A parent whose child has rescued a wounded bird or toad knows that Mona Rutger and the staff at Back to the Wild will patiently and humanely answer questions and offer expert advice or sanctuary. A person who has never seen an eagle, hawk or an owl up close may have had their memorable first experience with Back to the Wild’s traveling exhibits at festivals and schools in our area or at their remarkable Back to the Wild sanctuary near Castalia.
In 2006, Rutger was named Animal Planet’s “Hero of the Year”. In October of 2012, Back to the Wild rescued a bald eagle that was struck by a jet at the Erie/Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton. There have been surgeries for the eagle and there will be a lengthy rehabilitation at Back to the Wild, after which the Airport Eagle is scheduled to be released late this summer.
After 20 years of supporting and rescuing animals and educating our children and our community, Back to the Wild can use financial support. Rutger, who rarely asks for assistance, has posted a heartfelt letter on facebook and on the Back to the Wild website, www.backtothewild.com.
“We have no guaranteed source of income and most donors have had to cut back or even drop out until things improve. I can’t and won’t give up the ship, but it is a great challenge to find funding,” says Rutger. “On a very heartwarming and uplifting note, our supporters were extra generous during the Holiday Season and New Year, remembering us with a much-needed donation to help us keep our doors open.”
“If you are in a position to help us help wildlife, remember us throughout the year, especially in the spring when we are literally overwhelmed with hundreds of orphaned and injured wildlings monthly.”
BACK TO THE WILD® is a volunteer, non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and nature education center located in Castalia. Its primary mission is to rehabilitate and ultimately release into their natural habitat, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.