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Is it the beautiful mountain scape pillowed with ferns and evergreens, the song birds that wake you in the morning?  The peace and serenity in your surroundings, the squirrels and chipmunks playing as they tumble around in your yard, while you drink your morning cup of coffee on the porch?  Or is it all of these things?  We try to keep them safe and protected for generations to come. So they too will be as blessed as we are to see all of this splendor.  But unfortunately, it is what you do not see is where your awareness desperately needed.

Friends of the Feathered & Furry Wildlife Center established a “second chance” haven, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, animal lover, educator of wildlife and director, Barbara ”Missy” Runyan has been saving helpless animals of all kinds for over 20 years.  The last seven focused on New York State wildlife.  Animals are brought to our center from all over New York.  Unfortunately some are the result of the unkind hand of man.  Midnight phone calls to pick up severely injured animals, defenseless animals shot or beaten by uncaring visitors or residents.  Some are victims of over populated areas, with speeding vehicles, and some, just orphaned or abandoned, simple nature.  Regardless of how they got here, they need our help!!  Not all animals can be saved, but remarkably most are rehabilitated and released back to their wild habitats, those who are less fortunate are no longer meant to suffer. 
Here at the center we have handled many species such as, bear, geese, ducks, woodpeckers, owls, fox, deer, falcons, snakes, songbirds, rabbits and hawks, even turtles.  Many, many others as well.  Each species requires special diet, housing, environmental stimuli, caging, antibiotics, recovery caging, vet care, just to name a few things.  Countless hours are spent, day and night, feeding, cleaning, changing bandages and caring for nature’s babies.  Please get involved…. you may not be able to bottle feed an orphan through the night, but you can still help!!  Donations are greatly needed and appreciated for the continued care of our feathered and furry friends.

Please contact Barbara “Missy” Runyan for wildlife emergencies at 518-989-6534 or 518-965-1864.  Donations are greatly appreciated.  If you have fencing, lumber or other usable materials to build additional wildlife enclosures please feel free to call, as these are also greatly appreciated.

Please make Donation checks payable to:
Friends of the Feathered & Furry
10846 Route 23A
Hunter, New York 12442

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