It’s been awhile since I’ve shared an update about the goings-on where I work. For those who are new to my blog and are not aware, I work at a wildlife rescue and rehab center where we take care of orphaned and injured wildlife, with the hopes of ultimately releasing the animals back into the wild.
It has been a crazy year. We are close to hitting 2000 admits already, and we still have 2 more months to go. Of course, a thousand of those admits were squirrels in September… okay, kidding. I’m just kidding! We only had a couple hundred squirrels come to us this year, not a thousand. (I tried to keep a running count on squirrel admits last year during squirrel apocalypse, otherwise known as September, and eventually had to give up as I started to lose track). September is just a really bad month for squirrels.
There are some physical changes happening at the center. We have been working with a new nonprofit who rescues marine mammals. They needed a site to build pools for rehabilitation, so we’re in the midst of clearing land on the center’s property to make room for the pools in the hopes that their rescue will take off. Living near the Puget Sound, we are in desperate need of marine mammal rescues. Too many seals are left to die on the beach.
And of course, I still get my share of assholes who call (sorry… there is no other way to describe them). Just yesterday I was yelled at by a man who couldn’t get a hummingbird out of his garage. I informed him I wasn’t a government agency nor associated with the police (who, rightly so, couldn’t help him), so there was no reason for him to yell at me. I suggested he go buy a net if all other efforts of directing the hummingbird outside failed. He said, “Why the f—- would I go buy a f—ing net when I’m never going to use the f—ing thing again! I’ll just let the bird die right here in my garage!” See… asshole. He was trying to emotionally manipulate me, which I do not tolerate. Long story short, 20 minutes later he did manage to get the hummingbird out of his garage without having to buy a net. For the animals, my friends… I do it for the animals.
We have our holiday merchandise in and I plan to do another giveaway this year. The patient of the year (hence, the holiday ornament) is an adorable little porcupine who had to stay with us last year over winter when he was separated from his mother after a dog attack. Stay tuned right here for details coming soon.
“If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you, and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them, you will not know them. And what you do not know, you will fear.
What one fears, one destroys.” — Chief Dan George