Anonymous Donor Makes Huge Impact at Wild Care Cape Cod

One generous donor funded multiple projects at wildlife rehab center...
Dovekies get swim time in Wild Care's Seabird Therapy Pools. (WCCC photo)

From Wild Care Cape Cod:

Eastham, MA - Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation center located in Eastham, is grateful beyond words to an anonymous donor whose generous single donation in 2017, enabled them to purchase new equipment and make vital upgrades to their wildlife care facility. Wild Care is delighted to announce the completion of their multi-phased project.

In June 2017, an anonymous donor approached Wild Care and generously offered to provide funding for projects that were “most needed”. A proposal was submitted, and quickly approved. The nature of the individual projects ranged from improvements to the existing facilities, to purchasing new medical equipment needed to advance the quality of animal care. Over the past year, Wild Care worked with the vendors and craftsmen listed below, to implement the project in phases. Wild Care would like to extend their deep appreciation to each of these contractors for the time, energy, and talents they provided on their Wild Care’s behalf.

Special thanks go to:

  • Carpentry: Mark Finocchio of Nauset Home Improvement and Property Mgt. (Attic and deck repairs)
  • Electrical Assistance: Don Costa of All Cape Utility, Inc.
  • Radiograph Machine Sales and Installation: John Prifti of Alliance Imaging, Inc.
  • Aviary Lighting and Facility Electrical Work: Steve and Gary Robbins of Robbins Electric
  • Natural Gas Generator: Leon Knight of Knight Electric, Inc., and Ed and Brian Pavlu of Pavlu and Sons
  • Jacuzzi Plumbing: Mat Wester
  • Jacuzzi Installation: Snow’s Home and Garden, Orleans (Richard Cronin, Ron Conte)

Natural Gas Generator

From Wild Care Clinic Volunteer, Inez Giles: “This funding enabled Wild Care to expand our operations to accommodate more animals, and to provide an increased level of care. The gas generator was utilized in four separate storms between 2017 and 2018! Because we had an uninterrupted supply of electricity and water, our Animal Care Staff was able to provide continuous care to our patients. In previous years, the staff would frequently venture out to Wild Care in dangerous weather to pack up animals and take them home until the power was restored. With the installation of this generator, animals can stay warm onsite, allowing our staff to arrive when it is safe to do so, so that care can be provided in a safe and uninterrupted manner.”

Let There be Light!

“The addition of newly-installed electrical service and outlets in our large elliptical “raptor” aviary has enabled Wild Care to utilize the aviary more extensively throughout the winter, and after dusk. We now have the ability to plug in additional heating devices, thus ensuring that our patient's water is always ice free, and providing more animals with warm, heated mats on during cold days and evenings.”

Things are Heating Up

“The Jacuzzi heater and shop heater installed in our Seabird Therapy Pool Room means Wild Care, can heat the pools more efficiently (jacuzzi heater) for aquatic birds needing swim therapy and conditioning. The room temperature is now controlled by the shop heater, allowing for a longer and more efficient heating of the pools. The Therapy Pool Room now has extended year-round use because of our ability to keep the room warm.”

Radiograph Machine

“Our new radiograph (X-ray) machine is an invaluable diagnostic tool which provides our staff with a quick snapshot of the animal’s condition. This machine has advanced the quality of patient care tenfold in that it enables us to make quicker and more accurate treatment and euthanasia decisions.”

From our Executive Director: “It is incredible how this single donor has changed the life of Wild Care, states Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director. “For starters, we cannot imagine life without the radiograph machine! It provides critically important information that helps us to diagnose our patients and make quicker, well-informed treatment decisions. The natural-gas generator helps us all to sleep at night knowing that the animals in our Clinic will not be without heat. Electricity in the raptor aviary extends its use. On winter nights when the sun sets at 4PM, we can safely enter the aviary at all hours to check on our patients. All of us at Wild Care are incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of this wonderful donor. Their donation has changed the face of Wild Care forever, and has made a difference in the lives of our wildlife patients during their stay.”


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