March 14, 2008
For many years at our farm in Middleburgh, we have been doing animal rescue work. I have never asked for help and haven't received much assistance. We have rescued hundreds of animals and did the best we could with what we have. We have developed a reputation for achieving the impossible and are known nationwide. With the addition of Wildlife last year, the demands placed upon us have outgrown our resources.
As a lifelong resident of Middleburgh, I experienced an amazing thing last Sunday, March 9th. A fundraiser was held for our new venture "New York Wildlife Rescue Center" at Sweet Temptations on Main Street, Middleburgh. The support that we received from local businesses in donating raffle prizes, the community support and the turn out on a cold, windy day was incredible. We brought a lamb and some bunnies for Easter Photos by Shelly Wood with the kids. Kelly Martin brought a Great Horned Owl and a Marsh Hawk to educate the crowd. The animals were a big hit with everyone that stood on Main Street with us in the cold.
It was a great day for New York Wildlife Rescue Center for both public awareness of our mission and fundraising. The money raised from the raffle and a percentage of the sale of photos with the animals will go towards the purchase of two used corn cribs for housing orphaned and injured wildlife this spring. We hope to raise enough money to build permanent deer, raptor and mammal enclosures in the near future. There will be several licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators volunteering at our facility to care for animals as they arrive.
The following businesses donated gift certificates for our raffle and you have our sincere appreciation and our patronage in the future. Shear Heaven, Twist N' Flip Gymnastics, The Conglomerate, Middleburgh Gym, Little Italy, Julie's Hair Shoppe, Kelley's Bar and Grill, Hubies, M & J Cafe, Mrs. K's Kitchen, Rejuvenate Therapeutic Massage, John Cancio Auto and Truck, Agway, Crewell's Ice Cream, Gazehound Animal Communication, Sweet Temptations, Middleburgh Hardware and Creative Classics Photography.
We are available to speak to community groups about what we do and we look forward to seeing you at local events in the future.
Wes Laraway, Director
NY Wildlife Rescue Center
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