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Message from Doris
January 2016


Dear Supporters,

Our Year End Newsletter, which you hopefully read in December, showed our financial status. This generated some good questions from some of our donors. One of the questions was:  what are you doing to fundraise? 
Our fundraising efforts are diverse and creative. They have to be for us to survive. Typical suggestions that I receive are grant writing, finding a rich person to help, creating an event that people will pay to come to, getting people to donate raffle items to sell to our members and so on. You will find all of the fundraising work we have done or are still trying to do on our website here
The truth is that those suggestions and ideas are a very common path non profits may take to help provide the much needed funding to do our work. However, these kinds of fundraising efforts are rarely worth the time or energy it takes. Please see the link above for a detailed analysis.
Another question was: what are your most important programs and how does each of them contribute to your financial picture. Here are the programs that we have developed over the years or are currently developing. They are much needed programs in our community and some DO generate funding that goes back into our rehabilitation and education efforts. The income comes directly from the beneficiaries of these programs. This list is a resource to give to your family members, neighbors, co-workers and other people you cross paths with in your life. Please see the program name, purpose and funds it has generated for the year 2015. You will also notice that, even though some of the programs we have developed are much needed, they do not pay for themselves - yet. This shows you that your participation in these programs is what will help keep our doors open. They are listed in the order they were developed.


SCWR Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue: This service is our most important work when it comes to helping our local wildlife. We began providing professional help to our community in 1981 and thirty-five years later have developed powerful relationships with experts in the field of wildlife care and conservation. This is exciting and rewarding work. Most people do not realize that we are a non-profit and are assisted mostly through volunteer participation. We have learned the difficult art of inviting our community members to donate whenever they bring in an animal or when we go on a rescue. Some of the time we even get donations from Good Samaritans without having to ask. We do not charge for this service.
Income: $9,432             Expense: $146,123        In the red: -$136,691

SCWR Public Education Outreach: We educate our community on wildlife issues through wildlife center tours and school classroom presentations. Our staff undergo continuing education to enable us to provide wildlife conservation education at the highest standards in the field. Our rates are competitive with other local wildlife educators.
Income: $21,244          Expense: $77,453         In the red: $56,209

A Wildlife Exclusion Service: This service provides the public with a valuable resource to naturally and humanely exclude nuisance wildlife from human dwellings. We are highly skilled and offer our professional services year-round to our community with very affordable rates.
Income: $75,019           Expense: $63,963         Take home: $11,056

Barn Owl Maintenance Program (BOMP): This service provides sustainable pest control to our local grape growers, businesses, and private homeowners by maintaining their barn owl boxes or having barn owl boxes installed. We also provide valuable research about the activity levels in their boxes. We are also able to find foster wild families for our orphaned barn owls that cannot go back to where they came from as required by our government permitting agencies. The best part of this service is it encourages a barn owl presence. Barn owls naturally kill rodents that cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Income: $25,330    Expense: $3,401            Take home: $21,929

Predator Prevention and Educational Barnyard (PEEP): This is our newest program and is still under development. After many years of rescuing trapped, snared, and poisoned wildlife and seeing the deaths that these methods caused, we knew we needed to provide some valuable education to our community about livestock predation and prevention.
Income: $2,600             Expense: $12,871       In the red: -$10,271
These figures indicate how the public helps to support SCWR when they utilize our programs. Next month I will tell you more about the development of our PEEP-Wildlife Educational Garden and how you can support that program.
Thank you for your continued interest in Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. 

Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit.

Raccoon Training for Enrichment

Clicker Training
Hopefully, you've never had to try to entertain raccoons. They are incredibly intelligent animals who can be very destructive when they are in captivity and get bored. That's why we provide enrichment activities to keep Carlos and Rowdy occupied and engaged with their environment. 

Recently we have been clicker training the raccoons to stand on a scale and permit touch between the shoulder blades. This will let us easily check the raccoons' weight and adjust their diet accordingly. We have to apply flea treatment between their shoulder blades. If they are comfortable being touched there, then we can apply it without restraining them, which is easier for them and us.  Carlos and Rowdy enjoy the training too! It's a new task, and the reward is dog kibble- a high value treat. 

Above Danielle, our Animal Care Director, is teaching Sara, an Animal Care Assistant, how to clicker train. Carlos is learning that clicks mean kibble. In the future, the click itself will be the reward and the raccoons can pat themselves on the back for a task well done.

Animals by the Numbers, 2015

Map of our Patients by Location
We have the latest statistics for our patients in 2015!
Last year SCWR took in:

58 Bats
317 Birds (of these, 105 were raptors)
2 Bobcats
3 Coyotes
91 Foxes
255 Opossums
1 Otter
60 Skunks
172 Squirrels
44 Rabbits
106 Raccoons
21 Others (including beavers, a porcupine, moles, muskrats, and weasels)

That makes for 1129 patients in 2015! Thanks to our community for rescuing these animals in need, and thanks to our volunteers for helping us to rehabilitate and release them. We couldn't do it without all of you!

2/6/2016 Volunteer Party
2/13/2016 Volunteer Orientation 10 am-12 noon
2/20/2016 Policies and Regulations  10 am-12 noon
2/27/2015 Wildlife Rescue and Release  10 am-12 noon