April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and since one of my biggest passions is animals, I just want to say a little something every day for the rest of the month (that's my goal).
Today I would like to say thank you to the Portland Audobon Society who have taken in injured pets that I've found in the past. There are a group of volunteers who work to rehabilitate mostly winged creatures in their Wildlife Care Center and they educate people on some of the local birds in the area. They have used hawks as "teachers" those who have been rehabilitated but can no longer be in the wild, just as an example of the many ways they educate people young and old in the city of Portland, Oregon.
There are times when they cannot save an injured animal, but they have never turned me away. I brought in a crow I found in a school yard and I walked him home in my arms about a half mile while walking back with my husband and our Golden Retrievers (who first found him). He laid gently in my arms and seemed content, but I knew he most likely was in shock. As it was getting towards dusk, I put him in a box and tried my best to keep him warm until the next day.
I took him into the Wildlife Care Center at the Portland Audobon Society and I called the next day. He couldn't be saved, but they were so kind and I felt that their genuine compassion really touched me, so I made a donation. They have a wonderful newsletter that goes out to those who donate, filled with information and trips that you can sign up for, both day trips and more extensive ones.
I hope to do that someday!
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