The Issue: Increased Population of Orphaned Mammals
Wildwoods rehabilitates a variety of orphaned animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, fox, and deer. In the fall, the large number of orphaned baby squirrels and rabbits it receives drains its resources, leaving its funds low for spring, when another wave of orphaned animals will arrive and need care. Orphaned squirrels require six feedings per day of milk replacers, as well as grapes, avocados, apples, and hazelnuts; rabbits require three to four feedings of milk replacer with probiotics along with organic greens and hay as they wean onto solids.
The Campaign: Feeding Orphaned Squirrels and Rabbits
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Wildwoods can feed 40 orphaned squirrels or rabbits for two months, thanks to matching donations from an anonymous donor. Donations will be matched up to $2,500. Baby squirrels and rabbits require milk replacers specific to their species. Young squirrels that have transitioned to solids require hazelnuts, fruits, and vegetables, whereas rabbits eat organic greens such as romaine and kale. Each additional $10 raised will feed another orphaned mammal for one month.
All donations will be matched up to a $2,500 total by an anonymous donor.
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Wildwoods’ volunteers work to make a difference in animals’ lives, aiming to strengthen the bond between humans and animals, exercise compassion, and give a second chance to animals that humans have hurt through landscaping, pesticides, and the introduction of machines into a once-natural world. To that end, Wildwoods rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals that range from rabbits and squirrels to woodpeckers and deer. The organization provides rescued wildlife with shelter and medical care until the adolescent animals can survive in the wild. Volunteers clean the enclosures daily, medicate sick animals, and feed them specialized diets that can include hazelnuts, milk replacer, and vegetables, depending on the species and age of the animal.