Donate to Wildlife Wednesday – Our Biggest Fundraiser of Spring

Baby squirrels are here!

Wildlife Wednesday is April 15!

Please donate to our annual online fundraiser! We are grateful that Greenwood is considered essential, and we can continue to care for wildlife in need. Since we remain open, we need your donations to provide necessary supplies such as food and medications during these tough times. Life is difficult for all of us right now, some more than others, but we can still celebrate our wonderful communities and the wild animals that inhabit them. Greenwood’s hard work treating orphaned and injured wildlife along the Front Range from north of Pueblo to the Wyoming border makes a huge difference to these animals and their rescuers.

Donations can be made online through Paypal, through Facebook, paid via phone by calling (303) 823-8455, or checks can be mailed to PO Box 18987 Boulder, CO 80308.

Now is a GREAT time to give! Under the current CARES Act, your donation is more likely to be tax-deductible. Click the link to learn more.

Wildlife Wednesday is our biggest fundraiser of the spring busy season. We are typically very dependent on volunteers this time of year, but we are currently unable to have them on site for their safety and our staff’s. We have added more seasonal staff to cover this gap. It is important that we remain resourceful and creative to accommodate as many orphaned squirrels and other animals in need as possible. In addition to adding staff, we may use other areas of the facility that are currently vacant while we await the arrival of the species we will eventually care for there. We are exploring the option of transferring some spring squirrels to the last home rehabilitator who remains open to new patients.

One of our major sources of income, our Thrift Shop & Consignment Gallery, is closed to foot traffic.

Your donations Make a Difference. In 2019, the cost of…

  • Animal food was over $20,000
  • Medical supplies and medicine was over $18,000
  • Supplies (like heat bulbs to comfort little ducklings, and baby scales to weigh incoming animals) was nearly $9,000

Did you know? Greenwood spent close to $50,000 solely on animal care last year. This doesn’t include the cost of staff salaries. While our animal care volunteers and interns donated more than 27,000 hours in 2019, we still need skilled wildlife rehabilitators to oversee the volunteers and ensure quality care for the animals.

We’re excited to announce that our Executive Director has already pledged a generous donation of $500 to help kick off the campaign and get the momentum going.

Wildlife at the Center; from the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in CO. Jul 14, 2018 ; © Ken Forman

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We’ll post fundraising updates, fun facts about Colorado wildlife, and stories about current and previous patients throughout the day!

Animal Story: Determination in Difficult Times

Recently, a high school sophomore named Jude was determined to help when her neighbors found a baby squirrel shaking and alone by their patio door. Since schools are currently closed she’s been trying to find ways that she can make a difference in her community. The people who found the animal knew that Jude is an animal lover who has rescued wildlife in the past, so they reached out to her first.

She had done a little research and knew that she should try to reunite the squirrel with the mother by keeping him warm and placing him in a box. In an ideal situation, the mom would hear her baby’s cries and take him back to the nest. Unfortunately, in this case, the mother never returned. Jude took the baby inside and kept him warm overnight. She was a little worried because it would be a while before she could get the orphan somewhere that could properly feed and hydrate him. She knew that this delicate care should be done by licensed professionals. Jude woke up frequently during the night to check on him and make sure he wasn’t too hot or cold.

The next morning her family drove over an hour to get him into our care. Things were a little unsure for the baby squirrel at first since he wasn’t eating well. After a change in his course of medication, his condition has improved substantially and he has quite the appetite. We hope he continues to grow so he can be released back into the wild later this Spring.

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