Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Looking Forward

    It is easy to reflect on 2013. What went well, what didn't...what we wish that we could change. I am glad that 2013 is over. I like looking ahead to what needs to be done, not what has been accomplished.   Gayle and I have been working hard to update the website, calendar of events, end of the year paperwork, etc.  I want to thank everyone that donated to "our" mission in 2013, I should have the donors page updated soon.   We could not continue to do what we do without support from friends like you.   Every year we grow and we rarely say no to an animal in need.

     Last night Jan 8th, I did a program for the Cobleskill Boy Scouts  (Troop 56 I think). It was also a night that Webelos were visiting the troop.   One of their Scouts, Nick Rehberg, just completed his Eagle Scout Project.  For his Eagle Scout Project, he coordinated and built 32 Barn Owl boxes with his fellow scouts, family and friends.  The project was awesome (and I don't give many compliments).   I was really impressed by Nick and the huge amount of work that he put into this project.

I have nearly 20 nesting boxes that I brought home with me for installation before nesting season. I have several great sites for nesting box installations already planned.   I will also have a few nesting boxes left over that I will be looking for an old barn with a good location to attract some owls.  Please let me know if you have a good site for a nesting box.  I am even going to offer a $50 Gift Certificate to Hubies Restaurant for the person that gets barn owls in their nesting box first!

The scouts were awesome and I enjoyed sharing my love of wildlife preservation and conservation with them. I am an eagle scout and I look forward to seeing Nick achieve this great milestone. Hopefully "we" can inspire other people to continue to expand on the "build a bird house" program. I have a packet of blueprints for various nesting boxes. I like bluebird, kestrel and owl boxes equally.  Let me know if you are a bird house builder; I'll send you a packet.  (I will try to figure out how to get some of the photos off of our facebook page from this project and) I will get them on this blog so you can see how great this project was. Great job Nick. (Pictures added below! Enjoy!)

     2014: There are people that talk about making the world a better place and/or people that do something about making the world a better place. I would rather do something than talk about it.   Make it your resolution to get involved this year.  Everyone has something to contribute!  Think warm thoughts, it is cold enough.

Friday, December 13, 2013

'Tis the Season

Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that our last event of 2013 will be tonight. We will have our "Wise Owls" at Iron Horse Tattoo Shop on Main Street Middleburgh for our village wide Miracle on Main Street holiday celebration. There are many activities going on. The stores and the restaurants will be open late and Santa will be there. Please stop by, visit our owls and enjoy the festivities.
     This also seems like a great time to send out our holiday plea for donations. Winter is tough for us at our facility and feed costs have not went down. Your tax deductible donations are needed NOW more than ever to overwinter our domesticated animals that are awaiting adoption or the wild animals that are unreleasable back into the wild. Your generosity is greatly appreciated as always, feel free to use our paypal button on our website OR mail checks to Northeast Llama Rescue, NY Wildlife Rescue Center,c/o Wes Laraway, PO Box 410, 167 Llama Lane,  Middleburgh, NY 12122. 
     Our phone continues to ring, we have a nice selection of reg. alpacas looking for adoption and we have 12 llamas coming in soon that will be looking for adoption as well. Feel free to email me at for more details. All my best and I will try to get back into the routine of blogging again soon.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. WES

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Update: Lovely Dogs Need Homes

These lovely dogs came to us in need of a home when their owner had to move and was unable to take them. Thanks to our wonderful friend network, and the kind souls who follow and support us, both the year old Boxer boy and the sweet 2-year old Doberman girl already have loving new homes.

Don't you just love happy endings?

Thank You
from all of us at NYWRC!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lovely Alpacas Need New Homes

Northeast Llama Rescue has just taken in eighteen beautiful female alpacas who are in need of new homes. These are really nice animals, and will be available to approved homes only. Please give us a call (our number is on the contact info page of our website, or email if you are interested in learning more about these girls.

Our adoption application is online to fill out, print, and mail:

 Be aware that filing an application is not a guarantee for approval to adopt.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

We Can't Wait Till Christmas

We Can't Wait Till Christmas....

Can you make a donation now?

Normally, as August wanes in New York, and September approaches, we don't expect to see new little baby rescues coming in for our help.  These baby squirrels, so little their eyes aren't even open yet, and the baby barn swallows (pictured below, as well as a couple more images of the little squirrels), had other ideas. Both the litter of seven squirrels and the barn swallow babies were victims of human interference (nest sites destroyed prematurely) and came to us desperately needing our help.

The influx of animals in need never seems to slow down.  However, the inflow of donations and funding most certainly has.

We at NY Wildlife Rescue and Northeast Llama Rescue are always incredibly grateful for your generous help.  We do understand that times have been tough for everyone, including the animals.  We're hoping that our friends who read our blog and Facebook page can find it in their hearts to donate.  Whether you are a long time supporter or a new friend, please know that you have our loving and sincere gratitude.

At the side of the blog page is a Paypal "Donate" button, and there is also one located at the bottom of our main website,  We are also happy to accept checks or money orders, and the mailing address is:

New York Wildlife Rescue Center
PO Box 410
Middleburgh, NY 12122

In addition, if you work for, or are associated with, an organization which is dedicated to helping animals and the environment and which might like to donate to the cause, please feel free to contact us at any time. Corporate donations of any amount are welcome with our thanks.

And now, a few more photos for your enjoyment:

Thank you, friends!
and all of the animals (and the humans who serve them) at
New York Wildlife Rescue Center

Monday, August 19, 2013