Significant weather events impact people and also animals. The Center for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife (CROW) is a non-profit in southern Florida that has been saving wildlife and educating people in the area of veterinary science for nearly 50 years. The recent impact of Hurricane Ian in Florida in fall 2022 has had a devastating effect on CROW on Sanibel Island. Here is a little information about CROW from its website (www.crowclinic.org/articles/about-crow):
The CROW Mission: "The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine."
"CROW's Visitor Education Center (VEC) offers behind-the-scenes views into CROW's animal care through live camera feeds, interactive displays and daily presentations by students, staff and volunteers.
Each year, CROW cares for more than 5,000 wildlife patients including more than 200 species of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in its veterinary hospital, which is one of the nation's leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife.
CROW offers educational fellowships and externship programs for undergraduate students, and internship programs for veterinarian graduates.
Volunteers are the cornerstone of CROW and each year more than 200 volunteers dedicate thousands of hours helping rescue, care for and rehabilitate wildlife.
What Sets CROW Apart
CROW accepts all native wildlife in need of care including migratory birds.
CROW employs a full-time veterinarian who is Board Certified in avian medicine and surgery with a number of years' experience working with wildlife and experienced wildlife rehabilitators.
CROW offers immediate on-site critical care such as pain management, surgery and radiography, while also providing for long-term rehabilitation.
CROW offers a student program unique in its scope, with opportunities for college-age or older students at all levels of learning -- including veterinary interns.
CROW has a high case-load with a rich variety of wildlife species not encountered at many other rehabilitation centers."
CROW currently has many needs as it seeks to continue to serve animals in need and educate the public and veterinary interns about animal rescue and rehabilitation. Our Rotary club has a connection with the Rotary Club of Sanibel Island, where club members frequently volunteer and or work for CROW. We would like to help support this organization with some of its immediate needs, which have been exacerbated by the recent hurricane season.
Describe the benefit to the community and/or improve lives:
This project will primarily support the area of focus of Rotary International of Community Development: Disaster Recovery. Providing essential veterinary supplies for this organization will help it continue to fulfill its mission and serve the wildlife impacted by recent events.
Members of our club have established relationships with club members from Sanibel Island and CROW over the years. CROW has a strong network of volunteer support, along with a stable staff and students
Active Rotarian Involvement:
The Greeley Centennial Rotary Club has been active in collaborating with CROW in the recent months to better understand the current needs, educate our club members, and begin to provide support to help the staff and animals recuperate from Hurricane Ian.
Total Project Budget: $3,750.00
$3,750.00 from the Greeley Centennial Rotary and the 5440 District, consisting of $1,250.00 club dollars with matching funds of $2,500.00 from our district.
Greeley Centennial Rotary will write an article as the project progresses updating both the club membership and District 5440. We will submit the article to the local newspapers in Greeley and Sanibel Island. Additionally, we will seek publication of the fund benefits through the CROW website. Twice annually, our World Community Service Committee reports to our club on project progress.