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We need each other to keep our environment healthy.
The animals are unintentionally being injured or orphaned as their habitats rapidly fade away into roads and buildings. Please take a few minutes to learn how we help each other & how we can co-exist peacefully. It is, most often, is just understanding the roles that humans and animals have.
Wild Kritters of Niagara County is a non-profit group of State & Federally licensed volunteers who rescue injured & orphaned wildlife in distress. Wild Kritters cares for and raises the animals to be released back to the wild as quickly as possible.
With proper medical care, and intensive nursing practices most the animals rescued will be released back to their natural habitat. This is often time intensive and each animal has unique needs because of injuries, nutritional status. The day comes to release or "foster kids" and all of the efforts & time are worth it. Wild Kritters get animals native to our area along with the migratory birds that are federally protected, and even some non-native animals . Yep several years ago we got an alligator, the DEC helped get him back to a proper environment.
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Update from our President
When it comes to animals, we all have a soft spot - we all want to those that appear orphaned. Our first human reaction is to quick, I must save them. But sometimes,our first reaction is not often the best.
Let me share with you my story.
I'm writing this - the sun is shining, house work needs to be done, but I am broken hearted - once again - over what is going on in our wildlife world.
Last night four baby raccoons came in. I do not know the reason why they came into peoples hands, why people handled them; I'm sure they had good intentions. I feed them, give them a comfortable bed and habitat and will continue to do so until Monday. For on Monday, the Health Department will come and take them away and destroy the babies. You see, these babies were handled by several different families and individuals, the babies must now be tested for the rabies virus. The ONLY sure way to determine if an animal has rabies is to examine the brain; to do so, the animal must be euthanized. The risk of rabies, whether it be an adult or baby animal is STILL there. We do not take chances when a human life is at stake so the animals have to be put down to see if they carry the virus.
Sure, I could have turned the baby raccoons over last night, but they would have had no food, no water and just left for their doom on Monday.
This is difficult for any rehabilitator to do. We look into those soulful eyes and see their fear. I swear I sometimes see tears. Yet to a rehabber we know that their last few days or hours we can make as comfortable as possible.
It is the beginning of baby season, we urge you to leave the animals alone. CALL FOR HELP BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING. Yes, we are busy but will get back to you as soon as we can. If we do not get back to you fast enough , KEEP CALLING, or call the next one on the list just DO NOT TOUCH any wildlife until you get professional advise.
We must be learn to co-exist with mother nature and her creatures. Their reason for being here on earth is not our decision; it is the Man above who decided they should be here. If you are a NCO and trap an animal, please check for babies before you get rid of the Mom. Go back and look for the babies before releasing her and release them together, as a family. Believe it or not, this is how most of the racoons come to us. Well meaning people trap, release and then find the babies later. If they do not find them the babies die a slow painful death.
We are here to help -- PLEASE USE US. Remember:
IT IS BABY SEASON, LOOK BEFORE YOU ACT, WHEN IN DOUBT CALL US.
Clown Around With Mrs. Busy B
She does balloon creations, magic, face painting, company events and loves childrens birthday parties. Mrs. Busy B comes to our annual basket raffle every year to help support the animals and does amazing face painting. Thank you Mrs. Busy B