Let me start by thanking you for your support and making 2010 so successful. It is because of people like you—either through monetary donations, volunteering or simply moral support that we have achieved so much over this past year.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah (WRCNU) has taken in over 1,600 wild animals this year that would not have survived without the services we provide. Most of the animals we see have come to our facility due to some type of human-caused impact: gunshots, electrocutions, litter entanglement, pet attacks, various traps, loss of habitat and misplaced goodwill. We are able to release approximately 65% of these animals back into the wild thanks to your generosity and support.
We have successfully made it through our first full year as a nonprofit and are quickly approaching our second year anniversary. Over this past year we have engaged the help of 150 volunteers who have selflessly given nearly 15,000 hours of service.
As the cornerstone of our organization, we have an amazingly diverse group of volunteers. We have had the pleasure of working with many individuals as well as great groups from Weber State University, Boy Scouts of America, Hill Air Force Base, various religious groups as well as private and public schools. As always, our Junior Volunteer program was once again a huge hit.
WRCNU reached a huge milestone this year and we want to share some really exciting news with you: as most of you may already know, Dr. Penrod of Brookside Animal Hospital generously allowed us the temporary use of the facility at 138 W 12th Street—the time has come for us to move. WRCNU reached an agreement with Ogden City that will allow us the use of the vacated Ogden Animal Shelter, located at 1490 Park Blvd, Ogden.
We are in a wonderful location at the mouth of Ogden Canyon in a beautiful setting next to the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. The facility is much larger and will open up many exciting opportunities for our organization. We will continue to provide an outstanding wildlife rehabilitation service, and will be expanding our efforts to provide more expansive public education programs. We have a lot to do in the new facility to prepare for the coming New Year.
WRCNU will be partnering with Dinosaur Park to enhance their education programs as well as offering programs of our own. Our services will include an outreach program that will bring a wide variety of wildlife and topics into the school classrooms, as well as education animals on exhibit and a fun place to visit.
People are often amazed at the actual cost of rehabilitating individual animals—this is not an inexpensive task. As an example, we provide (below) a sampling of individual animals and their associated feeding expenses. Each animal below is assumed to be in our care for a 3 month period prior to release. In addition, if medical assistance is required the expenses can increase $50 - $1,500 per animal.
Western Screech Owl - $115
American Robin - $135
Cedar Waxwing - $140
Great Horned Owl - $230
Golden Eagle - $432
American White Pelican - $180
American Beaver - $200
Red Tree Squirrel - $50
Considering the above costs and then multiplying them by the 1,600 animals we took in this year provides a glimpse at just our food related expenses.
In order for WRCNU to continue providing these deeply needed services and to expand our efforts, we need your help—please remember that we receive no state or federal funding and like our wildlife, we survive by donations and contributions alone.
Please consider WRCNU for your end-of-year tax deductable contribution by mailing a check in the enclosed return envelope or by visiting our website at www.wrcnu.org and click on the “Donate” button in the upper right corner of the home page.
We need your support and what better way to celebrate the caring spirit of this special time of year.
With warm wishes from all of us at WRCNU,