Spring orphan appeal
With Spring just around the corner (writes Annette Pyrah - pictured), a local animal charity is gearing up to cope with the expected influx of many orphaned young animals.
Annette Pyrah, manager of Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation said: “We are launching our Spring Orphan Appeal to raise funds for this exceptionally busy time. Our first event is a Tombola at Barlby High School on Saturday 23rd February. This will be followed by Fetes and Festivals, Garden Parties and giving talks to local groups. We are raising money to purchase more incubators and accommodation in which to house these babies who usually land on our doorstep just a few hours old and need specialist care and round the clock attention”.
Annette thanked local companies who are supporting the Rescue Centre and added: “We have received tremendous support from Selby based companies such as Wetherells, Boots, Tesco, LRB Trophies and Pets at Home”. They have donated some excellent prizes and praised the work which we do. We are overwhelmed by the kindness and support which we have received.”
The Wildlife Rescue opened its doors on a full time basis only last summer but has already helped hundreds of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.
Annette went on to say “Wildlife rescues are few and far between in Yorkshire yet we have an abundance of wildlife in this area. Our work is crucial to help animals which find themselves in distress or to alleviate the pain and suffering of those who are beyond help. Barn owls and hedgehogs are under serious threat and if we do not act quickly our countryside could soon become a barren and impoverished place.”
Anyone finding orphaned wildlife this spring should contact Annette immediately on 07803 180720 or 01757 290459.
However Annette warned “ Not all wildlife needs rescuing, sometimes for example, it’s sufficient to lift a baby blackbird out of harm’s way and where its parents can hear it. Deer and hare leave their young for many hours so it is best to observe a youngster from a distance before intervening.”
The charity prides itself on taking a sensible and realistic approach to wildlife rehabilitation and Annette went on to say “Life in the wild is uncompromising and tough. We work alongside farmers, gamekeepers and landowners who accept that we are not fluffy bunny huggers and respect the work which we do.”
There are several ways in which to contribute to the Spring Orphan Appeal. By visiting the charity’s Website: www.selbywildlife.co.uk, by selecting much needed items from their Amazon Wish List, or by sending a cheque to “Selby Wildlife”, Low Mill, York Road, Selby. YO8 5JP. Jollyes Pet Store on Bawtry Road also has a bin for donated items.
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