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Wildlife rehab clinic faces financial struggles

Posted June 21, 2010 5:06 p.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2010 8:37 p.m. EDT

— A nonprofit clinic that has treated nearly 1,000 sick and injured wild animals in the past year is struggling financially.

"We're here because of the people and the donations," Pamela Bayne, president of the Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, said Monday.

Open for less than a year, the clinic is the only one of its kind in the region that holds federal and state licenses to treat wild animals native to North Carolina – from songbirds to turtles.

It costs an average of $100 to feed, provide medical care and shelter each animal.

But donations are down, and Bayne says the clinic has already had to stop purchasing certain medications. She has also had to personally pay for some expenses to keep the clinic open.

"We're asking the community to volunteer and help us, so we can continue to do this work," Bayne said.

To learn more about supporting the clinic, visit the Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic website or mail a donation to: 1417 Seaton Road, Durham, N.C., 27713.