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Wildlife Shelter

TitleWildlife Shelter
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-03-28
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #119 - "Wildlife Shelter, Inc." (Air Date: 5/31/05). Connie Stevens from the non-profit animal rehabilitation facility, Wildlife Shelter Inc., discusses their work in treating and releasing injured animals and
SubjectAnimal shelters -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A119: Wildlife Shelter, Inc. Air Date: 5/31/05 Tease @ 23:43 "The wildlife shelter here on the west shore of Lake Tahoe has rehabilitated more than 8, 000 animals over the past 20 years. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll bring you inside and show you around coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: Wildlife Shelter, Inc. is a non-profit animal rehabilitation facility located in Homewood on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Over the past 20 years, the facility has treated more than 8-thousand animals and birds. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy explains what the shelter is all about. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) Every days is a busy day at Wildlife Shelter, Inc. There are animals and birds that need tending, lots of mouths to feed and plenty of cages to clean. In the owl shelter outside, two great horned owls curiously survey their surroundings. These owls came to the shelter as babies. They were injured after falling out of a tree. The goal of the shelter is to care for their injuries and release them back into the wild. ((sot @ 15:29 Connie Stevens, Wildlife Shelter, Inc.)) "There is one that is extremely wild that has nothing to do with humans…won't talk to us at all which is wonderful. We like that and that one will be very much releasable." ((track 2)) The shelter also houses a raccoon that was hit by a car and has a broken leg, a snake with a broken jaw, several birds with broken wings and other assorted patients. The shelter also raises its own food including mice and rats and even beetle larvae. There is no paid staff at Wildlife Shelter, Inc. Instead, a group of dedicated volunteers keeps the place going. And, there is one common belief they all share. ((sot @ 22:44)) "Being respectful to all life is a very important theme that we live by here at Wildlife Shelter, Inc." ((track 3)) Animals and birds come to the shelter from all over northern California and northwestern Nevada. They come because they are injured or hurt in some way. The shelter takes them in, patches them up and when they're ready, sets them free. ((sot @ 18:34)) "All of our patients have to pass a test and the test if four points. One, can it see and recognize its normal diet. And, two, can it get to it and consume that food. Question three is does it recognize danger, and four can it escape from that danger." ((track 4)) If an animal can meet all four requirements, it is released back into the wild. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: During the summertime, Wildlife Shelter, Inc sees more than 100 patients every day. Their best advice if you happen upon an injured animal…cover its head and body with a blanket or towel and move it into an enclosed space. Then call a professional for help.

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