We have been together through thick and thin and many rough patches as a growing non-profit, and you members have shown tenacity and resources that have amazed me many times. Fresno Wildlife is facing an issue that is desperate and impending. As of the first day in July, we will no longer have a place to call home. The company that has generously offered us an incredibly inexpensive location to rent for our office has sold out, and we are to be out by the last day of June. We are pleading with any and all of you to rack your brains for a place where we can set up shop again. We need a minimum 20' x 30' of space to set up a desk with phones and a couple of banquet tables. For those of you who have used or visited our office, or, better yet, the Little House on Temperance where we were lucky enough to be able to occupy an entire small house, you know how much use we make of our space. We store supplies such as animal food, medical supplies, kennels, towels, etc. We hold trainings, accept animals from the public, do exams on new animals, and hold yard sales, and other public events. It has been wonderful to have a couple of rooms and a bathroom or two so volunteers can stay for a relaxed time while they answer phones and hang out. PLEASE, if you know of or have a connection to any available space: rental office, vacant home, or some other workable area we haven't thought of yet, please contact Cathy Garner IMMEDIATELY at 559-575-1836 and give your contact number twice, very slowly and clearly as we can't afford to miss any numbers. Maybe you own a rental home that has been trashed by renters so many times you'd rather just have a reliable group keeping it safe than to face another destructive renter. We would prefer to stay in Clovis, but that isn't a deal breaker. The facility MUST be in a safe area, wherever it is, as we meet the public there at various times of the day and night, plus have young volunteers answering phones there alone.
As of today, if nothing surfaces, we will be forced to move all of our tables, refrigerators, books, decor and supplies into storage and have nowhere to set up our phones, which will seriously effect our ability to help the public during this most crucial season of the rescue year. We are counting on the 400+ people on our email list to come up with something workable to avoid this tragedy.
We will also need people to pitch in with dollies, moving boxes, blankets, trucks, trailers, and muscles to help us on moving day, wherever we are able to go. We will be moving the last weekend of the month, June 27-28, beginning between 8 and 9 AM at the current wildlife office on the SE corner of Herndon and Clovis Avenues. Please call Cathy at 559-575-1836 if you can make it or can offer any of the needed supplies for our move.
Thank you so much for committing your creative juices to helping solve this impending problem. Which of you will be our rescue angel this time?
Cathy Garner, director
Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Service (FWRRS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to caring for orphaned and/or injured native wildlife in our Central Valley. The organization has two main goals: to treat, rehabilitate and return all animals to their natural habitat whenever possible and to educate the general public in becoming more aware, concerned and understanding of our wildlife resources.