When I was asked to start writing a blog for TREE, I happily accepted. I love chatting about animals, sharing interesting wildlife facts, and discussing some of our patients. It seemed to be a natural fit for me. Then I realized, I’m not the kind of writer who plans things. I see something or experience something and I tell my story. Then all of the sudden, when I sat down to write, I went blank. I have lots of information in my head, maybe too much, so where do I start?

Today I was thinking about how amazing people are when something is asked of them. The reason rehabbers are able to do what they do is because of the love that so many other people have for animals. So many people play a role in helping these animals, in addition to the rehabber who uses their own knowledge, time, and resources to help. Not many rehabbers are able to go out and get the animal themselves. They are usually either working paying jobs so they may be able to afford to help the animals or they are tending to animals already in their care.

So the first thanks goes to all of the folks who spend their time and gas to go retrieve the animals in need. Sometimes it is simply picking up the animal that has already been contained by the finder and transporting it to the appropriate rehabber. Sometimes these animal lovers have to break into a run chasing a goose or pelican that isn’t quite ready to be caught. Catching a scared or injured animal isn’t something to be taken lightly. And some of these people spend time looking for animals that were reported, just to find the animal has wandered out of site or are just out of reach. Rescuing animals can bring us on heartbreaking scenes when we are just a little too late. But it also brings joy in knowing how many animals are helped because of the people willing to put forth the effort to get them. Thank you to all the transporters and rescuers out there.

We also have to say thanks to all of you- the everyday person who cares enough to make that phone call, snap that picture, or stand outside waiting nearby to direct the rescuer where to go.

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