Seeking Support for Heaven’s Sake; Rochester Wild Animal Rescue Having Busiest Season Ever
Funding Needed: Injured, Abandoned Animals Receive Second Chance, but Resources Are Stretched Thin
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 9:16 pm
By Justyna Tomtas / firstname.lastname@example.org
For six years, injured and abandoned animals have been able to find sanctuary at a local animal rescue and rehabilitation center.
As many of the animals as possible are nursed back to health and returned to the wild. In some cases, if they are unfit to survive in the wild, they are kept in captivity but used to educate the public on the dangers of taking them in.
For Heaven’s Sake Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation in Rochester has been working diligently to provide for the animals brought to their facilities with services. With more than 100 animals on the property now, including a coyote pup, a bobcat kitten and almost 20 fawns, the all-volunteer force works long hours to ensure the animals are safe.
That’s becoming increasingly difficult.
In recent weeks, the rescue operation has been appealing on social media for donations and volunteers from the public amid a spike in activity that threatens to render it unable to complete its sizeable mission.
So far this year, the shelter has helped more than 1,100 animals, representing its busiest season ever.
“Every year we see an increase as people get to know us,” Founder Claudia Supensky said of the organization. “We’ve got so many animals and baby birds right now.”
Although the nonprofit has only been open for six years, Supensky has ample experience in rehabilitation with more than 45 years of practice.
She started rehabilitating animals in high school when she found three baby jackrabbits. Back then, no license was needed, something that is now required.
With some of the strictest rehabilitation laws in the nation, it is illegal in Washington for anyone to keep wildlife in his or her possession if he or she is not licensed, Supensky said.
By keeping animals, it can be detrimental to their chances of reacclimating themselves to the wild. Supensky said it is important for those who find an injured or abandoned animal to bring them to the proper place to get help.
Since For Heaven’s Sake takes in all animals, including fawns, they are a popular destination when someone finds wildlife in need of care.
The services provided are free of charge, but support and donations are needed to help keep the place running.
David Supensky, Claudia’s husband, said the biggest expenses are veterinarian care and food, with formula costing as much as $115 a bucket. With the number of fawns the rescue currently has, one bucket only lasts a week. The total expenses quickly add up when the other animals are put into the equation.
All of the money goes 100 percent directly to the care of animals, Claudia Suspensky said, noting that she pays for all of the overhead and electricity herself.
“We can use all the help we can,” she said.