Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc., is a nonprofit that models how wildlife rescue orgs should be run. Just one example over 15 years of calling on this nonprofit: One weekend some years ago, a red-bellied woodpecker somehow got stuck in our chimney flue. Kept extending his wings to fly out, but the chimney flue was too narrow. We called Piedmont Wildlife Rehab and got a call back within no time. My husband managed to devise a safe way to get the woodpecker out of the chimney flue (maybe inspired by a volunteer who called -- I don't recall now), but getting prompt, helpful call-backs from Piedmont Wildlife Rehab meant a lot. I value Piedmont Wildlife Rehab's emphasis on education as well. Every time I have a question, it's answered.
This is such an amazing organization, and run by caring, dedicated people. They brought groundhogs to our school, and gave a wonderful presentation! The students as well as the teachers were engaged and learned so many things. There was a slideshow, props, acting, and costumes that the children loved. I was particularly impressed by the fact that, not only did these people care and know so much about wildlife, they were very knowledgeable about how to capture and maintain the interest of a vast audience of elementary students!
What a great group of people with hearts of gold. They are so dedicated to saving wildlife and educating the public. We have had the honor of hosting PWR in our store several times, and they do a wonderful job.
I've known Melissa Coe for more than 20 years, & I know that she gives her all to her friends, both human & wildlife. She has a huge heart & deep devotion to tending to the animals most people completely overlook. She will go to any lengths to do what needs to be done for them - I have seen her do it time & time again. She loves to take her animal ambassadors out for public events to teach people about conservation & what they can do to help these creatures who cannot speak for themselves. She has put her last dime, more than once, into food or shelter for the animals she is helping. I am so pleased to be able to call her a friend & also to help her raise money for her nonprofit.
I can't say enough positive things about this organization. If you want to see a truly dedicated, selfless, giving group of folks, look no further than these wildlife rehabbers. They operate with very little financial support, yet are always available to answer a frantic phone call or to drive miles and miles to transport or pick up a sick or injured animal. They barely sleep so that baby rabbits and squirrels and possums and birds can be fed every two hours. Their network of dedicated volunteers are always available step up and help fill the gap when the dollar falls short. And amidst all of the caretaking, they also find time to educate the public with school visits and appearances by Hansel and Gretel the groundhogs. Wildlife rehabilitation is often a thankless job, but one that would surely be missed if these dedicated folks did not exist.
These people really care about what they do and work so hard to put the animal's best interest first. What big hearts they have!!
I've requested the help of PWR on numerous occasions and have always received superb and compassionate advice and I think the animals I've brought them must think so, too. So glad they are there in the panicky moment you need them.
I've been volunteering at Piedmont Wildlife Rehab for a few months now and am amazed at the work it takes to do this, not only feeding and housing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released, but also the hours of clean up, medical attention etc., and all with very limited funds. The rehabbers are very knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to the point of working 18+ hour days when the bulk of the babies come in, which is Spring, Summer and Fall, with a few coming in the rest of the year. They always need donations of money, food, and volunteers since they are not sponsored and rely strictly on donations from the public. Please donate if you can and as often as you can to make sure this wonderful organization can continue it's work.
It's awesome to have someone in the community who loves all animals, who's willing to answer any question about wildlife. I so appreciate the work of Piedmont Wildlife Rehab! In an area that is rapidly losing wildlife habit and thus has increased orphaned birds, squirrels, opossums, etc., Piedmont Wildlife Rehab provides an indispensable service!
I have always been interested in supporting and preserving local wildlife and habitat. I had been seeking a local organization to which I could donate my expertise as a graphic artist. I found Piedmont WIldlife Rehab, Inc. online.
I contacted the president via email and the rest is history. Since then I've visited one of the places where animals are rehabilitated and have seen the care and attention they are given prior to release. PWR is a small group, but do double and triple the work of a group their size. My hope is that they can get more volunteers to help and more space for their "charges" as development in our area is an ever-increasing problem.
One thing that has really concerned me since beginning my relationship with PWR is the lack of concern, if you will, of local veterinarians to get involved with helping in the treatment of area wildlife. Most will allow drop-offs, but none will get licensed to treat them. Quite a few treat exotic pets, so it shouldn't be much of a stretch. PWR has one vet that will treat their groundhogs, but it's quite a drive from PWR's facility. Rehabbers do wonderful work but there are times when vets may need to intervene.