Wildlife rescuers work tirelessly to save and rehabilitate injured or orphaned animals. Their efforts are crucial in preserving biodiversity and protecting our natural environment. While they have the knowledge and expertise to care for these animals, they often lack the necessary resources to provide the best possible care. That's where you can help! You may have everyday items lying around your house that could be of great use to wildlife rescuers. Here are some items that they would love to have donated:
Pumpkins leftover from Halloween
Our raccoons, squirrels and opossums love squash and pumpkins! We will take them off your hands after Thanksgiving too!
Even expired dry dog kibble works for our raccoons. Maybe you switched your dog’s food and you have a partial bag of the old food? Canned dog food is also very much appreciated.
Old Towels and Blankets
Old towels and blankets are incredibly useful for wildlife rescuers. They can be used as bedding or to provide warmth and comfort to injured or orphaned animals. These items are particularly important for young animals who need a soft and cozy environment.
Heating Pads or Hot Water Bottles
Heating pads or hot water bottles can be a lifesaver for wildlife rescuers. They help maintain a stable body temperature for animals that are unable to regulate their own body heat. This is especially crucial for young animals or those recovering from injuries. We especially love the old school heating pads that don’t turn off!
Pet Carriers or Cages
Pet carriers or cages are essential for transporting injured or orphaned animals. They provide a safe and secure environment during transportation to veterinary clinics or rehabilitation facilities. If you have an unused carrier or cage, consider donating it to your local wildlife rescue center.
Baby Bottles and Syringes
Feeding young animals can be a challenging task for wildlife rescuers. Baby bottles and syringes are often used to provide specialized diets or medications to orphaned animals. Donating these items can greatly assist in the care and nourishment of these vulnerable creatures.
First Aid Supplies
Accidents and injuries are common in the wild, and wildlife rescuers need to be prepared to provide immediate medical attention. Donating basic first aid supplies such as bandages, antiseptics, and gauze pads can make a significant difference in the treatment and recovery of injured wildlife.
Food and Water Dishes
Wildlife rescuers are always in need of food and water dishes for the animals in their care. These dishes should be easy to clean and made of non-toxic materials. Consider donating your unused pet dishes or water bottles from rabbits and guinea pigs.
Keeping the rescue center clean and hygienic is essential for the well-being of the animals. Donating cleaning supplies such as disinfectants, gloves, and brooms can help wildlife rescuers maintain a clean and safe environment for the animals they care for.
By donating these everyday items, you can make a direct impact on the work of wildlife rescuers. Reach out to your local wildlife rescue center or animal shelter to inquire about their specific needs. Your contributions, no matter how small, can help ensure the well-being and survival of our precious wildlife. If you are interested in dropping off some items, call us and we can determine which Silent Voices Rehabber is closest to you.