Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
● By Emily Miranda
Story by Emily Miranda
Photo Courtesy of Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
IT BEGAN in the late 1970s with a group of volunteers who were passionate about helping and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. At first, injured animals brought in were housed in the homes of volunteers. As the number of wounded animals began to increase, the group decided to turn their volunteer efforts into an official organization, birthing Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Beginning with a core group of 18 volunteers, Shasta Wildlife has since grown to more than 70 active volunteers with a membership of 500. “We are grateful to our volunteers, members, donors and friends who bring us these critters in dire need of rescue, for it is with our community’s kindheartedness that our vision can be realized,” the organization shares.
The nonprofit’s current 1,500-square-foot facility is in Anderson River Park, and it includes an outdoor wildlife enclosure along with outbuildings for storage. Shasta Wildlife also established the Shasta Lake Hack, a “halfway house” that has been used to release eagles, osprey and other water-loving wildlife back into the wild since the late 1980s.
“This year, Shasta Wildlife celebrates 40 years of quality and compassionate care for the injured and orphaned wildlife of our community,” the Shasta Wildlife team says in a statement. “Our passion to share our intimate understanding of our wild neighbors and teach our community members the value of their presence in our environment is the cornerstone of our mission: wildlife conservation through rehabilitation.”
About 1,500 animals per year are cared for through Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, all with the goal of releasing each injured, orphaned and sick animal back into the wild.
The organization also sponsors educational programs that encourage the public to develop an appreciation and respect for wildlife. Along with education, the nonprofit provides community activities that support their efforts of rehabilitating animals. During the Creeptastic Wildlife Experience event each October, the facility is transformed into a “haunted” campus that guests can tour, with ambassador animals scattered throughout the rooms – last year’s tour ending with a reptile room where brave guests were given the opportunity to hold snakes.
This year’s Creeptastic Wildlife Experience will take place Friday, Oct. 25, from 6-8pm. •
(530) 365-WILD (365-9453)