What we so desperately need are foster families. We need more families willing to provide the basic necessities - clean home, fresh food, adequate indoor homes. The critical requirement is that these families offer these animals a HOME. Give them lots of daily attention. Make them feel loved. This socialization prepares them for permanent homes, and gets them used to human hands and constant interaction. We want our animals to go to homes and not be too scared of people to really be happy. DOn't get me wrong - we work with primarily prey animals. Their natural instinct is to be scared of anyone bigger than them. There will always be a level of apprehension from them. But once a trust is built up, we want them to be comfortable taking food from your hands, or sitting on your lap. We want them happy, spoiled, and secure.
We will provide a cage, bowl(s), pigloo. We ask that you provide whatever beedding you choose to use (we prefer newspaper with fleece on top of it, but if you would rather use CareFresh or Aspen shavings, that's up to you. We also ask that you provide fresh veggies for daily consumption. We can provide the hay and pellets. And of course, should any medical needs arise, we cover that cost ourselves.
We need people to represent the rescue at events. You will be trained on educating the public (on things like correct diet and housing, etc). Mostly we need people to stand around, and keep an eye on any animals we have on hand. We do NOT want people to handle or pick up any of our animals without an authorized volunteer's assistance. This is both for the animals' safety, as well as those random strangers!
We need people that like to take pictures, make posters, can come up with fundraising ideas (homemade crafts to sell? Chocolate, candle sales?) We need people to take charge of these things - finding ideas, implementing them, etc.
We have a never-ending need for supplies for the animals. NEWSPAPERS are always needed. Fresh vegetables. Publix Gift Cards.
For an idea of what we routinely need, check out our Amazon Wish List
Rather than donating cash for supplies, we'd much rather you send us supplies directly from Amazon!
However, we also need money for veterinary services. We are going to talk to our vets to see if we can set up accounts, allowing people to donate funds directly to them, for our needs.
In the mean time, we do have a Paypal account that we will be using for as many rescue expenses as possible. This is where we would like to accept donations for the time being.
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