10:18 PM EST, November 5, 2012
A local shelter said times are tough and sadly, they must turn away animals in need. Members of WildCare said it could get worse if something does not change.
"It is very hard, and it breaks all of our hearts to not take those animals in," said Jennifer Cunningham, WildCare Director.
Usually, the center rescues roughly 1,200 animals per year, but the early Spring, combined with a longer mating season, has pushed WildCare to capacity. This year, 2,300 animals in need have been brought in.
"So we have actually doubled the number of animals that we would normally take in, but the funds did not double with those intakes," said Charli Taylor-Kristoff, volunteer.
Cunningham said WildCare's $95,000 budget covers more than just a woodpecker recovering from injury, a bat's busted wing, or a turtle's shell cracked by a car, the money also goes to fight sickness, like a crow who has West Nile.
"It is just a desparate time,” said Cunningham. “We have pushed the bucket as far as we can, and we are really just asking for the community's help."
Help for food, help for public education programs and help to keep WildCare running.
"At this point in time, we are going to do well to pay November's bills and that is not including food," said Cunningham.
More information about WildCare is available online.