January 20, 2012
SOAR is one of Iowa's best kept secrets. They do so much for the environment and the raptor population in this state that I am amazed they are not on the front page every week. Kay Neumann's diligence and dedication are from the heart, but the care and treatment her facility offers are state of the art. And she drives all over the state to transport sick and injured raptors. If only lead poisoning were not a factor, SOAR would have much less to do. The heartbreak and disappointment when recovery is impossible would stop most of us, but Kay and her team hang in there, keep on going and I don't know how they do it. With a combination of good science, devotion, a little luck and some donations, this group of rehabbers has brought attention to careless, unnecessary infliction of injury on birds of prey in Iowa. Her shoestring non-profit budget could always use a boost, I am sure. I donate a little as is possible, but do so confidently knowing that there is no waste and that all funds go to the cause, not to frills. SOAR is truly a gem of an organization. Thank you Kay and Linette and your families and friends, the volunteers and the community of raptor enthusiasts that helps them do their work.
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