Merger gives wildlife more protection

REGION — San Diego County is becoming a safer community for orphaned and injured wildlife. HYPERLINK “http://www.projectwildlife.org/”Project Wildlife and the HYPERLINK “http://www.sdhumane.org/”San Diego Humane Society and SPCA have completed a merger, united for a more humane San Diego.Integrating resources and expertise ensure the continuity of saving injured wildlife such as raccoons, opposums and birds, from tiny hummingbirds to large raptors, such as owls and hawks. Since 1972, Project Wildlife has saved sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in San Diego County. Now, this community service is officially a program of San Diego Humane Society.

“All animals matter, and we’ve always considered our partnership with Project Wildlife vital to providing care to all animals in need, not just those who are our home companions,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We’ve worked together for many years to transport injured animals and connect citizens with crucial wildlife services, so integrating our teams was a natural step.”

Earlier this year, Project Wildlife asked San Diego Humane Society to consider bringing their operations into the Humane Society fold to ensure the continuity of saving the most vulnerable animals in San Diego: injured wildlife. The organization had struggled to secure consistent funding for their lifesaving programs. In the busy baby animal season, Project Wildlife can take in up to 300 injured or sick animals each week and, as the only local emergency trauma center for injured wildlife, they must always keep their doors open to these animals.

By combining resources and expertise, Project Wildlife will continue as a program of San Diego Humane Society to provide emergency and rehabilitative care for injured animals that have no other options.

For wildlife emergencies, or queries regarding orphaned, injured or ill wild animals, call (619) 225-WILD (9453). Additional information about Project Wildlife or San Diego Humane Society can be found by visiting HYPERLINK “http://www.projectwildlife.org/”projectwildlife.org or HYPERLINK “http://www.sdhumane.org/”sdhumane.org.

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