July 11, 2014
Tifton, GA - For many people, when they see a baby animal all alone, their first instinct is to rescue it. Many of those animals are then taken to wildlife rehabilitation centers. But according to the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association, a lot of these facilities are at capacity.
The GWRA says many times, when you see a baby animal in the woods, or a neighborhood, they're just out exploring and will return to their mothers. They aren't necessarily an orphan and should be left in the wild.
To manage overcrowding, the GWRA created the Wildlife Hotline, a toll-free number, for information about what to do for orphaned or injured animals. Barely two months in, and the program is already a sucess.
"We are expanding. We anticipated a lot of calls. Not quite as many. So, what we are trying to do is meet that expectation and actually be prepared with more volunteers so we can always answer calls", says Executive Director, Chet Powell.
Because of the hotline's popularity, GWRA now needs more volunteers to respond to calls.
"If you have spare time and you love animals, then it's a really good thing to get involved in. You feel really good after helping the babies out, getting them to the rehaber, or whatever you need to do to them", says Volunteer, Brooke Hester.
Powell says, he hopes the program gets animals out of rehabilitation centers and back in the wild, where they belong.
The Georgia Wild-life Rescue Association says anyone can be a volunteer, and most of the training is online. The first volunteer session starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on how to become a volunteer, visit www.georgiawildliferescue.org.
The Wildlife Hotline can be reached at 1-888-WLD-LIFE.