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Wildlife center hopes for end-of-year donations

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This gray-phase eastern screech owl was brought to Oaken Acres after it blown out of its nest during a spring storm. It was raised by Oaken Acres' surrogate owl, Stinky.
Photo provided This gray-phase eastern screech owl was brought to Oaken Acres after it blown out of its nest during a spring storm. It was raised by Oaken Acres' surrogate owl, Stinky.

SYCAMORE – Hundreds of thousands of orphaned and injured wild animals were rescued over the past year by wildlife rehabilitators, and many of the rescuers called to find out how “their” animal fared. Often, they got good news and asked if there is anything they can do to help the center or wildlife rehabilitator who cared for that wild animal.

“The answer is a resounding yes,” Oaken Acres Wildlife Center founder Kathy Stelford said. “The best way to ensure that Oaken Acres will be here next time you need help is to remember us with a donation.”

Wildlife rehabilitation centers are rarely funded by any local or state agency. Even for a small center that accepts a few hundred wild animal patients each year, the cost of food, caging and veterinary services can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Most rehabilitators and wildlife centers have fundraising activities to help offset these costs, but there’s nothing more welcome than a year-end donation.

“If you’d like to donate but don’t know how, you can call 815-895-9666 and we’ll be more than happy to help you,” Stelford said.

Donations can be mailed to Oaken Acres at 12140 Aldrich Road, Sycamore, IL, 60178 or made online with a credit card at www.oakenacres.org by clicking on the DONATE button on the left sidebar.

Oaken Acres Wildlife Center has helped more than 12,000 injured and orphaned wild animals since 1984. Oaken Acres operates solely on donations.

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