|Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit organization that operates solely on funds from public donations and fundraisers. We get NO funds from any governmental origin. All the people working for the center are volunteers, with the exception of the Director of Animal Care, Meredith Day, who became the Director after Meredith Pipestem retired. The Director is responsible for the medical treatment and hands on care of the animals that come to the center. There are five other trained Animal Care technicians, all of whom are volunteer assistants and follow the prescribed treatments decided upon by Meredith and the attending Veterinarians.|
|The mission of NPWRC is:
|Rehabilitating wildlife is a very serious matter for us. We cannot release animals that will come up to people to beg for food. The animals need to be self-sufficient and live their lives in the wild with as little human contact as possible, or they risk getting injured or killed. Therefore, the animals in our care need to have as little contact with people as possible. We cannot run a petting zoo and expect to release animals into the wild that will fear and avoid humans.
FEAR OF HUMANS IS NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL
Even with all the precautions that rehabilitators took with the California Condors, you probably have heard how the condors in the Grand Canyon are not afraid of humans . One man shot and killed a condor that got too close to his campsite. Park officials are looking for ways to keep the birds from swooping down looking for handouts. They will try to train the condors to fear humans.
That is what we are striving for–to release wild animals that fear humans. If not, our deer will approach the hunter, our raccoons, opossums and skunks will become pests in your yard. We are serious about helping wild animals to be wild and free. For this reason, we cannot be open to the public. But do visit the animals on this website, where you will see the current residents as well as the ones that we have successfully released.
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