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News: 11/15/2007

Wildlife Fawn Rescue Update 2007

New director found



Dreams do come true!! After many years of searching, a most exceptional and qualified person, Melania Mahoney, has assumed the difficult job of director of Wildlife Fawn Rescue. Melania possesses the expertise and caring spirit to carry Fawn Rescue forward. We have only just begun!

Fawn Rescue received 104 fawns last year, three of which were not releasable until the last day of November. This year we will have fawns into November again – long year and a lot of fawns to make room for. But it is our policy never to refuse a fawn in need of our help. Because of the nature of our rescues, we must go to them. We continue to travel throughout the county in response to your calls and somehow find room to care for each of them no matter what their needs. If they can recover, with the help of our caring vets and our competent volunteers, each fawn is given that chance. All are released, free to the wild. None are held captive for their lifetime.

Lives change, people move and we lose our shelters, but fawns keep coming and we must have a place to raise them. As the habitat shrinks, it becomes more difficult to find these ideal locations. Raising fawns is seasonal responsibility, not year-round as with pets and farm animals. In four months fawns are gone. That’s not a lot to ask for keeping Sonoma County alive with beauty. We do need your help badly.

This spring the Petaluma Fire Dept. asked for our help in rescuing a stranded fawn off a barge at the river’s edge! This small fawn somehow managed to leap onto the barge then could not get back off. Animal Regulation officers, Gwen and Shirley, reached the scene before I did, captured the fawn with a net, and held it safely in their truck until I arrived. Each year we are indebted to Animal Regulation for their expert and compassionate help. They have never refused.

Many homeowners are not aware of some of the unusual hazards they introduce to wildlife. Wrought iron fences and gates are a treacherous trap for both fawns and adult deer. We are alerting the public to this danger and ask that they make sure their fences and gates have cross bars, or designs that have horizontal bars along the lower sections, which prevent these wild animals from attempting to go through to the other side. The sharp, top spikes can kill an animal attempting to leap over. We are more and more often called to extract deer that are caught and unable to pull free, often injuring themselves internally and externally during their frantic struggle. Please check your gate and fence.

As founder and director of Fawn Rescue I am honored to have received two awards this year. One, a Resolution from the California State Legislature and Assembly for “unparalleled achievements and outstanding commitment to wildlife and the public,” is the first such acknowledgment given to any wildlife rehabilitator in California. This is a giant step for Fawn Rescue and all our volunteers who so willingly contribute to our goals. This award is a tribute to all who work with wildlife. Perhaps because of this recognition, caring for wildlife will be elevated to a higher rung of appreciation in the eyes of the public. The second award, from the American Red Cross ‘Real Heroes’ program, was given for the many meaningful years dedicated to the rescue, care and release of ill, orphaned and injured fawns.

Our work requires specialized skills, hard work and dedication. We are in need of volunteers, individual sponsors, corporate sponsors, and benefactors. Our work is a vital contribution to Sonoma County and to the State of California, and your caring makes this work possible. To contact Fawn Rescue in the future, please call Melania Mahoney at 291-8151.To contact Fawn Rescue in the future, please call Melania Mahoney at 291-8151.


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