The Wildlife Care Association

fledge2.jpgOne evening, I heard loud screeches outside of my house. When I went out to see what it was, my cat had a baby bird cornered. This little bird was a fighter. It backed into the rose bushes where the cat couldn’t get it, and then started making the loudest bird noises I have ever heard.

I swooped up the baby bird and took it into the house where it was safe. It had one single scratch on it’s chest, but seemed OK otherwise. I didn’t want to put the bird outside where it was in danger, so I put it in a cat carrier with a clean towel, some water and some bird seed. When I went to work, I was concerned, because I thought the poor little bird would die, and I didn’t know how to help it.

When I arrived home the bird was still alive. The next morning, still alive. The bird wasn’t eating or drinking water. I thought about putting it back outside, but it didn’t seem safe. I started going through the yellow pages and calling vets and anyone who might know what I could do with the bird. Someone recommended I call the Wildlife Care Association.

It was then I discovered the most wonderful organization. It’s a volunteer organization that rehabs injured and abandoned wild animals. It’s run by volunteers including volunteer vets. I took my little bird (who I had named Fledge, for fledgling), to the WCA. Where he would receive food and medical care and then be released back in the wild, when he was able to fend for himself.

The WCA helps animals that need a hand and it also helps people become more responsible with nature. What greater gift could you teach your child than empathy and respect for nature.? Showing compassion for an injured animal teaches kindness and respect for all life.

When I took Fledge to the WCA they asked if I wanted to be a volunteer, which I would like to be, but haven’t yet. But I did give them a donation and I’m on their mailing list. So whenever I receive a card requesting a donation I always send one in.

The WCA helps people become better people by contributing to the good of society by helping animals. I know I appreciate them allowing me to save one tough little bird. Now, when ever I see a Mockingbird, I always look for a scar on it’s chest. Just in case it might be Fledge.