask another fisherman for help. (This “do not cut” advice works for all wildlife that becomes entangled… including turtles.)
A huge thank you goes out to all of WCV’s fabulous supporters. The Giving Challenge was a thorough success and exceeded our expectations. We are humbled by your generosity. Thanks to your donations, we will be able to keep doing what we do. If you missed the deadline, you can still make a donation, shop at our Amazon Wishlist or get some WCV swag at our Online Store by clicking here. We at The Wildlife Center of Venice and our Florida critters can’t thank you enough!!
Here is a fantastic video made by one of our volunteers, Garrett Kipp of the renesting of two juvenile barred owls whose nest was blown down in a storm. After only a few days (and a few free meals) at The Wildlife Center of Venice, they were given a clean bill of health and were ready to be sent back to their new, sturdier nest. Thanks to Mike and Tammy Kipp for another perfectly executed renest.
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.