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Donations down, need rising for GA wildlife experts


Georgia Wildlife Rescue volunteers face their highest need in nearly a decade, but donations to the non-profit are not meeting the new mark.

Administrators at one facility in Thomas County have rescued 150 animals and say they cannot accept any more due to limited resources.

Executive Director Chet Powell says the warm weather in the state along with the busy summer of animals mating in the wild takes a toll on the resources volunteers have. Many more young animals become orphaned and others are injured throughout the year.

The Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association works to rehabilitate and bring animals in need back to their natural habitat. Rising fuel prices, among other increased costs however, are causing the GWRA to come up short on funding to continue their work.

"Most of these animals are being transported through multiple counties just to get where they need to go," says Powell. "So you have the high cost of fuel that comes into play immediately."

Wildlife Rescue Association volunteers are certified by the state, but do not receive any state funding for their efforts.

Meanwhile, Powell says the number of animals in need is not going to recede any time soon, and that's why donations to aid experts that help wild animals are necessary.

Many wild animal rehabilitators focus on just one type of animal population, but recently, funding for these volunteer experts has dropped to a point where some can no longer aid animals in need.

Powell says some volunteers use their own money to aid efforts, but that only goes so far.

The GWRA is looking for more donations to keep their efforts going, and has established a handful of places to show support by donating.

For more information, visit Donation checks can be mailed to:

Georgia Wildlife Rehabilitation Association
P.O. Box 7272
Tifton, GA 31794

Donation checks should be made out to Georgia Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.

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