I have had one rescue since we last caught up, a young American Crow with a broken wing. The neighbors spotted the poor little guy eating dead pizza behind the apartments dumpster. It took an hour, patience and three of us (thanks again Margo!) to catch him. Then I set about calling all the bird rescues to get him help. I was horrified at how many places refused to a take "a crow" (said with disgust). Every animal is important. It is absolutely ok to have favorites and support them. That does not make all the other animals less important. The California Wildlife Center in Malibu, Ca http://cawildlife.org/ is my kind of place. When I called there was no hesitation. Bring him in. They closed at 5 and I explained, I was not that close and it was rush hour traffic. No worries they said, they would wait and be happy to take care of my little crow. I loaded him up and proceeded to drive 20 mph down the 405 freeway trying my best to not stress him out and avoid the bumps. The little crow chatted with me on and off during the drive, looking quite relaxed, not a normal bird reaction. I kept apologising to him that it was taking so long and promised him a fabulous vet. We finally got there and he was taken into the hospital. They were greatful for Margo's generous donation and said I could call and check on him in a few days. Sadly when I called to check he had been euthanised. His broken wing was such an old injury it was beyond repair and had caused necrosis (cell death) everywhere. RIP little crow thanks for the chat. I loved our time together.
Now before you go get depressed let me tell you why I'm not. People were shocked that I didn't cry. This poor crow had been injured for a long time. He was in pain and hungry, unable to fly. If it was possible to fix him and release him back into the wild I would have loved it, but it wasn't. He was suffering and the vet stopped the suffering. It is not an easy job being a vet, I couldn't do it, and I am greatful for the time and love these amazing Doctors give.
Looking at the clock I realise that time is flying and there is much to be done. Steve Irwin Day is November 15 and this year I am going to fund-raise like never before. Keep checking the website for new information and fun events.
My challenge to all of you: Donate just $2 and then challenge a friend to match or beat your donation. Money is tight for all of us. Animals are so often thought of last or not at all.
A pet peeve of mine is when people say they can't afford to donate, and some really can't but you can spread the word for free. Don't tell the wildlife you can't afford them then go buy your starbucks, candybar, movie etc., you can see why this frustrates me. It doesn't have to be a lot. Just $2.
A Special THANK YOU to my friend Cindy Salvato. She is one of my twitter friends and fellow animal lover. We have never met and when I tweeted out the fund-raising link this morning she was the first to dive in with a $50 donation! I only asked for two. She is not working but knows how important every species on the planet is. Thank You from me and all the animals. You are a very special person!
Last weekend was Earth Day think about how you can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or just go pick up some trash.
Well housework and homework wait for no one. Things need to get done. Have a fabulous week.
Remember to Keep it Positive! We can All Make a difference!