BACK TO THE WILD
Volunteers In Action!

BACK TO THE WILD, Inc.is a 501-C3 non-profit corporation that manages a wildlife rehabilitation center in northwest Ohio. Its primary mission is to rehabilitate and ultimately release into their natural habitat, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.  BACK TO THE WILD also presents educational programs to schools, youth groups, park districts and community organizations. For further information, contact Mona Rutger at 419-684-9539 or e-mail mona@backtothewild.com.

This center is completely non-funded, depending solely on private contributions and donations from many caring individuals and organizations throughout the community. Many volunteers offer helping hands to allow the center to continue this important work. Volunteer jobs range from cage cleaning, cage construction and repair, grounds maintenance, office work, answering phone calls regarding a wild animal crisis, clinic work, fund-raising and providing educational tours to visitors at the center.

Check this page for a selection of pictures of volunteers working at Back To The Wild.

CONSTRUCTION

Skilled labor is invaluable when the center needs a large building or enclosure constructed. Donated and reduced-price lumber and material is most welcome and sincerely appreciated from local suppliers. Gordon Lumber in Oak Harbor, 84 Lumber in Sandusky, and private individuals have helped to cut costs in several of the center's large cage constructions. Many carpenters have donated and sacrificed long hours of labor and skill to help build much-needed enclosures. Below, Lee and Sue Cross, Dean Lawrence, and Carol Andres work to construct a new cage to house a Bobcat at the center. These four individuals have played a major role in building the very first cages that began "BACK TO THE WILD"!! Please visit our Donor Recognition Wall to read the names of many other supporters who have helped to make this center possible!

volunteers install wire screen volunteers building an enclosure

FUND RAISER STAFFING

During the annual BACK TO THE WILD Fund Raiser, volunteers staff the giant yard sale area, direct parking, sell raffle tickets, assist the auctioneer, and pass out complimentary ice cream. Volunteers also provide guided tours of the facilities to the guests, where many native wild animals can be viewed up close. These permanently disabled, non-releaseable animals, serve as valuable educational tools to benefit other wildlife and help visitors to understand the critical need to help preserve and protect our natural world.

Injured wild animals, which are being rehabilitated, are off-limits to the public, to reduce stress and allow them to recover from their injuries. When ready to survive on their own, they will be released into their natural habitats . . . WILD AGAIN!

CLEANING CAGES AND EQUIPMENT

Need we say more? Cleaning is an endless task to ensure the safety and health of the recovering animals. Everything from water bowls to fresh bedding, to cage walls and roofs, and counters and floors in the clinic need to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.

OFFICE STAFFING

The maintenance of federal and state permits and record keeping is an enormous and continuous job. All rehabilitators are required to possess appropriate State Wild Animal Permits and U. S. Fish & Wildlife Special Purpose Possession and Rehabilitation Permits. Centers are routinely inspected and year-end reports must be submitted, listing every animal received, the nature of its injuries and its final disposition. This ensures the best possible care of a wild animal in the hands of licensed, trained individuals.


BACK TO THE WILD IS ABLE TO CONTINUE TO EXIST AND IMPROVE ITS EFFORTS IN WILDLIFE REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION BECAUSE OF THE GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT OF MANY CARING INDIVIDUALS!



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BACK TO THE WILD wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia, Ohio.

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