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Message from Doris
Helping Each Other


Dear Supporters,

As the fires in Butte and Lake Counties are finally under control, the devastation is not. Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue was called upon to help with a rescue that brought us right into the middle of the apocalyptic environment. The pictures I have looked at from the media were not even close to what we saw of what was left as we drove to get to our destination point. Even observing and talking to the people along the way made it feel like we were in some war zone you might have watched in a movie. It was so unreal and yet you knew these people were not done suffering and wouldn't be for a long time. As I drove back to the safety and security of home, all I could think about was wishing there was a way I could help.

Fortunately I heard from a good friend, Dr. Grant Miller. He had spent over a week at Middletown Animal Hospital helping his friend and colleague, Dr. Jeff Smith. They were dealing with the disastrous results of the fire. They were the only functioning animal emergency care facility still open in the area and they were overwhelmed with the animal victims that were in need of their loving care. They needed help to fund their efforts. (When we first made plans to help in our wildlife rescue attempts, we were turned away because the emergency crews said their only concern at the moment was helping people and it was too dangerous to do anything else.)

This is when we turned to you, our supporters. Asking for money is one of the most difficult things to do and one of the only ways to keep a non-profit's doors open. We have made a pledge to our supporters and have promised not to ask for money but twice a year. We ask for help from you for our Spring Appeal and for our Year End Appeal. When we found out about all the good work being done to save the lives and heal the wounded animal victims of the fires, we had to let you know how much they needed you.

Here are a couple of examples of the work they are doing right now!
-An emergency case where a horse with high, severe forelimb lameness occurred because the owners lost their home and the horse was injured in unfamiliar pasture. 
-A severely emaciated and dehydrated kitten was wandering around lost with severe burns on its foot pads.

There are great moments and chances in our lives when we DO have the ability to make the world a better place. We sent you a plea for help and you made us proud when you reached out to support the heroic efforts of our animal angels at Middletown Animal Hospital. These are the opportunities that make it worth the personal financial sacrifices we sometimes must undertake. I know we can all agree that this was one of those worthy causes.

We want to thank our amazing Supporters from Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue for coming to the aid of our two-legged and four-legged animal friends in Lake County. If you would like to continue the much needed support to Middletown Animal Hospital, please click here.

This site is kept up-to-date and reading the testimonials and seeing the generosity of others is an added bonus for the rewards of your donation efforts.

Sincerely yours,


Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

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

Free Fox

Hiding at the top of the cat tree
It's been a long haul, but this fox is finally free! She came in with a piece of skin the size of a slice of bread missing from her side. For a fox that is only weighs around ten pounds, that's a lot of skin. Using sophisticated bandaging techniques, we were able to help her to regrow healthy skin over the entire area. She spent a long time in the hospital, some of it on a donated cat tree which made her feel safer. Once her wound was healed, she moved to an outdoor enclosure where she could gain strength. This month she was released back to where she came from, a beautiful vineyard property. The owners were very happy to welcome her back for her rodent devouring skills!

Before treatment

After treatment
Bye Bye Beaver

Remember the beaver from last month, who lost his home when his pond was drained after a red wine spill? He's back in the wild!  After we observed that he could successfully perform necessary beaver tasks, like finding food and building stick structures, he was able to be released. Unfortunately, his previous home was gone, so we had to find an alternate release site. Cheryl Reynolds of Worth a Dam, the Martinez Beaver advocacy group, assisted us in finding a suitable site. As soon as we got to the stream, the beaver began to get excited, pressing his nose on the corners of the kennel.  Once we opened the door, he was out and away!

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