FRIENDS OF TEXAS WILDLIFE
April 11, 2010
January 2, 2010 Friends of Texas Wildlife
I’m so glad I found your organization to help with two abandoned animals found in my yard in 2009.
The first was a fawn, probably 2-3 days old, which had obviously been abandoned. It was very weak and we didn’t know how to save it.
After much searching and contacting veterinarians, Friends of Texas Wildlife was recommended to us. I contacted Janette Winkelmann who immediately guided me in the fawn’s care. First, I returned it to the site where it was found, and observed it for many hours into the night to ensure the mother didn’t return. After that, we put the deer in a pet carrier and took it to her house where, finding it very dehydrated, Janette immediately started care. The fawn was named Patsy and I’m happy to say that, after many months care, she was released into the wild.
The second animal I caught was a young raccoon that I had observed for days trying to join another mother and babies with no success. It was scared, hungry, and in urgent need of attention.
Once again, Janette came to the rescue and took “Patrick” in for care. After being in quarantine for a few weeks, getting his shots, and being fed the correct foods, he joined the family of other young raccoons in care. Another success story, as he was later released when a big, healthy animal.
I’ve met so many of the rehabbers with Friends of Texas Wildlife who spend hours a day and night caring for injured and abandoned wildlife. With no reimbursement for their expenses, theirs is definitely a gift of love. I am happy to support them.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the way the abandoned animals we found were taken in, recuperated and eventually released.
Seen injured and starving animals giving loving care for months at a time, to be fully healthy before release.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the caring people who volunteer with the group. The rehabbers spend hours each day taking care of the needy animals - mainly at their own expense. They get together and compare notes and help one another learn how to care for each animal
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
No staff exist, only volunteers. I've never seen such a dedicated, caring group of people.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Have an intake center to make it easier to receive animals in need, not have the rehabbers spend so much out of their own pocket, expand to help hundreds more animals.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & Feeding/cleaning animals, paperwork, fund raising.