Surgery is complete and now we move to recovery.
Can you guess what may have caused this Eagle’s injuries? The same type of wound is present on the top of his skull, over his right hock, inside his left leg and throughout the length of his left leg. The answer will be revealed at the end of the day.
He is stable and doing well. We started him on antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, pain meds and rehydrated him. We opted to send him to a different facility than we have sent Eagles previously and will be working closely with their veterinary team should this Eagle qualify for a procedure utilizing Vetrix. We have supplied the team with one sheet of the cellular matrix and may be reaching out to you, our Facebook followers, for financial support should we need additional sheets to get this big guy better. Thank you Dr. Poutous and his rehab team at Sacred Friend – Wildlife Rehabilitation in Norfolk for working with us and giving this guy a shot.
24 hours after surgery, Mallard 15-0047 is doing well. Hit by a car and then attacked by a colony of feral cats, he underwent surgery to pin a wing fracture. The external fixator is visible in the left wing. We will begin light physical therapy with him tomorrow and in 4- 6 weeks the pins will be removed.
Barring any unforeseen complications, we expect him to make a full recovery.
We could not assist the general public who find these animals in need of help or our patients without your financial support. Please consider sponsoring this duck’s care. Donations can be made here.
Thank you for supporting the Richmond Wildlife Center .
The Richmond Wildlife Center will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary on April 1st.
Join us on Saturday, April 11th at Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill to help us celebrate.
From lunch time at 12pm until 11pm that evening Richmond Wildlife Center volunteers will be present to help celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. Many animals will be making appearances throughout the day, so be sure to stop in and meet some of our education animals as well as animals available for adoption.
Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill will be donating 10% off all their restaurant sales this day to our wildlife center, so be sure to bring all of your friends and family to enjoy some great Mexican food!
Make a family day out of it! Lalo’s is located across the street from the Science Museum of Virginia and the Children’s Museum. Come see us after your family day at the museum.
Parking is available behind Lalo’s as well as on street. Lalo’s Cocina is locate at 2617 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.
We hope to see you there to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone for our center!
Join us tomorrow, March 21, 2015 from 10am – 4pm as we wrap up Wildlife Week at Pet Supplies Plus. Richmond Wildlife Center volunteers will be present to help point you in the direction of items we need to help care for our patients. Please consider stopping by to purchase an item for a wild patient in need. Thank you for your support!
Pet Supplies Plus is located at: 11400 W Huguenot Rd, Unit #118, Midlothian, VA 23113
** All new updates will be in Blue. Old Updates will be in Black. Follow this post routinely for updates. Thank you!
1/9/2015 – Please be patient with us. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has granted us additional time. We now have until January 21st to identify a permanent placement for Promise the Swan. We are confident we can locate such a home. The Richmond Wildlife Center is hosting a continuing education raptor workshop tomorrow for licensed veterinarians in which DGIF is also participating. We also have 30 patients to care for, provide husbandry and medical care to each morning and evening. Patient treatments start between 8-9am and evening treatments begin at 4pm. Today, 1/9/2015, we only have two volunteers in our center; a licensed veterinarian and a veterinary assistant/wildlife care assistant. We ask for your patience today as we have many patients to care for and we must also prepare to execute our raptor workshop tomorrow which is critical to training more veterinarians in saving the the lives of our Hawks, Owls, Eagles, Falcons, Osprey, Vultures and other Birds of Prey.
We hope to send out our permanent placement survey today to all those who have expressed interest in providing a captive home for Promise. However, it may not be until Sunday before we can execute this. We are doing the best we can given we have no paid staff and limited volunteer staffing. Again please be patient with us. We WILL find a home for Promise.
In the interim, here is how you can help.
- Please continue to share Promise’s story. Of the 150 parties who have expressed interest in adopting Promise, the majority of those individuals reside out of state. One stipulation imposed by DGIF is that Promise the Mute Swan cannot leave Virginia. We need more Virginia contacts who may be willing to give Promise a home. Some stipulations that will be mandated may be a financial burden for many. Again, we need more contacts. Please contact your local Virginia newspapers, news stations, bloggers, friends, co-workers and family members. Ask them to share Promise’s story to help us find more Virginia property/landowners owners who may be interested in providing a captive home for Promise the Mute Swan. The property owner/landowner must contact us directly via email to provide us with their information. Please do not provide referrals.
