Wildlife rehab depends on donations
If you really want to help injured or abandoned wildlife, reach into your wallet.
Wildlife rehabilitation centers such as Brenda Miller’s Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue and Nancy Limbach’s Silt-based Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation depend on donations and public funding for their operating costs, which can be astronomical at time.
The same is true of the many veterinarians around the state who donate their time and efforts to work with injured wildlife.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service bring us animals but they don’t help us financially,” said Miller, who has more information and photos on her Facebook page under Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue.
Her’s and Limbach’s are 501c(3) non-profit organizations.
“It’s all from donations,” she said. “I recently gave a presentation in Telluride and brought in $95, but it cost $50 in gas to go there and back.”
Both Miller and Limbach are unhesistant in their willingness to take in injured, abandoned or orphaned wildlife, but doing so demands large quantities of time, special facilities and diet-specific feeds.
As Limbach notes on her website (schneegaswildlifefoundation.org), “annual budget expenditures vary depending on the number of animals cared for, but certain operational costs such as utilities and insurance are continuous.
“Private wildlife rehabilitation centers in Colorado are not funded through the state or federal government, so donations and grants are essential.”
Miller said that after 17 years, her life working with wildlife has been immensely rewarding.
“I’ve got a lot of sad stories, and some really happy ones, too,” she said.
“I couldn’t do what I do without the help of (Colorado) Parks and Wildlife and other volunteers,” she said. “Without volunteers and financial support and donations from the public I would not exist.”