You have to shop anyway, right? Why not sign up with Amazon Smile. Each qualifying purchase (there is always a notation by the item if it qualifies) earns a donation to NY Wildlife Rescue Center and Northeast Llama Rescue. There is no cost to you, and Amazon does all the work.
As much as we are all tired of hearing about Black Friday, Amazon does offer some great deals. Are you going to shop online? Shop for the critters!
This week (11/17/15) there was a large animal rescue that occurred in a neighboring town of Westerlo, NY. Over 200 animals were retrieved from deplorable conditions at a home there. Northeast Llama Rescue / NY Wildlife Rescue and Wes Laraway have taken in over 100 -- all of the chickens, ducks and pigeons as well as all of the rabbits.
Funding is desperately needed to care for these animals (and all of the others who reside at NELR/NYWRC). As you may know, Wes's only sources of income for these animals are your donations and his own paycheck as a school teacher. Please donate generously! Winter is coming fast, and the population of NELR has just risen substantially!
Did you know that there are many ways to support Northeast Llama Rescue/New York Wildlife Rescue Center? And some of them won't cost you an extra dime!
Of course, there is always the option of sending a donation directly. These gifts to the animals are so gratefully appreciated, and are the backbone of our ability to care for them. With winter breathing (coldly!) down our necks, your donations are even more needed than ever. In the winter, feed and housing costs go up, we wind up with unexpected medical situations, and our ability to attend public events (where many of our donations come in) dwindles to next-to-nothing.
How can you donate?
If you prefer PayPal, look on this blog page for the "Donate" button in the sidebar. Also, there is a "Donate" button at the bottom of our main website, http://www.redmaplefarm.net, which is always accessible.
If you are not comfortable sending money online, you may always send a check instead. This can go to:
PO Box 410
Middleburgh, NY 12122
Or if you prefer, you may download and fill in our mail-in form and send that with your check. It is located here:
Amazon Smile is a wonderful program that donates a percentage of all sales that go through them to a person's chosen charity. It's only a small donation, but if enough good-hearted people sign up, it can definitely make a dent in our expenses. Now that the holiday season is approaching, if we can get enough people shopping through Amazon Smile, it would be wonderful. Please sign up through the following link, and tell your family members, friends, neighbors, dentist. trash collector and second cousin twice removed to sign up, too! Amazon Smile is absolutely free to shoppers, and is as easy to use as signing in to Amazon through the Smile portal (they will even give you a button to click on your browser so you can do that in one step).
Similar to Amazon Smile, but with hundreds of other participating stores, is iGive. When you sign up for iGive, which is also free to you, you can shop at a huge number of online stores, which will then donate varying percentages to NELR/NYWRC. It's perfectly fine, also, to sign on to both Amazon Smile and iGive, so that wherever you shop, you can help the animals,
iGive also has a search engine that, when you use it instead of one of the many other search engines online, will donate a penny per valid search to NELR/NYWRC. Look for the search bar at the top of the page here:
Of course, monetary donations are always our primary need, but if you have goods and services that you would like to donate, here is our ever-evolving critical needs list as of the time of this posting:
Hay and Feed
Monetary Donations (always on the list, of course!)
Gift Certificates to Kelly Farm and Garden/Agway, Tractor Supply (both in Cobleskill) and/or Crewell's Feed Store (Middleburgh)
Occasional muscle power for repairs and construction needs (call/email ahead to find out if we need help with a project -- you can find contact information on our website, above)
Volunteer help with fundraising, grant research, etc
There you have it! There are so many ways to help the animals at NELR/NYWRC. Take your pick, and join us, as we rescue, rehabilitate, release and rehome the wonderful souls who come to us for help.
All the volunteers and the animals want to thank our supporters for the love, the encouragement and the donations they have faithfully sent over the past year.
Soon the "tough months" here in upstate NY will be arriving. The animals' needs will be changing with the seasons. As the pasture disappears under a blanket of snow, feed costs will climb. The need for warmth and shelter goes up along with the electric bills. Then there are the inevitable repairs that are part of fall and winter for every farm and sanctuary.
Would you like to help the animals of NY Wildlife Rescue Center and Northeast Llama Rescue through those "tough months"? Please click the "Donate" button on the right of this blog (which can also be found at the bottom of our website at http://www.redmaplefarm.net ). If you're more comfortable sending a check, it can be sent to:
New York Wildlife Rescue Center
PO Box 410
Middleburgh, NY 12122
NELR/NYWRC is a U.S. 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Please feel free to forward this information if you have friends you feel would also like to help.
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.