Benevolent Misanthrope: Shadow Blasko: I will also state for the record:I AM NOT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABBER.I lived with one for a decade, and assisted with many many things and have seen the gamut of what happens, but I am not a licensed rehabber.A question, not an attack: why did you take the time to post this, when you obviously hate everything about wildlife rehab and spent far more time telling us how horrific it is than you did on the actual post? Did you just need an excuse to vent some of the pain, or are you trolling?
feckingmorons: Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.Squee!I liked that, thanks subby.
Shadow Blasko: I'll get a head start.1) Wildlife rehabbing is STUPIDLY expensive. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT is expensive, from the medications you have to buy, to the facilities you have to maintain, to the licenses and training you must have, [On 4 levels in some places, plus more licenses inspection and fees if you deal with Rabies Vector Species], to transport cages and bedding. NOTHING IS FREE, and guess what... you can't bill Mother Nature. No one pays you. SOMETIMES you get donations, but that rarely if ever covers the cost of raising one orphaned infant to a releasable age.2) People are incredibly misinformed about wildlife. You will spend many many hours of your day educating people (who usually do not want to be educated) about things like deer "parking" where a mom will "park" her baby deer somewhere safe while she goes off to eat. Sometimes that will be in your yard. Just because you don't see the mom, doesn't mean she doesn't know what is going on.People will also do things thinking they are helping (Like feeding kitten formula to a squirrel baby, or putting a baby beaver in a bucket of water so it stays wet) that will quite often kill the animals.You have to be nice to them. It hurts sometimes. Especially in a situation like when a mom lets her 9 year old play with the baby raccoon that came up on the deck, and let it suck on her finger. That baby raccoon now has to die in most states. It did nothing wrong, the people did something wrong, but the raccoon has to die to be tested for rabies. (Which 99.99995 times out of 100 it will not have)3) Heartbreaks come fast and hard. One day everything is peachy, and the next day someone brings a groundhog in with distemper, and suddenly every animal in your care is hideously ill and most of them will die horrible deaths and there is not a DAMNED THING you can do about it.That is one example of about 1000 I could give.4) Wildlife vets are few and far between, they don't usually have emergency hours, and they are AMAZINGLY ...
Shadow Blasko: RealFarknMcCoy2: // Not currently doing wildlife rehab, though I wouldn't mind doing some here in OzOMG... I talked to a guy that has a couple non-releasable wombats in his rehab!Talk about amazing! They are just as sweet as can be, and just as smart as raccoons.I would love to spend some "heartbreak time" with a wombat. Or a Quokka!
Shadow Blasko: I'll get a head start.1) Wildlife rehabbing ...Lots of stuff.
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