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April 14, 2010 > Ohlone Humane Society: Mark your calendars and... take a walk on the wild side

Ohlone Humane Society: Mark your calendars and... take a walk on the wild side

By Nancy Lyon

Spring is officially here and the Ohlone Humane Society is inviting you come and join us at our 2010 - 12th Annual Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Open House.

Have you ever wondered what happens when a wild animal becomes injured or orphaned? This is the only opportunity during the year that the public has to tour our wildlife hospital and learn how we go about rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife.

While we are open all year round, starting in the spring of the year, our doors are open even wider to care for an incredible number of wild species that are raised or healed and returned to the wild where they belong. They have ranged from endangered species like peregrine falcons and loggerhead shrikes to baby skunks. It's not unusual to care for raccoons, opossums, pigeons, red tail and red shoulder hawks, geese, great egrets and great horned owls, scrub jays, black crown night herons, hummingbirds, fox, black phoebes, crows, pelicans, wild turkeys, house finches, and multiple sparrows, and not to forget... ducklings galore! To say that this is a busy time for us is a huge understatement, but it is a task that we take on with great dedication and respect for the animals in our care.

Many wildlife volunteers enter with the frame of mind they will be helping the animals, only to have it become clear that this is not the entire case. As David Anderson our Center manager has said, "These animals are helping us. They give back to us something indescribably and undeniably overwhelming - something that strikes deep within our core - a pure and sincere form of gratitude. To release a healthy animal back into the wild is one of the most rewarding parts of the job."

The work that Ohlone Humane Society does with domestic and wild species and those in between is special work, and we thank all those who are a part of this effort! As a volunteer-based nonprofit organization, our community and member support is what makes it possible for us to continue doing this valuable work year after year and it is greatly appreciated.

Join us behind the scenes and experience how we help rehabilitate more than 1000 injured and orphaned wild animals from our community each year! Play nature games, make a bird feeder, take a tour of the facility, and meet our educational animals and wonderful volunteers.

You can help us to feed our hungry patients. You may bring donations of wild bird seed, canned cat and dog food, fresh fruit and vegetables, unsalted/in-shell peanuts and walnuts, laundry detergent preferably eco-friendly, paper towels and toilet paper, recycled if possible.

Open House is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 1st.
Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome!

Directions to Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:
Head west going toward the Bay on Thornton Ave in Newark, turn left onto Hickory St., drive straight into the Door to Door Storage to the end of the parking lot, look for the yellow OHS Rehab Center sign and follow the road to our parking area.

Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
37175 Hickory St., Newark

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