If you would like to help our wildlife rehabilitation efforts, but you don't have much time, then we have a great opportunity for you in our Squirrel Soft Release Program.
When it is time for baby squirrels to be released back into the wild, they often face a cold, cruel world for which they are not quite ready. In order to give them a softer, kinder entry into the wild, the WRI Squirrel Team is looking for community members who are willing to release from one to four of these little ones into their yards.
You provide a safe, quiet yard, make sure the squirrels have fresh food and water, and close them in for the night if necessary. A commitment of approximately one week is needed. Wildlife Rescue provides a 4'x4' cage, the food, and a group of one to four squirrels ready for release. We can deliver and pick up the cage if needed.
Please call our office at (650) 494-7417 if you are interested in helping out.
Community Impact, a nonprofit group of volunteers from all around the San Francisco Bay Area, sent 18 volunteers to WRI on August 14 to build outdoor squirrel cages with WRI volunteers Teri Furey and Phil Scowcroft. Community Impact organizes "done-in-a-day" volunteer projects of all kinds to make it easy for busy people to volunteer. "These cages make the next-to-last stage of raising squirrels a lot less messy, hectic and time-consuming," said Teri.
Wildlife Rescue's annual donation drawing brought in $9,400, thanks to the efforts of our own members and those of Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley and Palo Alto Humane Society. Thanks to all who bought tickets and to our wonderful prize donors.
Armadillo Willy's, Los Altos, dinner for 2: Alyson Costello
Body Therapy Center, Palo Alto, massage and sauna: Liz Brand
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club, round of golf for 2 with cart: Patricia Marriott
Budget Rent A Car, Weekend Convertible Rental: Klaus Von Hagen
Disneyland, park admission for 2: Samantha Chang
Fish Market, $50 dinner or lunch for 2: Denny Brisley
Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, one-night stay for 2: Lawrence G. Olinger
Gaslighter Theater, Campbell, 2 tickets for Interactive Theater: Dorothy Mortensen
Good Earth Restaurants, Cafe Card: K. Wangelin
Hobee's California Restaurants, 2 dinners: Nicole Choy
Hobee's California Restaurants, $10 gift certificate: Sandy Echon
Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, book: M. Mulbry
Macy's West, $100 gift certificate: Stephanie Helm
Mission Soaring Center, hang gliding lesson: T. Granoff
Monterey Bay Aquarium, admission for 2: M. Martin
Monterey Bay Kayaks, Kayak tour for 2: Celeste Blaseck
Prolific Oven, Palo Alto, $20 gift certificate: Linda c/o Kris Dollard
Rose Devlin, San Jose, haircut: Erica Torbrimson
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 2 All-Day Ride Passes: C.A. Sinay
See's Candies, 2 lbs of candy: P. Roberts
SF Blue & Gold Fleet, Bay Cruise for 2: Mrs. Mildred Chin
SF Red & White Fleet, Golden Gate Bay Cruise for 2: Kathy Moore
Shirley Singleton, Cupertino, facial: Sally Andrews
Stanford Inn by the Sea and Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too!, Mendocino, Big River canoe trip: Lynn & Tom Meadows
Sundance Mine Company, Palo Alto, $35 gift certificate: E. Anderson
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, 2 tickets: Stacey Vansyckle
The Lodge at Skylonda, Woodside, 2-night package for 2: Vanessa Rechkemmer
Whole Foods, Palo Alto, Bag of Goodies: Nitti Dollard
Zibibbo, Palo Alto, dinner for 2: Cathy Bonwick
This issue of The Rescuer went to print only days before our annual Raptor Release, which will have been held at Fogarty Winery by the time this issue is mailed. We would like to acknowledge the following local businesses for generously donating products and services for the event: