COVID-19 Update

Due to coronavirus, many wildlife rehabilitators have closed their doors to limit social interaction. But we are open! We have had to change our admitting practices so that when taking in any new animals, we are practicing social distancing to protect everyone involved. Of course, this all means that we are getting many calls and have a variety of mouths to keep fed this spring. This also means more frequent trips to the grocery store for fresh produce and other food items. Any donation makes a big difference, especially in these uncertain times.

An example of our social distancing pickup!

Here is a look at some of the critters that are in our care!

This dove hit a window, but will be receiving care at the center.

These baby cottontail rabbits were attacked by cats. The little one is eating up some clover and they are both growing more before they can go back to the wild.

This screech owl was hit by a car and needed our care.

A storm knocked down a tree which put a limb through the roof of one of our sheds. We had to pay for the repair to keep cages and supplies stored. Your donations help fund everything from the day to day activities, to the unexpected costs such as this!

This little squirrel is one of several currently in our care, getting big enough to transition to an outdoor cage before release in several weeks. They need fresh produce daily, so our grocery trips are more frequent!

This group of baby opossums are enjoying snuggling in a donated knit nest! The mother was attacked by a dog and the babies were rescued.

This female cardinal hit a window and needed some care as a result.

This songbird needed our help, and we were happy to provide it!

This group of wrens was just dropped off!

North Carolina is now allowing for rehabilitation of rabies vector species (raccoons, skunks, and fox) with the proper qualifications. We have those and are expanding operations to be able to take in more of these animals, like these baby skunks! Donations will help us achieve our goal of helping more of North Carolina’s wildlife!

In addition to the wildlife, Ted, Velvet, and Delana began personally fostering this sweet pup named Oliver. He was found abandoned on the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway and needed a foster home who could provide some special care while he healed from wounds and malnourishment. They accepted but he is now a longer-term foster, as his transport to a rescue in Canada has been put on hold due to the coronavirus. He has put on weight, is healing well, and is a super sweet guy!

Important Bulletin: Hurricane Florence Rescue Effort Update!

On Sunday, September 23, Ted made a second trip to Wilmington to rescue 25 more baby squirrels, bringing the total to 80 squirrels that have come through the doors since the storm ravaged the eastern part of North Carolina. After a 12-hour trip, he brought the babies back to NAWC. Some of the new arrivals were newborns, complete with umbilical cord still attached. NAWC has also been fortunate to receive some donations of food and drinks for our volunteers from Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Greensboro, The Filling Station restaurant in Winston-Salem, and Bojangles in Eden, NC. These donations are much appreciated! Donations of all kinds are still needed, and we are trying to raise $5,000 for the continued expenses for care for the babies, while they are here for several weeks, months, and over the winter.

After Hurricane Florence ripped through our state, Noah’s Ark Wildlife Center received a call from some rehabbers on the East Coast. Their homes and centers under water and without power, they were desperately trying to save the wildlife being brought to them that were impacted from this epic storm. Ted and Velvet immediately starting making calls and plans to act as soon as they were able. Little lives were on the line! Less than 24 hours later Ted was packing our van with bins, supplies, and lots of gas cans to be sure we could get in to Wilmington to get them out.

A board member’s home in Cary was used as a staging area for donations gathered for the potentially treacherous journey ahead. A generous donation of supplies including formula, blankets, and food was made by Wildlife Welfare in Raleigh, NC. After loading up, Ted set out to find a safe route into the flooded area. Once arriving in Wilmington, Ted loaded a total of 55 squirrels into warm, dry bins full of food and headed back to NAWC in Stokes County. He took another stop in Cary on the way back to triage and feed the new arrivals. Thanks to volunteers Bill and Cynthia for the late night bottle feeding help during this important stop over. The squirrels finally arrived here at NAWC at 12:45am Thursday morning after the 18 hour journey. Velvet and Jessica were waiting at the center for the arrival and setup. After a few more hours, all of our new babies were calling NAWC home. More squirrels are already arriving in Wilmington and plans are being made to assist with those as well.

Back of the NAWC van loaded up with bins full of baby squirrels, ready to head to Stokes County

No backseat drivers in this bunch!

Feeding and triage station at a board member’s house in Cary, NC.

Ted feeding hungry babies

Cynthia assisting feeding smaller babies

Feeding the smallest babies

Back at NAWC, bins set up and ready for their first feeding in their new home

It’s a long trip, we’ll need a snack!

Bins in the main squirrel room

More bins, babies, and supplies!