Community Service Champion: September

Community Service Champion: September

Lots of baby animals are being fostered and raised by Kemp Wildlife Rescue.  They stay there until they're old enough to be released into the wild
Mary Kemp says, " we keep them inside on heating pads when they are infants, then once they are old enough, they progress to the outdoor enclosure to go wild. At that time we stop all human contact and focus on them wilding up with their companions prior to release."
Mary Kemp got started with rescuing birds 20 years ago. However, she saw a need to take it a step further, so she started Kemp Wildlife Rescue.
Kemp says, " there's just a huge need in the community and everything that was found by the community was being euthanize because there was no place to bring them and there was a huge need for that."
Kemp has help from people like Melissa Lawsin and Missy Forsgren who foster skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. 
Lawsin says, " it's very rewarding! It's nice to take one that's sick and dehydrate it tiny when it comes in and see it grow to what its supposed to be and releasing them back out into the wild. It's very fun"
The ladies get attached to the animals and they say releasing them into the wild can be very hard.
" Release day it's very hard when you know you have to let them go you have to love them enough to let them be what they are supposed to be but you do get very attached."
Kemps says a lot of people want to keep baby wild animals they find because they are cute but advises against that. 
"They might find a baby squirrel and think it's adorable and want to keep it. They are not good pets. Once they've grown, they become aggressive." 
That's why it's important to contact them if you find baby wild animals that need rescuing.  To contact them go to their web site at www.wildlife-rescue.org