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5 Reasons to Donate to Bi-State Wildlife

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THE STORY:

Every spring/summer Bi-State Wildlife takes in hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife babies. We rely on the public's donations to take in all of these little lives that need our help. We receive no state or federal funding whatsoever. We rely on YOU: kind, compassionate, generous and appreciative people that support our work. We are not the animal control department, humane society, conservation department, or any sort of government funded organization. In case you are having trouble deciding if you should donate or not, here are 5 reasons that we think you should:
  1. It's ALL for the animals. We do not operate out of one facility that requires us to pay rent, heating and cooling, maintenance, electric, etc. We are spread out across the region, most of us working from our homes and barns which allows us to have very little 'overhead' or 'administrative costs'. When someone donates that money is spent DIRECTLY helping the animals. With this $1500 we intend to purchase $430 worth of formula (almost 40lb worth!), 75 vaccines at $255 for orphaned raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes that do not have their mother's antibodies to protect them from disease anymore.  We will also spend approximately $200 on medical supplies. Things like IV fluids, syringes, antibiotics are a constant need. The additional funds from this campaign will be spent on day to day foods for our patients, and transportation costs for all of the rescues we do. 
  2. The animals we work with are adorable. Well, they are. However, they also serve a distinct purpose in our environment and should be cherished as such. We'll never understand why American's are so impressed by other country's wildlife, while referring to the majority of native wildlife as a 'nuisance'. Australians may see kangaroos as a nuisance from time to time, but they still cherish their existence. For whatever reason in the United States, we are perfectly comfortable with outright hatred toward raccoons, opossums, skunks, wolves, snakes, coyotes, squirrels....  Not only do some residents hate native wildlife, they seek them out to kill them, often with no repurcussions due to a lack of protection for these species in animal cruelty laws. The opossums and vultures are doing our trash pickup, while the squirrels work to spread seeds across wide areas to plant trees everywhere they go. Each animal serves a purpose. It would be catastrophic to lose even ONE of these species for good. We do all that we can to educate the public and explain the good things that these animals do for us all.
  3. Bi-State doesn't turn away ANY animal in need of help.  Many rehab clinics and private rehabbers have to set limits on how many animals they can take in. This is due to the fact that they have to plan for the future when these animals will need much larger cages when they grow up. Each of us only has so much space. After reaching capacity, animals in need are homeless, hopeless, and the public feels the same way. However, we've found a way to eliminate this concern. In major cities we have lots of volunteers to help with around the clock feedings of tiny babies, but in the more remote country areas we have much less staff, but a lot more space for big cages. We keep the babies in the cities until they are weaned and transfer them when they are old enough. It allows everyone to do just what they are capable of, without making us limit how many needy animals we can help. 
  4. We are a small organization that actually notices and appreciates every single donation, no matter how large or small.  Sometimes people think that we're this large company with hundreds of staff and huge building. We're certainly not. Our staff is scattered across the Bi-State area, and they are all volunteers. We don't have administrative costs, because we all do it for free. We are never asking for donations for salaries, or bills. Every donation pays for our costs to feed and care for the animals. Sadly, we often have a bank balance of less than $20 and truly don't know where the next formula order will come from. This lack of stability is hard to explain to donors, but we are definitely not some corporate machine that won't notice your donation. Every dollar counts, and we're positively joyous every time someone donates. In addition to the obvious monetary gain, your donations also remind us that we have support out there, people who know this work is important. It helps to keep us going through the bad days.
  5. Bi-State Wildlife isn't trying to save the world. We know that nature takes care of its own, and it's very good at doing so. For this reason, we do not support disease eradication efforts, birth control projects, or 'culling' a population. We will always pick up and humanely euthanize animals that are truly suffering from something that we cannot fix, but we are not trying to cure that disease and remove it from nature. Disease is one of the many ways that naturally culls a population, and we're comfortable with that. Bi-State Wildlife is not in the business of saving the world. We simply want to correct some of the mistakes that humans have done. Animals that come to us are never brought in because an owl attacked them and left them injured. Predators finish the job. They don't leave prey to suffer. When a storm blows down nests, we simply teach the public how to rebuild to reunite the family again. However, when a mother is hit by a car, leaving babies behind, we try to correct that by saving those babies. When a resident buys a trap and relocates an adult raccoon from their yard, or their attic, not realizing that babies are there we take those babies in. If a cat or dog injures wildlife, we do our best to care for them to get them back into the wild as soon as possible. These are all things that would not have happened without human involvement. Humans are still trying to learn how to humanely coexist with wildlife and it takes time. We are here to help when something goes wrong. 

We could go on with more reasons, but hopefully it's obvious by now that we truly need your help. We simply cannot make it through this baby season without you! Please consider making a donation here with Crowdrise or by visiting our website at www.wildlifehotline.com/donate or via mail at:

Bi-State Wildlife Inc.
1137 Fenton Park Dr
Fenton , MO 63026-7615
Thank you all for your support! Bi-State Wildlife Critters & Staff

1-855-945-3435 / 1-855-WILD-HELP

www.wildlifehotline.com |  help@wildlifehotline.com

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