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Wildlife Care Association, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, re-habilitation, and release of local wildlife. WCA is commit-ted to educating and instruct-ing the community in the respect, appreciation, and care of local wildlife. WCA is pledged to the management and preservation of wildlife habitat.
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The WCA would like to give a special thanks to the following organizations for their wonderful and generous donations and funding:

Sacramento Zoo – the July, 24th event raised $885
Sacramento SPCA  - donated $10,000
Sacramento County Board of Supervisors - voted to give WCA $10,000 for emergency funding

Thank you Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento SPCA and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors!

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California’s second largest wildlife rehabilitation center needs the public’s help to keep its doors open.

The Wildlife Care Association located at the McClellan Business Park has been saving injured animals- mostly birds- for 30 years. However, with the downturn of the economy and lack of funds, they are in jeopardy of closing down.

Unless they get the funds or find new homes for their 500 to 700 temporary wildlife animals that are at the facility now, they will all be euthanized.

“It is definitely something that is really hard to think about,” Assistant Triage Manager, Autumn Turner said. “This is our job. This is what we do. to try and help save them, and to turn around and say oh we cant actually save you and now we have to put you down is not really acceptable.”

They are currently running only on a $30,000 budget, out of their necessary $100,000 annual budget. In recent years, they have cut down the number of paid staff, and rely mostly on volunteers and unpaid interns. Many interns from around the world come to the facility to get hands-on experience with the more than 6,000 animals the facility takes in annually. Many are veterinary and zoology students.

21 year old Dina Catallo is studying at Colorado State University to become a zoologist. This is her second year as an intern. The lack of funding also affected her.

“I was actually scheduled to be a staffer,” Catallo said. “But we don’t have the funding… But that doesn’t matter because if they need me here, I’m here.”

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – They’re a non-profit animal sanctuary with the mission of rehabilitating and releasing local wildlife. But now the Wildlife Care Association may be forced to euthanize the same animals they’ve rescued.

The group is located in Sacramento County and takes care of hundreds of birds. Some of the birds are sick and some are injured, but if the association runs out of funding, euthanasia is an option for the animals.

“Euthanasia is the absolute last course of action that any center would take,” said Brianna Abeyta, who runs the Wildlife Care Association at McClellan Park.
The association has been around about 30 years.

“I’m here four days a week,” said Rodney Cornelius, a volunteer.

For the past six years, Abeyta and a handful of volunteers have helped rescue, re-habilitate, and release thousands of local wildlife. It’s their passion.
“I’ve always wanted to do rehabilitation since I was really young because I was always finding animals and raising them myself and letting them go,” said Krystal Tysdale, a college intern.
“There’s a lot of stuff to do,” said Cornelius.

But it takes about $100,000 a year to keep the facility running.

“And this season we had only about $30,000 to work with,” said Abeyta.

So why the difference? Abeyta says sponsorship dollars dropped off, operating costs skyrocketed and there are not enough sanctuaries in Northern California to take in all these animals.
The lack of cash is now putting these already endangered birds in danger of being killed.

“That would be beyond devastating. It would probably hurt a lot of us emotionally and I think it would be hard to have to deal with something like that,” said Abeyta.
The organization only has a few weeks to decide what’s going to happen next. Organizers hope to raise enough funds to keep it open for next year.

Currently, WCA is not taking Raptors (bird of prey) right now due to the high volume of songbirds and mammals we are receiving at this time of year. All raptors need to be taken to either the UC Davis Raptor Center or The Bird & Pet Clinic of Roseville (California Foundation for Birds of Prey). Thank you and we appreciate your support and help.

California Raptor Center
1340 Equine Lane, Davis, just off Old Davis Rd.
Hours:Monday – Friday 9-4, Saturday 9-12, Closed Sun and Holidays

Bird & Pet Clinic of Roseville
3985 Foothills Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95747
Hours:Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed