Sarvey Wildlife Care Center
Today’s post is off our usual path of home remedies and natural wellness; instead it’s focused on nature’s wellness - the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals. I want to introduce you to the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, located in Arlington, WA. The team at Sarvey does an amazing job of caring for any injured wildlife brought to the Care Center. Considering that people share this planet with a myriad of nature’s creatures, we should consider caring for them with the same compassion that we extend to ourselves and others.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and was established in 1981; they assist over 2,000 animals each year. The center is a humble place supported by generous donations and filled with love and care. I visited their site several years ago and met with Robert and Freedom the Bald Eagle. Robert told me about Freedom’s story of how she came to the Sarvey as a young baby with broken wings. With much nursing and prayer, Freedom fought with courage and made the choice to recover her will to live. Since her injuries prevent her from returning to the wild, Freedom is a permanent resident of Sarvey and participates in educational presentations.
On June 17th of this year, Sarvey hosted a Go Wild Gala to raise funds for a new eagle aviary. The Kitchen Cupboard Underground was fortunate to attend the event. At the beginning of the event we were able to look around, bid on silent auction items, and purchase a few raffle tickets. Guests also had the opportunity to “adopt” stuffed animals at each dinner table. Sarvey staff were on hand to educate us on the work and their mission.
Dedicated to saving the lives of sick, orphaned, injured, displaced, and debilitated wild animals entrusted to our care so that they may be successfully returned to their native habitat.
To offer educational opportunities to encourage a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of each species, and the ecologic and conservation challenges they face.
Rescue - Rehabilitate - Release
We were even treated with the presence of a Great Horned Owl, a Turkey Vulture, a Red Tailed Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon and of course Freedom the Bald Eagle! Their handlers told of each bird’s story and shared a bit of their unique personalities. We even had a chance to get up close and personal and take some great pictures of these amazing birds and staff.
The Go Wild Gala was a great success, raising over $13,000 towards the new eagle aviary. (And we won some artwork to put in the KCU Office!)
If you would like to help Sarvey continue their work, they accept monetary donations and support through a wish list of daily needs. Should you live in the area, the center runs on volunteer work that requires a minimum of a six month commitment. Your help means everything to the lives of every animal that comes through the center; you will see them thank you with their eyes.
Until next time, remember to extend compassion to our friends of the land, sea and air.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center
Jeff Guidry and His Eagle Named Freedom