- Help us raise the funding we need to provide the medical, surgical, tracking, reproductive, blood testing and monitoring requirements in order to ensure we can place Promise and meet all required stipulations. Promise’s needs were NOT in our small nonprofit’s budget for this year. Individuals who would like to support our center’s efforts can make a donation here.
- Please be patient with us. We will all work together to make this happen for Promise! All contact should be done through email. Please do not utilize social media (Facebook) or phone to reach us. We can be contacted through our contact form.
All interested parties should send the following information to us to be added to our list of possible homes. Please utilize our contact form to send the below information.
- First & Last Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
We would like to send put our permanent placement survey to interested parties today, however realistically it may not be until Sunday before this occurs. PLEASE BE PATIENT! WE WILL ALL WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE PROMISE. Now please share Promise’s story below to help us get more Virginia contacts who may be able to provide a permanent captive home and help us to raise the funding we need to save Promise. Thank you for helping us Save Promise!
You can share Promise’s story directly from NBC12/Kelly Avellino – Thank you NBC12 and Kelly Avellino for helping us save Promise the Mute Swan!
1/8/2015 5:11pm – We have just received general stipulations from DGIF in regards to the conditions of the permanent placement of Promise the Mute Swan. If you have not already done so please submit your name, phone number and email address if you are an interested party here. DO NOT LEAVE THIS INFO ON FACEBOOK, IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED. DO NOT CALL OUR CENTER. PLEASE EMAIL US.
We will be emailing an initial questionnaire to prospective permanent placement individuals to help us quickly identify those individuals who meet the general stipulations provided by DGIF. We will then work from that list of individuals to determine which individuals meeting the general guidelines will also meet additional specific stipulations. All contact information from interested parties needs to be received by 9AM EST, 1/11/2014. We have until January 21, 2015 to find Promise a home or Promise will be euthanized.
We are not permitted to assist, possess or provide veterinary care to any Mute Swan in the future. Those swans found sick, injured, or feral in our state must be destroyed.
DGIF has issued us a special possession permit for us to be in possession of the Swan until January 21st. This swan cannot be transferred to anyone else for veterinary or rehabilitative care. To meet all of the surgical, reproductive, tracking, and monitoring stipulations required of the permanent placement we need your financial assistance to ensure we can meet these requirements. This was not in our small nonprofit’s budget for this year. The permitting fee (adoption fee) will be paid to DGIF. So please donate so we can ensure we can provide the services needed to properly place Promise. Donation information and a paypal button for donations is available here.
Thank you all for helping us save Promise the Mute Swan. AS A REMINDER PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CONTACT INFO ON FACEBOOK. DO NOT CALL OUR CENTER WITH CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION HERE.
1/7/2015 4:45pm – We have not yet received the stipulations from DGIF in regards to the permanent placement of Promise the Swan. We do not know if the 10 days began yesterday or if our 10 day window begins when DGIF provides us with the stipulations. We are worried we may have lost 2 days of our 10 day window. We are collecting names, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals interested in adopting the swan. Once we receive the stipulations from DGIF we will email all those interested to identify a suitable captive and permanent home for the swan. If you are interested please provide your contact information here.
**Please note our telephone only has one line. If we are on the line, no voice-mail will pick-up, and it will just ring. (We are a poor nonprofit and our priority is our patients medical and nutritional needs and not voice-mail for our call waiting at this time.) Please limit phone calls as this prohibits callers needing emergency veterinary care for injured wildlife and non-native feral exotics.We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you all for working so hard to help us find a home for Promise the Swan.
1/7/2015 8am- We are working diligently to save “Promise” the Swan. We would like to pause to thank NBC12 and Kelly Avellino as well as Secretary of Natural Resources, Molly Ward, and her staff in the Governor’s office. Secretary Ward’s office negotiated for us at our request with Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Through those efforts we received a 10 day stay of euthanasia. We have 10 days to find a suitable and responsible captive home for the swan. We do not know all the stipulations to the agreement yet and will learn those today. What we do know is that we may be prohibited from exporting the Swan out of state and it cannot be free roaming where it could potentially escape into the wild again. We will keep you posted as we learn the details and frantically search for a suitable captive home.
