The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Inc.

Here at CPXample we are all about spreading the word about organizations working for a cause. Recently, The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Inc. was brought to our attention.  This unique wildlife rescue center goes above and beyond to help animals and we wanted to share their story.

owls“The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Inc. is a not for profit organization incorporated in 1997 for the purpose of rescue, rehabilitation and ultimate release back to the local ecosystem any injured or orphaned wild animals. Through a cooperative licensing agreement with Suffolk County, the Rescue Center renovated an old derelict building at Munns Pond Park in Hampton Bays. We opened the first staffed wildlife hospital on the East End of Long Island in June of 2000.

Because of habitat loss, people in the local communities are encountering wildlife far more frequently than in the past. The Wildlife Center was developed primarily as a result of the need to assist people directly involved in wild animal situations. That involvement includes over ten thousand calls a year from the public requesting wildlife information. The Center operates seven days a week throughout the year including holidays. This year the Center will admit over thirteen hundred animals for rehabilitation. The causes are myriad: window-strikes, pesticide poisoning, cat attacks, auto accidents and many other reasons, but the result is clear; the establishment of the Wildlife Rescue Center has filled an enormous void in public service. Calls previously directed to the local police, highway departments and animal control are now deferred to the Rescue Center. All services are offered to the local communities at no charge. And we are more than glad to assist in these matters.

The Center is a full time staffed hospital dedicated exclusively to the welfare of wild animals. The care of wild animals is far more difficult than the care of domestic animals. Each individual species eats an entirely different diet that must be specially prepared. At times, it is necessary to prepare 30-40 completely different diets. This must be done several times a day. Species differ also in anatomy, physiology and natural histories. During the busy spring season, orphaned baby birds must be fed every half-hour throughout all daylight hours. There are also orphaned rabbits, squirrels, opossums, foxes, raccoons, woodchucks, chipmunks and even deer. This requires the efforts of over a dozen-trained people on a daily basis to attend to the animals and keep the facility in hospital sanitary condition.

heronThe Center is comprised of an operating hospital with an office, examination room, dietary preparation area and recovery room for approximately 50 patients. Additional structures include a waterfowl complex, a mammal complex, a reptile building, an aviary and a small stress free environment for rabbits. Future plans include a raptor flight conditioning facility and a generator plant that will allow us to operate during a power shortage plus a walk-in freezer complex for the storage of necessary foods such as fish and rodents.

Under the direction of an Executive Committee, eight full time and three part time employees staff the Wildlife Rescue Center. They are assisted by 15 hospital volunteers and over 80 trained rescue/transport volunteers. Our educational programs include an educational walk, which is a 15-20 minute walk around one of the ponds on the Munns Pond site. Another program, currently being facilitated, is classroom education geared for different age groups throughout many local public and private schools. These programs teach thousands of students and also civic groups as to the importance of co-existing with wild creatures.

Habitat is disappearing on the East End at an alarming rate. The natural beauty and pleasant ambiance have attracted buyers from the highest end of the economic spectrum. Larger and larger estates rise up from once fertile fields and quiet woodlands. The small wild creatures that were once our closest neighbors are uprooted from their dens and nests. They retreat back into untouched environments until eventually they are evicted again by contractors’ machinery. We receive call after call…there’s a duck in my pool…there’s a raccoon in my shed. In truth, they have no other place to go. This is not a problem that will go away. This is the beginning of a major problem. This year alone the hospital will admit over 1,300 animals.”

It’s incredible to think about how far this organization has come since it started. In one year they will help over 1,300 animals; we think that is truly inspiring. We hope you will share this story amongst your friends and family and help spread the word about The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Inc. You can support the organization by following along on Facebook as well as donating to their cause.


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