25th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast

                   The Wildlife In Need Center invites you to our Annual Pancake Breakfast and Baby Shower! Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 8:00 am -1:00 pm at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions Club 235 Main Street Dousman, WI 53118 *Please note this event is not at our facility.* Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, corned beef hash, bake sale goodies, and more! Ticket Prices: $8 Adults & Children ages 12 & up $4 Children ages 11 & under Children ages 2 and under are Free This event is also a baby shower for all of the Spring wildlife orphans that WINC raises and releases back into the wild. Some of the items we need most would be: puppy chow hull-less/no waste birdseed mixed bird seed whole nuts (still in shell) paper towels bleach (disinfecting) laundry detergent Plus… ♦ Our educational ambassadors will also be on-site for people to meet! ♦ Shop our gift shop with one-of-a-kind wildlife items ♦ Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak & Bending Branches Paddle $5.00...

White Pelican

Many people have been asking for an update on our White Pelican so here’s a fun fact for you – he is still with us in part because of the federal government shutdown…here’s why: The White Pelican patient was brought in to WINC around Thanksgiving emaciated and filled with parasites. He is now doing well and all done with rehabilitation process. We were able to treat his parasites and help him get back up to normal weight with his breakfast and dinners of live fish! Through his rehabilitation we discovered he had an old injury in his left elbow that had already started to develop arthritis. He has very limited range of motion in the joint due to the injury as well as arthritis and because of this he is not releasable. His arthritis will need to continue to be monitored and he will need to get medication to help with any discomfort in that elbow joint. This video shows our staff throwing him a fish with his pill of medication hidden in the fish, which he takes readily! We began networking and looking for permanent placement for him at a zoo or sanctuary. We *hope* to place him at the El Paso Zoo in Texas. We already are in communication with the staff there, but we need U.S. Fish & Wildlife approval for placement. Unfortunately, with the current government shutdown, we will be housing the Pelican until we can get approval for his placement and get him transferred. So we need help feeding him, as having to feed a piscivore (fish eater) is not cheap. The pelican eats about...

Wildlife Painting Class Event

We are excited to announce our 1st ever Wildlife Painting Class Event to be held at WINC! Sunday, March 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Enjoy an afternoon with Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting  Studios to paint a picture of Grace, our America Kestrel, on a 16 x 20 canvas using acrylic paints. Grace will be joining us while we paint! Cost of the class is $50 with $15 of every ticket going to support WINC.  The class size is limited to just 40 people so… Don’t wait, Get you ticket today!! Tickets can be purchased through Stickman Painting Studios: https://app.getoccasion.com/xp/fKbgvK2p...

2nd Annual Feathers In Focus Winners Announced!

Thank you so much to all of the professional and amateur photographers who joined us October 6th, for Feathers in Focus, WINC’s photography workshop. Each of the photographers had the opportunity to take photos of WINC’s feathered ambassadors, and enter those photos into a contest. Without further ado… SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW 2018 WINNERS! Thank you to judges, Sean Merewood, Kim Banach, and Maddi Williams, who had a difficult time deciding on the winning photos. They chose a Best Personality and Best in Show for each of the educational ambassadors, as well as a few Honorable Mentions. See all the winners on our Facebook page, and watch for the winning photos to be gracing the walls of our gathering room soon! The 2019 date for Feathers in Focus is October 12th. The winners are as follows: • Best Personality:         • Best in Show:         • Honorable Mentions:      ...

Fund-A-Fox!

Bare with us…this is a long post, but it goes into detail about a current case we are treating that is very interesting and filled with twists and turns!  Back on September 21st an adult male Red Fox was admitted to The Wildlife In Need Center suffering from Mange. A parasite naturally found in the environment that can affect the skin condition of wild mammals. Mange mites get underneath the skin and cause itching, irritation, and fur loss. It is common that we begin to see mange patients as we head into fall and winter since they can become more easily debilitated with cold weather after suffering fur loss. Mange can be treated if caught early enough since another symptom can be emaciation (very underweight). This is what we usually have to focus on when starting their treatment so they can stay strong during the rehab process. Unfortunately, near the end of his mange treatment we noticed that one of his back toes was starting to swell and overnight one night it quickly became 3 times larger than a normal digit. The skin was stretched so much that it opened. We were unsure what had happened and thought that maybe he hurt it trying to get out of the smaller transfer caging he was still in. There was enough damage to the toe it needed to be amputated. We decided to move forward with surgery to amputate the toe, keeping our fingers crossed that a fox would not continue to self-mutilate the foot post-surgery…most wild species don’t do well with the e-collars people may use on their pets post-surgery...

Giving Tuesday! Let’s Raise $17,000

Giving Tuesday is November 27! Let’s raise $17,000. A generous donor will match the first $5,000! The Wildlife In Need Center’s passion for saving wild lives continues as we approach our 25th anniversary. This year we have admitted 3,200 wild patients and we reached 100,000 people with our wildlife education programs, and the year is not over! This year on our busiest day we had over 550 patients in house at one time.  Through teamwork and compassion, volunteers and staff were able to care for each and every animal in our rehabilitation center. Let’s go wildlife for wildlife and help us raise $17,000 on Giving Tuesday, November 27. All donations are tax-deductible. Please CARE and SHARE this message with friends and family! Please make a donation today (262)...