Whether it be a baby bird fallen from a tree, a bald eagle desperately cli ging to life, a baby bob cat lost and in danger of being killed or a racoon, opposum or squirrel in need of rescue, Gail and Ed will never refuse a call to rescue. Working tirlessly and endlessly, giving unselfishly at any cost these amasing people never cease to amaze and inspire me.
I have taken numerous animals to Ed and Gail at all hours of the day and night and known that they would receive the best chance at survival and return to the wild. Somehow they manage to care for thousands of animals annually out of their very small home. They are desperately in need of larger premises, yet no animal is turned away. With the loss of habitat to escalating new developments in the surrounding areas, more and more wildlife is displaced. They have devoted their lives to this for the last 25 years with the help of volunteers, donations and the occasional grant. If animals have health issues and can't survive in the wild, they are put in a separate sanctuary and used for educational purposes.
Their passion , compassion, expertise and determination are contagious and make up for the limited resources with which they continue to operate in 3 counties. This includes picking up animals that people can't bring in. I was so inspired I volunteered and now know the challenges they face and continue to overcome on a daily basis.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Ed and Gail at Wildlife Inc. for the past 10 years. When I retired, I went looking for a nonprofit that needed volunteers and initially I ended up at organizations that didn't manage to keep me very busy, so I continued looking. Once I signed up with Wildlife Inc. I found just what I was looking for because there is never, ever a moment when there is nothing to do there! Many days I put in several hours and leave there exhausted! Don't get me wrong, feeding and cleaning for these precious animals is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done! When I do leave there with aching muscles but a light and happy heart, I always marvel at the tireless work Ed and Gail devote to this amazing organization every single day of the year! I truly do not know how they maintain their energy. Their work there is never ending. If any nonprofit is deserving of recognition and support, it is Wildlife Inc.!
As the Volunteer Director of Education Services for Wildlife, Inc. since 2005, I, along with other dedicated volunteers, deliver customized programs for a wide variety of public and private entities, serving audiences from pre-school to assisted living, including special needs people of all ages. Working with a roster of education birds, Wildlife, Inc. provides incalculable service to the community, fostering an appreciation of the uniqueness of the Florida ecosystem, and advocating for meaningful and mutually beneficial trade-offs between our human and animal populations in an era of rapid change.
David Sadkin, Ph.D.
I've been volunteering with this organization for the summer and it has been the best. Gail and Ed run the wildlife center from their home, and make sure all the funds they recieve goes directly to feeding and caring for the animals. They dedicate practically all there time to helping these creatures make it on there own, even when they are tired and just want to take a nap. I've learned so much from volunteering here. Its awesome because I get to see such a wide range of animals. They never turn down an animal, regardless of its species or its condition. It is such a great experience because you know you are making a difference and everyone there is dedicated to helping. I really hope that Gail and Ed will be able to raise enough money to have a privet facility, so that the center can expand, help more animals, and Gail and Ed will finally not have a zoo at home.
Gail has worked in wildlife rehab tirelessly and with absolute devotion for decades. All of the donations go directly to feeding and care of whatever injured or orphaned animal comes her way. The facility is humble, but adequate. Her husband, Ed, and a precious few other volunteers and family members help to back her up. But when her heart is breaking and she hasn't slept in days, she is the one who is always there for the animals who need her.
Wildlife Inc. is an unexpected treasure on Anna Maria Island, Florida. It was started by a Gail and Ed Straight in 1987 and has been growing and operating out of a part of their home and backyard since that time. They now rescue and rehabilitate over 4000 birds, mammals and reptiles a year. As a volunteer now for a over a year I have seen the love and care that goes into serving the needs of our local wildlife. One Green Planet just named Wildlife Inc to be #1 on it's list of 12 Excellent Wildlife Rehabs Centers in the US. Since they rely only on private donations and grants and have an operating budget of about $100,000 annually they would benefit greatly by your donations. Their vision is to have a private facility with more space in order to expand their services. Let's make it happen!
Wildlife Inc. is my wildlife center. I've worked with them since 1999. They are the only wildlife rehab center in Manatee County that I would work with. The center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases thousands of birds, mammals, and reptiles each year that have been orphaned, sick, injured or any combination of the above, mostly due to human interaction. They offer quality educational programs to schools, and community centers. The center is quite small, yet very focused on their goals to support wildlife in this changing world. The center is of the belief that all life is precious and deserving of compassion and respect for their true nature. My role as a rescue person gives me the daily experience in which all wildlife commands the very best care the center has to offer. I'm so fortunate to be connected to this incredible organization.
Wildlife Inc. is my fourth wildlife center I've volunteered for and by far the most fantastic! They are certainly the wildlife gem of Anna Maria Island and Manatee Co. by far. The center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases birds, mammals, and reptiles that have been orphaned, sick, injured or in combination of the above. They offer quality educational programs to schools, community centers and provide their knowledge and experiences at various fairs and community gatherings. The center is small, exceedingly dynamic and focused on their goals to support wildlife in this changing world. This center encompasses my belief that all life is precious and deserving of compassion and respect for the true nature of the critter. My role as a rescue person and home care to orphaned raccoons for six years now gives me the daily experience in which all native wildlife commands the very best care the center has to offer. I'm so fortunate to be with this incredible organization.