Funds to Assist in Move to New Permanent Location

October 26, 2020, Napa, CA – Napa Wildlife Rescue (NWR) has received a $15,000 grant from the Richard Reed Foundation (RRF) to aid in the renovation and construction of their new rescue facility.

NWR will need to move from the long-term location at the County Materials Yard on Silverado Trail because the County is unable to renew our lease.  After an exhaustive, yearlong search with many failed leads, NWR had the extreme good luck to find an ideal site and a donor willing to realize the opportunity, making it is the most profound development in the organization’s history.  It opens the opportunity to significantly advance the quality of our care and patient environments. The new property is a former residential site consisting of 3 structures with 2.2 acres for wildlife rehabilitation.

The RRF grant will help enable the transition of the new location through a long list of projects, including:

  • Conversion of an existing 2,824 square foot single-family residence and garage for activities associated with Wildlife Rescue Hospital, including meeting ADA accessibility requirements and painting the exterior.
  • Conversion of an existing 460 square foot former dog kennel into Wildlife Cages and/or Pens including painting the exterior.
  • Conversion of an existing 3,600 square foot barn/workshop into Wildlife Cages, Pens and storage.
  • Construction of exterior standalone Wildlife Cages.
  • Creation of nine (9) new parking spaces and modification of the existing driveway.
  • Installation of a 2500-gallon water storage tank and hydrant for Fire Protection.
  • Installation of fencing around the perimeter of the property to secure the new facility and form a visible demarcation from our neighbor Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch.
  • Movement of reusable assets from our current clinic to the new site.

In all, the budget to complete the work is expected to exceed $100,000.

NWR Board President, John Comiskey stated, “ . . . .

Richard Reed Foundation, based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is committed to supporting non-profit organizations whose missions are to support children and animals in both the US and Mexico. Among their grantees are Proyecto Pitillal un Amigo, Animal Doctors to the Rescue, New Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Pasitos de Luz, Peace Animals, Corazon de Nina, and Sunrise Horse Rescue, among many others.

RRF Grant Manager, Jan Skogen noted, “It is a privilege to support such a worthy cause.”

NWR responds to public and a governmental notice of wildlife believed to be in distress and needing help.  Ideally, this is a phone call to our Hawkline (707 224-Hawk), which is manned seven days a week.  Hawkline volunteers assess the situation remotely by species, behavior, visible evidence of injuries, etc. to determine the next steps.  Sometimes the instruction is to leave animals that are actually exhibiting normal behavior (whether it seems so to humans or not) where they are.  Other times NWR dispatches rescuers or instructs the finder how to handle the animal for transport to our intake center at Silverado Veterinary Hospital. Trained NWR volunteers check the intake center for animals (three times a day in high season and once a day in low season) and either transport patients to the Clinic or contact the appropriate home care person for the assessment of the patient.  In the future, the intake will be augmented with the new care site.  After rehabilitative care, healthy animals are released back into their native habitats in accordance with strict species-specific release criteria.

In addition to rehabilitation efforts, NWR has grown significantly in the school and community outreach over the course of the last 3 years.  These programs are aimed at:

  • Building wildlife appreciation and prevention – through awareness of human activities that might help wildlife or put it at risk.
  • Promoting the Hawkline and NWR as the places to go when help is needed.
  • Building wonder and love for wildlife, particularly in the schools, which we hope will develop into lasting support for Napa’s wildlife community
  • Attracting new volunteers.

The educational programs are often enhanced by the presence of NWR’s two Ambassador Animals – an Opossum and a Red-tailed hawk – in addition to compelling photographic and video displays, engaging signage, and informative presentations.  NWR created a new curriculum in 2019 based on the scientific principles of learning, which was presented free and in-person to 790 school children in 2019 and 516 in 2020 before the program was halted due to virus-related closures.  A limited number of programs have continued using Zoom.

For more information, visit Napa Wildlife Rescue at https://www.napawildliferescue.org or email the Wildlife Administrator at wildlifeadmin@napawildliferescue.org. NWR may be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 2571, Napa, CA 94558.

Donations may be made online at https://www.napawildliferescue.org/donate.

For animals needing rescue or medical help, please call 707.224-HAWK (4295).

The NWR Facebook page is a good way to understand the scope of the non-profit’s work and its day-to-day operation.  https://www.facebook.com/Napa-Wildlife-Rescue-117530298358117

ABOUT NAPA WILDLIFE RESCUE:

Napa Wildlife Rescue (NWR) is an Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and the only entity in Napa County that is permitted to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife back to the Napa wild.  NWR operates under permits from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  NWR accepts all species of Napa County wildlife that are orphaned, injured, or sick, except for some large game animals e.g. bears, lions, and full-grown deer (we do rescue and care for fawns).  Our work is to push back.  If they are orphaned, we raise them.  If they are sick or injured, we heal them.  Throughout the year, hundreds of bird, raptor, and mammal species are returned to the wild following the specialized care of NWR’s staff and volunteers.

Jon

Jon