“What kind of animals will you be helping?” and “Is there really that much wildlife in my neighborhood?” Those were the main questions when your Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) a few months ago.
Here’s part of what SDWC accomplished between April 2nd and July 18th.
- We took in more than 470 patients in need of emergency care. (Yes! 470!) SDWC Director Trish Jackman says, “July is typically one of the harder months for wildlife due to the temperature changes. Our number of patients will rise and then fall near the end of August when some birds migrate south for the winter.”
- More than 105 mammals have been rehabilitated so far, including more than 28 squirrels and 45 cottontails. We’ve also helped chipmunks, raccoons, opossum, and one very feisty black tailed weasel.
- More than 300 bird patients including 200+ songbirds, hummingbirds, mourning doves, mockingbirds, sparrows, and finches. We’ve also cared for more than 47 mallards, birds of prey, and seabirds.
One of Trish’s favorite “tales” is about an adult cottontail who was hit by a car.
“Cottontails can die from sudden shock and stress. They can literally be scared to death. A critical injury can be fatal before it can even be treated.”
Trish says technicians at SDWC let the rabbit rest and recover from her shock, then went to work to save her life. “She was hit in her hind end. Her chances were not promising. We gave her pain medication and antibiotics. We cleaned her wounds every day while making sure she didn’t bond with us. If that happened, we would not have been able to release her back into the wild.”
“It took two months, but she fully healed and gained her weight back. On July 10th, we told her goodbye then watched her hop into the underbrush. We were able to give her back the life she nearly lost.”
You’ve heard us say before that, “Together we save lives.” This is a perfect example. We need you and your support to continue saving wildlife that would die without us.
For more information call 760-621-6888, visit the San Diego Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad, log on to https://sdwildlife.org/, or follow San Diego Wildlife Center on Facebook.