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Puget Sound WildCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit Organization (80-0514486). With roots in wildlife rehabilitation, our center focuses on promoting conservation & education. We are open to assist citizens with their wildlife questions every day 10:00am to 6:00pm. We cannot take in wildlife for rehabilitation at this time but you can call us for advice. Please do not drop off wildlife on our doorstep. With dropping temperatures, animals may not survive the night if left trapped in a box outside. 

If you have questions about how to help injured wildlife, please call (360) 886-8917 or email us at wildlifesupport@pugetsoundwildcare.org. We will respond within 24 hours. 
Donate to us by visiting Washington Gives
This April 20th-May 5th please visit our site on Washington Gives to donate to our organization. Puget Sound WildCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit Organization and we run off of community donations. We are so grateful to those who choose to donate, we would not be able to do our work without you. Click here if you would like to make a donation. 
 
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Research on Wildlife in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is one of Washington’s greatest treasures with it’s hills of snow in the winter and its plentiful wildflower grasslands in the summer. The mountain is huge with hundreds of acres of national forest surrounding it. Mount Rainier National Park is home to sixty-three species of mammals, sixteen species of amphibians, one hundred and eight-two species of birds and five species of reptiles. It houses animals from the size of black bears and bald eagles to the smallest of hummingbirds, shrews and snakes. It has an incredible range of animals that live in its environment. 

In recent years, there has been conservation efforts for animals within Mount Rainier due to the rapid decline of species due to human interaction or global warming. A large weasel, the fisher has been reintroduced to Mount Rainier National Park. It was over-hunted in Washington state to extinction for its fur. However with a state-wide project the conservationists of Washington were able to release fishers back into national parks such as the Olympic, North Cascades and Mount Rainier. 

Currently there are conservation efforts being done in both the southern and northern cascades to monitor the survival of small carnivores, such as the Wolverine, Red Fox, and Canada Lynx. Their goals are to raise awareness, engage citizens and of course assist in conservation of these predators. The Cascade Carnivore Project has relied on citizen help with their research. The community can be a part of this research by signing up to volunteer and sort through photos of mammals or collect scat on your summertime adventures this summer. 

The American Pika is a small rabbit that lives in the alpine wilderness of Washington. They do not hibernate during the winters and rely on their fur, high metabolism and insulation to survive. However, this means that as the alpine wilderness becomes warmer due to global warming, the pika are overheating. Pika are moving higher and higher up the mountains to keep cool, but they will soon run out of places to go. Mount Rainier National Park has been conducting research on the pikas and monitoring their presence and nests to watch their behavior and moving patterns.

There are countless opportunities at Washington state parks or national parks for you to get involved in citizen science projects or volunteer to make the environment a better place for the wildlife that we see in our backyards. For more information visit the links below:

For information on how to get involved in the Cascade Carnivore Volunteer program:

https://www.cascadescarnivore.org/

 

For information on how to get involved in Mount Rainier National Park:

https://www.nps.gov/mora/getinvolved/vip-positions.htm

https://www.nps.gov/nature/publications.htm 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

At Puget Sound WildCare, we are looking for volunteers to come and sign up to help us maintain the steady flow of the facility. We need compassionate people to help love and care for our kittens, handy-men (or women) to fix normal wear and tear and much more. Each volunteer is valuable to the health of our organization. We are in need of a few extra helping hands. 

What are Kitten Tamers and how do they help wildlife? They are a group of volunteers dedicated to socializing cats and kittens who would otherwise not be adoptable. These animals are usually living outside, without care. Sometimes they come from parks or forests. Sometimes they come from trailer parks and the person feeding them has moved or passed away.  These kittens come in relatively healthy but still need spay/neuter/vaccines/ deworming/flea and tick treatments. Occasionally they will receive our veterinary services for kitten medical issues such as ear mites and diarrhea. Once they are healthy and “friendly” we find them an indoor-only family. Indoor-only is a necessity because of the detriments of cats on native wildlife.  

 What is more fun than socializing with kittens? 

We are looking for volunteers who can come in two-three hour shifts per week. Must love cats! Volunteers age 16+.

As of now, we are expecting to hold an orientation on:

                                      May 16th, 2021 @ 2:00 - 3:30 PM 

Sign up for the orientation at: https://www.pugetsoundwildcare.org/volunteers

Animal of the Month: The Wolverine

Wolverines are the largest land-dwelling members of the Weasel family. These mammals grow to be as big as a medium-sized dog and weigh between 20 and 50 pounds and live for about 10 years in the wild. They are scavengers, as well as predators, feeding on plants and smaller creatures such as rabbits and squirrels. They have also been known to hunt deer and Caribou occasionally. Wolverines are located in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Nordics, and Russia & Siberia in boreal forests and the alpine tundra. Unfortunately, due to climate change and habitat fragmentation, their habitat has been rapidly decreasing in the past few decades. Today, it is estimated that there are less than 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48, mainly the Pacific Northwest. Although the wolverine population in the Pacific Northwest has been declining for years, and even though petitions have been sent to protect wolverines since 2000, the Department of Fish & Wildlife have not declared this species as “Endangered”, thus preventing the creatures from being protected by the Endangered Species Act. Because of their decision to not protect the wolverines, many conservation groups have decided to sue the Department of Fish & Wildlife for neglecting this species, as of December of 2020. Since 2000, the department has been sued 5 separate times for similar reasons involving the wolverines.

 

How to Help:

There are many organizations that are actively trying to help the wolverines survive.

Defenders of Wildlife and Conservation Northwest are organizations where you can learn more about these creatures and how to help. Additionally, you can donate to the Cascades Wolverine Project, as well as the Washington Wolverine Project.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
We'd like to give a big shout out to Mambe Blanket Co. for their generous donation. Our kittens love snuggling up with the warm fuzzy blankets. Since they are waterproof, they are perfect for the rambunctious kittens and playful puppies. We will let you decide the quality of their blankets, check them out at https://mambeblankets.com/pages/about-us 
We would like to thank Boehringer Ingelheim. Their donation helped us give homeless kittens a chance at a forever home. We were able to find homes for over 185 kittens!  
WAYS TO SUPPORT US:
Use our Amazon Smile link to make us your charity of choice. Every time you purchase from Amazon Smile, they donate a small percentage to us. 
Sign us up as your charity of choice for your Fred Meyers rewards and Bartell Drugs rewards. 
The Microsoft Alumni Network has made a wonderful commitment to us. We are truly grateful for their generosity to our future goals. We are excited to create a lasting partnership with them.
Donate your used vehicles to us, whether they are running or not, and get a tax deduction! Please have title in hand when delivering the vehicle.
Call TOLL FREE 1 (877) CARS-4-US Ext. 2875 
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Or give us a call: 
(360) 886-8917







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