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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