Richmond Wildlife Center needs help caring for ‘largest intake ever’

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Wildlife Center is asking for the community’s help after taking in 88 animals that were rescued from a massive hoarding investigation in Louisa County.

Last week, nearly 500 animals were rescued that were found living in poor conditions at a farm on West Old Mountain Road. The animals range from chickens ducks and geese to guinea pigs, pigeons, rabbits and turkeys.

Richmond Wildlife Center says it is in need of volunteers, donations and people to adopt these animals.

“Our veterinarians and volunteers are working non-stop to treat, feed and shelter these animals. It’s the largest intake we’ve ever done and most will need medical attention to get them healthy and ready for adoption in the coming weeks,” said Melissa Stanley, Executive Director, Richmond Wildlife Center.  “More than ever we need the community’s help. The costs associated with this rescue are astronomical. Most of the animals we’ve admitted will need antibiotics to treat infections, some will require surgery and there’s also a need to build additional enclosures in the next few days.”

Yesterday we picked up 16 VERY sick guinea pigs that were victims of the hoarding situation in Louisa County. We also admitted one Injured pigeon from there as well. We will be returning on Sunday to admit 7 ducks, 7 geese, 2 turkeys, rabbits, chickens, and quail. Many of these birds and animals are in poor nutritional health, sick or injured. We need your help financially to help us get these animals back in good health. We will not be adopting out or placing any of these animals in foster homes immediately as they need to be quarantined for a minimum of 21 days and many will take longer than that to return to good health. We will be posting our supply needs and volunteer needs over the next 48-72 hours. We would like to thank all those in Louisa who did a great job getting these animals out of such deplorable conditions and a big high five to Diane who fought to keep the animals from going to auction. We are excited to be able to help Louisa County Animal Shelter and these animals who need our care.

Posted by Richmond Wildlife Center on Saturday, December 9, 2017

Many of the animals that were rescued from the property have skin and eye problems, as well as infections and injuries, some even require surgery.

The center’s founder Melissa Stanley said there was no way they could have planned financially to take in this many animals, but that they had to step up to help.

“Now we are at a position where we need the public’s help to help us care for these animals,” Melissa Stanley said.

In addition to the money they need for medicine and treatment, they also need donations to build a coop for the chickens. They have a 72 hour deadline before being inside can cause major health problems.

“We priced that today its going to be $1,200,” Stanley said.

They are using a GoFund Me account to raise the money.

Stanley said they also need your time. They are asking for volunteers to help out with house keeping while the medical staff is treating the animals.

She said once the animals are healthy again, they can begin the process to get each of them adopted.

“Shockingly given as little interaction as they guys have had with people they are all really sweet,” Stanley said.

Due to the enormous scope of this rescue operation, The Richmond Wildlife Center is asking the community for help in the following areas:Donations: Due to the significant increase in medical, surgical, food and sheltering costs the Richmond Wildlife Center is asking for cash donations, as well as gift cards to Home Depot, Kroger, Lowes, Petco, PetsMart, Southern States and WalMart to help cover the cost of sheltering and feeding. Financial contributions can be made online through the Richmond Wildlife Center.

Volunteers: Veterinarians, Vet Techs, as well individuals who would like to help feed, shovel hay and clean animal enclosures should contact the Richmond Wildlife Center at (804) 378-2000 or healanimals@gmail.com. Training will be provided to volunteers (please note that there will be no contact with wildlife).Adoptions: Loving pet homes will be needed in the coming weeks once Richmond Wildlife Center veterinarians have approved them for adoption. These animals

will not

be adopted for food (except in the production of eggs). The animals available for adoption include: a variety of chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, guinea pigs, pigeons, rabbits and turkeys. Many of the animals are bonded and will need to be adopted in family groups or in pairs. If you’re interested in adopting please contact the Richmond Wildlife Center at (804) 378-2000 or healanimals@gmail.com

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