Purchase your Raffle ticket with sales benefiting the patient care at the Richmond Wildlife Center.
With thanks to Ruth’s Chris Steak House we will be raffling off one (1) $100.00 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Enjoy a perfect night out over wine and great steak.
Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per single raffle ticket. ($5.50 if paying by credit card.)
Raffle tickets can be purchased at our wildlife center located at 3746 Winterfield Rd in Midlothian, VA, or by phone by calling 804-378-2000. Please note there is a $0.50 convenience fee per credit card transaction.
Raffle tickets will be sold through August 15, 2014.
Raffle Drawing will be held 9:30pm, August 15, 2014 during our benefit show at Godfrey’s. More information on the benefit show can be found here.
You do not need to be present to win.
Prize must be picked up from our wildlife center by 5pm on August 22, 2014 or a new winner will be drawn.
Winner will be announced at Godfrey’s on August 15th and will be contacted by phone and email if not present during the live drawing.
We appreciate your support of our raffle and patients here at the Richmond Wildlife Center.
On Friday, August 15, 2014 join us and some of our fabulous friends at Godfrey’s for an all you can eat pasta dinner and lavish floor show. For only $10.00 you get a salad, bread and your choice of pasta and sauce (vegetarian option available). If you prefer to skip dinner but still want to support the show, admission is only $5.00. All tips and dinner proceeds will benefit the Richmond Wildlife Center.
Doors will open at 6:30pm (dinner service will begin at 7:00pm) and the show will follow at 7:30. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 804.549.9512. Seats are sure to go quickly and the show will become standing room only, so reserve your seats soon.
Hosted by Richmond divas Kerri Blake and Natasha Jewel-Dennis Carrington.
The Richmond Wildlife Center received a call about a Red-Shouldered Hawk nestling which had fallen from its nest within an Oak Tree upon the property of a private residence in Bon Air. Our field rescue team responded to the call and arrived on scene to assess the situation and state of the nestling. The nest was over 50 ft in the air and preliminary examination revealed no injuries of significance. Given the late hour of the evening and the impending darkness, Patient #13-0127, was brought back to the Richmond Wildlife Center’s medical facility for full examination and assessment.
Staff Volunteer Veterinarian, Dr. April Rice, arrived after hours to assess the Red-Shouldered Hawk. After a thorough physical examination this nestling was cleared by both our wildlife rehabilitator and Dr. April Rice for re-nesting the next morning. The nestling was hand-fed a mouse and kept warm and quiet overnight in preparation for its re-nesting the next morning.
Founder, Executive Director and Wildlife Rehabilitator, Melissa Stanley, worked to secure access to a ladder or bucket truck to assist with reaching the nest over 50ft in the air.
Chesterfield County Fire Department, Station 9, agreed to assist our wildlife center and this young nestling hawk. We would like to pause to thank the Chesterfield County Fire Department and the firemen of Station 9 who generously assisted.
Firefighters and Wildlife Center staff conferred to address both the overhead lines as well as the protocols for handling and re-nesting of the hawk. Once a strategy was in place, both teams prepared for the re-nesting.
Once the ladder was positioned our team quickly realized the box the hawk was in would be too cumbersome to carry up the ladder. Our Executive Director called to a field rescue volunteer to retrieve her designer handbag from the car and dump its contents. Her purse was then utilized to carry the hawk in and up the ladder, back to its nest.
The veteran firefighters drew straws and the Rookie headed up the ladder with our nestling hawk in tow.
As the firefighter neared the nest, the mother hawk flew off.
The nestling was successfully placed back in the nest with its siblings. There are three other nestlings. They were quite surprised to see their first human at their nest and so close.
The property owner and neighboring residents were instructed to keep watch for the return of the mother. We have since received an update and the mother has not only returned to feed her young, but has also been seen bringing additional sticks back to reinforce her nest. Success!
Many thanks to our wildlife center volunteers, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, field rescue response team, Chesterfield County Fire Department and the property owners. This was a success because of you.