Meet Our Volunteers-Cathy

Cathy MacVicar is one of our regular “on-site” volunteers.  You will usually find her somewhere on the property on Tuesdays.

Cathy has been helping The Center for about 2 years and enjoys preparing meals for our patients, making sure they have fresh water, cleaning their cages, and changing their bedding.

Cathy is familiar with the challenges of the volunteer effort; moving large boxes of donated food in the refrigerator and handling some of the larger patients like pelicans and turtles.  But, the volunteers work as a team, and are always ready to lend a hand when needed.

Cathy’s “message” is that the Wildlife Center is a GREAT place to be an “on-site” volunteer.  Seeing our patients improve, recover and return to their families and homes is an amazing experience.

Her closing thought:  “Be a part of a wonderful experience and help Mother Nature in the process!”

Freedom Friday! Red Tide Success Stories

As we all know “Red Tide” was terrible this year and we are hopeful that it seems to be on it’s way out.  It was devastating to our wildlife here in Southwest Florida.  We’ve all seen the pictures and are hopeful that we never have to see anything like this ever again.  That being said, we thought we’d share some of the critters that we were able to save.  Many of them were rescued in early July when it really started to get bad and were kept for almost 4 months at the Wildlife Center of Venice until things started to clean up.   These cormorants can eat too!

We always send them back to their home turf but the water was not safe and there was no fish to eat until recently.  They seemed pretty happy to be back to their home in paradise and we are all collectively optimistic that it will continue to get better.

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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.