Will NYC Get an Official Wildlife Care Center?

The Wild Bird Fund, which is New York City’s defacto wildlife rehabilitation center, collected signatures this weekend to become the city’s official place to go with injured, sick or orphaned wild birds and animals. They explained to people at a wildlife fest that New York is the only big U.S. city without a real wildlife care center.
wild bird fund is working to get a nyc wildlife rehab center

So a bunch of volunteer wildlife rehabbers have picked up the slack. Rita McMahon and Karen Heidgerd run the Wild Bird Fund though  Animal General, a vet practice that donated care for 1,146 birds and 13 mammals last year.

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Ruby and squirrel babyA handful of other rehabbers do heroic amounts of work, too. Bobby and Kathy Horvath take the really hard cases, like coyotes and injured hawks. Vivienne Sokol is Manhattan’s bird rehab expert. My friends Vicki Puluso, Chris Durham and Maura Mondrano handle squirrel cases.

Because the city is strapped, the Wild Bird fund is hoping to get a grant from Pepsi. Bobby Horvath has told me the plan got a boost after the recent coyote episode.

The New Yorkers that call me with animal troubles are usually surprised the city doesn’t do anything for wild animals. Renee, a pregnant mom from outer Queens, about a day and night worrying and searching for some solution for the baby squirrels she found abandoned in her air conditioner. (I got to see them at the fest, looking plump and happy. Another rehabber, Ruby, took them in. New Yorkers see baby squirrels like unseen mythical beasts).

The finders and baby squirrels show up as if with a dowry of a cage, esbilac, dishes, blankets and nuts. Which makes me think New Yorkers would be behind getting the center going.

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2 comments to Will NYC Get an Official Wildlife Care Center?

  • Joanne Resnick

    I want to thank my Aunt Vivienne for all of her hard work and dedication to the birds of Manhattan, she has been at it along time and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves. thank you so much. Joanne Resnicl

    • Joanne Resnick

      I want to thank my Aunt Vivienne (Sokol) for all her hard work, i know she has been at it for years and is the expert, and i hope she gets the recognition she deserves to i have a collection of cards she sends me with all her rescued birds, i am grateful for all of you who do this work. thank you joanne resnick