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KY Wildlife Center needs donations with baby season in full swing

Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 00:52:43-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18)  — The Kentucky Wildlife Center is in need of donations as they work to take care of hundreds of animals.

Kentucky Wildlife Center Director Samantha Opp said they’ve taken in more than 400 baby animals since January. Baby season begins in spring and lasts through summer.

“A lot of them are neonatal that come in. So they’re eyes closed and need round the clock care,” said Opp.

Opp explained normally, they would have volunteers working around the clock to help feed the babies, but are currently operating with only essential staff.

“We've been trying to take shifts and split the groups up as much as we can, amongst ourselves, but it's been rough,” she said.

The Kentucky Wildlife Center cancelled its annual “Baby Shower” fundraiser, which was set to take place on March 26. Funds are running low as the wildlife team works to care for hundreds of animals in need, and so are supplies.

“We have a lot of things that we use regularly in-house and have to go out and buy out of our own pockets,” said Opp.

Opp said she understands the coronavirus has caused financial strain on many families, so many may not be in a position to donate money. However, she said if people can donate extra supplies, it would also help.

The Kentucky Wildlife Center has an Amazon Wishlist set up with some of the supplies people can donate. Opp is also encouraging supporters to list the center as their Amazon Smiles charity.

“Sharing our posts, choosing us on Amazon smiles as your charity, checking out our Amazon wish list, donating cat or dog food, sending prayers....all make a difference,” wrote the Kentucky Wildlife Center on Facebook.