A wild care rehabilitation center in Monroe County is not taking in any more animals because it does not have enough to pay its bills for the remainder of the year.
For more than a decade the staff at the Wild Care Center has worked to rehabilitate animals that are orphaned, sick or injured.
Facility Manager Jennifer Cunningham says because of weather conditions, illness and the increase of the number of animals who require extended care the center’s numbers have drastically increased.
“As of July of this year we had already taken in 2100 animals and of the entire year of 2011 we only took in 1342, as of to date we’ve taken in roughly 2,600 animals so we’ve actually tripled since 2010.
The center’s annual budget is $95,000. That money is running out and the center is in a position where it might not be able to care for the animal’s basic needs.
Center volunteer John Behringer says the cost of vaccinations and medical care for the animals has been expensive.
“Another thing that really hit us hard this year was the west Nile vaccine that we have to give to certain animals,” he says.
The center will continue to care for about 30 animals it currently has. Cunningham says other facilities will have to absorb the animals the center is forced to turn away and that could in turn put a strain on their operations.