End of A Wild Summer
The last several weeks as summer came to an end and we transitioned into early fall, we remained busier than we can remember. We anticipate we will take in 3,000 patients this year, which would be an increase of nearly 500 patients from last year.
We have released many patients as our orphaned raccoons, coyotes, goslings, gulls, and deer were now old enough to be on their own. But, everyday more and more squirrels, cottontails, and other patients arrive. As we are the only facility in Snohomish county taking some species due to the pandemic, we have increased numbers of Eastern gray squirrels by more than twice from previous years. We have over 75 orphaned squirrels in care right now, like the one pictured above. Thank you to everyone that took time to drive them from all over the Puget Sound to get them to us for help.
One of the nearly 30 orphaned raccoons we have raised this year.
Our summer baby season was unlike any in our 40-year history. We could not have cared for so many patients without the help of our interns and volunteers. Thank you to everyone that helped by transporting an animal to our facility, donating supplies, or made financial contributions to help cover our costs. People came from all over the state this year with animals in need of care. There are no options for rehabilitation in many parts of Washington and we had to coordinate rescues and transports, all while social distancing and trying to stay safe and well.
This Raven has been living at the same location for many years. Sadly, he was being attacked by other ravens and the homeowners watched as he grew weaker and weaker. They managed to catch and contain him and brought him in for help.
He was suffering from an infection and had many bruises and some lacerations. He is improving and has recently moved from our ICU to a larger enclosure.
These intelligent and majestic birds can live between 25 and 30 years.
Fine Art Prints Fundraiser
As we have had to pivot away from educational outreach events and large fundraiser gatherings, we are excited about this new opportunity to share these unique images with you. This summer we were fortunate to have Paul Dreyfuss volunteer his time capturing our patients for our annual calendar, but he also spent time photographing our educational raptors. Visit our new photo shop at https://sarveywildlife.smugmug.com to see the images we have for sale. Paul also donated some of his wildlife images to us for this fundraiser.
So, if you have always wanted a wonderful photo of Freedom, our resident Bald eagle, or wish to have a beautiful photo of one the orphaned coyotes or owls in our care, now is your chance. Order directly on our photo site and the high-quality print will be shipped directly to you. We think you will love the detail captured in each image and these would make a great gift.
$40 for 40 ~ Celebrating 1981-2021
If you are a regular monthly donor, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Some of you make an annual contribution and we are grateful to you as well. Your donations have made it possible for us to care for thousands of patients annually.
As we approach our 40 years Rescuing, Rehabilitating, and Releasing area wildlife we are looking for new monthly donors to commit to helping us reach a new fundraising goal. Our goals for 2021 and beyond are to build several new flight cages, improve existing structures, purchase new radiograph equipment, and to have the funds on hand for a seasonal staff member to help during our peak summer months.
We cannot gather for a big fundraiser event right now, so we are seeking to increase our funding by adding new monthly donors. Thousands and thousands of you are reading this newsletter. Can you commit a monthly pledge and become a new monthly donor? In celebration of our anniversary, we are asking for $40/month, but any amount is welcome. Become a Sarvey Supporter today! Visit our website today and enroll in our monthly giving program.
Your donations help us care for every species from this prickly patient (an orphaned baby Porcupine we released recently) to this tiny little orphaned Townsend's vole. Over 125 different species are treated every year!
On Sale Now – Shop to Support
We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary next year and have created a special edition 2021 calendar. While we had hopes to celebrate with you at our annual fundraiser gala in February, that has been put on hold indefinitely due to the pandemic. We appreciate your support as we find new ways to continue our fundraising efforts. Our annual ornament and new wildlife cards will be available soon, so check back later this month for more items.