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Wildlife rehabilitation needs volunteers

Many hands make light work, and when it comes to rehabbing animals, there is a lot of work and usually not a lot of hands.
Maine animal rehabilitators need help.
Maine animal rehabilitators need help.(WABI)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 3:41 PM EDT
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HAMPDEN, Maine (WABI) - Last week, an employee here at TV5 found a squirrel in distress in our back parking lot.

We called a wildlife rehabilitation expert to help us..

It opened our eyes to how much help those that help animals need.

“About a month ago, I got really overwhelmed and really buried,” said Rachel Parsons, who runs R&R Wildlife Rehabilitation in Hampden.

“Rehabilitators around Maine right now need volunteers, need people to come help,” she said. “There’s all sorts of ways that you can help. It’s not just help with the animals.”

Many hands make light work, and when it comes to rehabbing animals, there is a lot of work and usually not a lot of hands.

“You don’t need any qualifications,” explained Parsons. “Somebody with a truck. You need regular transportation, and you need to be somewhat reliable in your time. Also, if someone just wanted to stop by once for a few hours and say, what can I do, laundry? A rehabilitator could say you could fold that laundry, you could do those dishes, you can wash these three cages, even that is super helpful.”

Any good with a hammer and nail? They could use that, too.

“Outdoor pre-release cages,” she said. “Building them and putting them together. A lot of us don’t have the expertise, but we can’t take in, I can only take in as many animals as I have outdoor pre-release cages to put them into when they are ready to go out.”

A little help could allow Rachel and others in her line of work do what they do best.

“I love being able to interact with the wild neighbors,” said Parsons. “I love being able to take an orphaned baby or an injured wild animal that would’ve stood no chance out in the wild and help them get back on their feet and get back where they belong. I guess it’s a calling. I found an injured skunk in the road one day, and that’s how I met my mentor, and I just kind of took off from there.”

We have a link here about how you can contact R&R.

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