The Need: Orphaned and Injured Skunks
When Sally Skunk was attacked by a cat in August of last year, she barely got away with her life. In the time between the attack and when an Oregon resident took Sally to Wildlife Rescue Aid Project, she'd become emaciated, immobile, and covered in maggots. But she was alive. And four weeks later, she was walking. When skunks like Sally are attacked, they must be rehabilitated, and when they are orphaned, they must be taught how to survive in the wild or else they will likely die.
The Issue: Caring for Baby Skunks
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Wildlife Rescue Aid Project to care for orphaned or injured baby skunks. For every $150 raised, Wildlife Rescue Aid Project can provide three months of boarding, food, and medical care for one baby skunk. The organization usually starts receiving skunks in early June, then cares for them until they are ready to return to the wild—generally around the end of August. In the ensuing three months, they feed the babies a specialized skunk-milk formula, give the older skunks mice, crickets, and worms, and teach them how to spray and catch their own prey.
Wildlife Rescue Aid Project
The volunteers at Wildlife Rescue Aid Project receive more than 50 striped skunks a year. Then they do what most people would not: they care for the skunks, provide food and shelter, and teach them how to hunt and spray in self defense. These rescued skunks and other mammals native to Oregon are often orphaned or injured and in need of extensive rehabilitation before they can return to the wild. So the volunteers ensure they find proper veterinary care to heal, and spend roughly 20 hours a day in a cycle of feeding and cleaning. When the skunks are ready to go, the volunteers identify each with a marker or cut a specific pattern into its hair to track its progress.