First, I want to say thank you to all of our donors who have given already this year. You are truly what enables us to be open 365 days a year to admit injured and orphaned wildlife in our community. Your support makes a world of difference to the animals in our care.

If you haven't given yet and would like to, please click here

Who could use a little Hope?

Hello folks and Happy Holidays! 

I have to admit that I've been stumped for the past few weeks on how exactly to write this end-of-year letter. I know you've probably received more than a few of them from the various causes you care about, and I can't say I'd blame you if you told me that you didn't read them all.

As I wrote this letter, I kept thinking to myself, "I hope our supporters like it. I hope they feel pride when they read it. I hope they know how essential they are to this work. I hope they understand what a difference they make." It went on and on like that, always beginning with those words.

"I hope... I hope..."

Speaking of - There's a painting about hope above our office door. It was painted by a friend of mine. She's an environmentalist, an artist, and a cancer survivor - If anyone knows hope, it's her. The painting is of a striking Red-tailed Hawk against a brilliant blue background, and along the curved edge she's painted these words: 
"Hope is the thing with talons."
It's a spin on an Emily Dickinson quote that goes, "Hope is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul". Now, I don't pretend to know what Dickinson, or my friend, or anyone else thinks hope means. But I do think that my friend, the painter, is on to something.  

To me, hope digs down deep, takes a hold of you, and doesn't let go. Hope isn't about feathers, it's about talons. Sharp ones, too. Hope is the thing that pulls you toward an animal in need and wills you to try to help. It's the thing that gives our staff and volunteers the drive to try again and again with each and every new patient. It's the thing that keeps us all working to solve the biggest, most complicated issues the world faces today. And it's the thing that inspires people to give so generously of their time, their talent, and their treasure.

When you put it that way, "hope" begins to sound a lot more like "work."

Indeed, it is. Hope is powerful at Chintimini because we are fueled by so many people putting in the work - hundreds of volunteers, donors, and rescuers. Many of us here, myself included, have joined this community 10, 20, or even 30 years after our 1989 founding. A lot has changed over three decades, but one thing has remained constant: 

Chintimini is a place where hope becomes action, and actions become results. 

And you are part of that - probably the most important part. Your donation is what allows us to continue to build the infrastructure that turns our hopes into reality. Your gift allows us to leverage countless volunteer hours, donations of goods and services, and other gifts from our community. 

- You keep our animals fed, warm, and safe.
- You ensure they have access to exams, treatments, and medicines.
- You provide quiet, secluded enclosures for their privacy and comfort.

Your support, no matter how big or how small, is what keeps us going. I hope you'll consider one last gift to Chintimini Wildlife Center before the end of the year. I promise we will make it count. 

Happy New Year,

Sarah Spangler
Executive Director
Chintimini Wildlife Center
Click here to donate by December 31st, 2018!

Recent Patients

We admitted a female Mallard with a large fishing hook embedded in her rear. We are glad someone found her and brought her to us, because the hook was probably quite painful and it was affecting her ability to get around.

We were able to remove the hook and she was released back home! 

This male raccoon was found swimming for his life in a storm drain. Thankfully, he was rescued and brought in to us. He was hypothermic, exhausted, and in shock when he arrived. He quickly regained his body temperature and began the road to recovery. We have high hopes for a full recovery. Many thanks to this raccoon’s rescuers!

This male Barred Owl was found tangled in barbed wire fencing. After his rescuers cut him loose from the fencing and brought him to us, we were able to remove the barbed wire from his wing. His wing required numerous sutures, and he is now recovering from the stress of being entangled. Despite it all, he’s certainly rocking that hot pink wing wrap
Save the Date: Art is Wild auction & fundraiser: April 26, 2019

Art is Wild 2019

Friday, April 26th, 5:30-8:30 pm

Please save the date for the next Art is Wild, our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year! This event includes a silent auction of beautiful works of art, fantastic experiences, and tantalizing prizes. Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks while meeting representatives from our Raptor Ambassador team - all while supporting the wildlife you cherish.

More details and invitations to follow.
Donate an item (Baskets, experiences, gift certificates, and more)
The Dea Enigma - Read a poem about Dea, our Red-tailed Hawk Ambassador, by volunteer handler Erin Sackett
The Intern Experience - Go behind the scenes of one student's experience in the clinic. By Summer '18 intern Cassidy West
Not for the Glamour - An ode to the wonderful and dirty world of wildlife rehabilitation. By volunteer Claudia Benfield

Kathi Franklin

Volunteer since 2002
*** Special Recognition ***
Kathi is celebrating a remarkable 16 years of service!***

CWC: What is your favorite part about volunteering at CWC?

KF: Catching injured wildlife, especially eagles, and bringing them in and helping catch/hold wildlife during treatments. I really love all the friends I've made over the years as well!

CWC: What is something that your shift may not know about you?

KF: I am a writer, hoping to be an author someday, and that I have jumped out of perfectly good airplanes!
Colette Pruitt

Colette Pruitt

Winter 2018 Intern

CWC: Do you have a favorite or most memorable patient (past or present)?
CP: All of the swallows because I was fortunate enough to release them after taking care of them for so long! 

CWC: What is something that your shift may not know about you?
CP: I do triathlons.
Spenser  Rathbun

Spenser Rathbun

Saturday AM Co-Shift Leader
CWC: What is your favorite part about volunteering at CWC?
SR: That is hard to answer... There are two things I value most; First is seeing all the releases on the board, this is the ultimate goal. The second is the friendships forged on shift, they are an unpredicted blessing I cherish dearly!
Click here to read more about our volunteers!
Supporters like these are a vital part of our community. We are lucky to work with some of the most compassionate people around who ensure that the animals in our care are safe and healthy. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the volunteers, donors and other supporters who make our work possible. Thank you.
Please join us in thanking ALL our volunteers for their outstanding commitment to serving our community's wildlife this year.
You can protect wildlife, too. Donate Today!
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