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April 27, 2010 > A rare opportunity

A rare opportunity

Dorothy uttered a famous line in the Wizard of Oz ... "Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!" as she anticipated wildlife in the woods surrounding the Emerald City. While the Greater Tri-City Area may not currently serve as habitat for some of these creatures, it is home to many other forms of wildlife that occasionally need a bit of human assistance.

Not all is serene in the wild, especially when faced with urban encroachment. Accidents can happen and, at these crucial times, a dedicated group of volunteers lend a hand to provide respite for injured and orphaned animals to heal, rest and relax before venturing back into their habitat. A plethora of fauna find temporary shelter at the Ohlone Humane Society (OHS) Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Usually, aside from those who find animals in distress and bring them in for a bit of R&R, volunteers labor to help and restore their charges to health in virtual anonymity.

Once each year, the Center opens its doors to the public and allows everyone to see the miraculous work accomplished. A peek behind the scenes reveals the extensive time and effort that has been spent to assure continuation of our animal neighbors. Spring is a time of renewal in nature and with population growth, come challenges for wildlife newborns and parents. Although this is a busy time of year for the Center, the facility is opened to the public for one weekend.

This is a rare opportunity to see and appreciate the efforts of the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. More than 1000 injured and orphaned wild animals from our community visit the Center each year. Visitors can play nature games, make a bird feeder, tour the facility and even help feed resident animals. Visitors are encouraged to 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.

The OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Open House is a singular event that should not be missed... a great adventure and learning experience for the whole family.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Open House
Saturday, May 1
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rehabilitation Center
37175 Hickory St., Newark
(510) 797-9449

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 to the end of the parking lot for Door to Door Storage, look for the yellow OHS Rehab Center sign and follow the road to our parking area.

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