Vale Wildlife Hospital began over 28 years ago when I accepted an injured
tawny owl from a local vet and I could never have imagined that this would
lead to thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wild creatures needing
our help every single year.
We are now one of the busiest and most well respected wildlife hospitals in
the UK, and despite being a predominently regional charity, our expertise is
being called upon from much further afield, including overseas.
As well as our main objective, to treat and rehabilitate our native wildlife,
advice and education are becoming more and more important, and
therefore additional funding is becoming necessary to help us with this.
The main reason for Vale's existence is that people genuinely care about
wildlife and want to do their very best for an animal in trouble.
A majority of the injuries that we deal with are as a result of wildlife coming
up against us humans, with our cars, roads, housing estates, pesticides, farming
methods, domestic pets...... the list goes on and on.
But, we are a nation of animal lovers, and that includes our wildlife -
if this was not the case there would be no need for wildlife hospitals
such as Vale - we are here because of public demand.
The hardest part of the work that we do is raising the necessary funds to
continue. Over £20,000 is needed every single month, and extra funding
is needed for improvements and expansion.
We do not receive any government funding, but are totally
reliant on public support. £250,000 per year....a mammoth task!!
The future of Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre is in the hands
of our supporters, and we could do so much more to help wildlife and to
teach more people how to care for and treat our suffering wild creatures
if we knew that funds were there to enable us to continue and grow.
Legacies are the foundation for many of the charities in the UK and are
vital in making sure that all the good work they do can continue.
By leaving a gift to Vale in your Will, you can help to secure our future,
and we can continue to help wild animals like the ones pictured here,
and release them back into the wild where they belong.
Thank-you, Caroline Gould, Founder & Manager