An Introduction to the Mission of All Wildlife Rescue and Education, Inc All Wildlife Rescue and Education, Inc. (AWRE) is a 501(C)(3)non-profit organization: devoted To accomplishing three objectives: 1. Rescuing, retrieving, medically evaluating and treating, rehabilitating and releasing all species of injured wildlife back into their natural habitat (when safe for the animal). 2. Educating the community, with our focus on pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students, to respect and be aware of the wildlife in and around their environment. 3. Provide all of our services per gratis. Free of any and all charges and fees. The organization’s officers accomplish the first objective through a continuing effort. As individuals, AWRE”s officers have been involved in literally thousands of rescues and treatments; from marine birds injured in oil spills to raptors injured in various accidents and illnesses. The idea for AWRE took shape as the organization’s founders realized the increasing demand and unmet need for animal rescue and rehabilitation within the Southland communities. Last year, 2014, we treated over 1390 animals, over 1087 of them were birds from the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. The second objective of AWRE is to educate the children in our local communities, from community organizations to elementary through secondary schools, both public and private. We recognize if people and communities are made more aware of their environment and the wildlife that lives there; they will be more sensitive to the impact their actions carry. Particularly important in our educational strategy are our non-threatening live animal presentations for the children. By exposing the children to animals in our custody, we hope to encourage the children to fall in love with the wildlife. AWRE combines story telling with live animal presentations, and gives teachers many opportunities for lesson planning including but not limited to; pre-presentation research, introduction of issues concerning ecology, geography, zoology and botany. The ultimate goal being to encourage children to respect and appreciate wildlife and the environment in which we all live, thereby growing into adults who will care for their environment and appreciate the wildlife that lives within it, knowing one person can make a difference and they can be that person. Adults with wildlife issues call or email AWRE for solutions. The third objective is accomplished through miracles and donations When AWRE’s funding goals are met, the public will have a rehabilitation facility capable of both short and long term rehabilitation of all species of injured wildlife found in the area. Including flight pools for the many Pelicans, Cormorants and other marine wildlife as well as other endangered and threatened species. This facility will be able to repond to any oceanic disaster. This facility will be open to the public and will include classroom settings for on-site educational programs, encouraging school field trips to the facility. Through AWRE’s service to the community and environment, we have been able to have a direct impact on individual attitudes toward local conservation and the preservation of wildlife. The ultimate goal being to encourage children to respect and appreciate wildlife and the environment in which we all live, thereby growing into adults who will care for their environment and appreciate the wildlife that lives within it, knowing one person can make a difference and they can be that person.