Costs of Care
The costs of caring for the animal you bring us depends on many factors, first and foremost the seriousness of the injury and the animal's length of stay. But the component costs of care are varied and sometimes not ones you might imagine when considering how much to donate.
Each animal admitted has costs that are directly attributable to its care. Those direct costs include things like syringes, medicine, bandages, feeding tubes, needles, food, bedding, formulas and surgery. The cost of medical care is directly attributable to the seriousness and nature of the injuries. An animal that requires intensive care that includes things like intravenous fluids and medications, could easily cost $25-$30 for medicine and medical supplies in the first day alone. Food is also a signficant cost. A bird of prey, fox or coyote could cost $500 in food alone over the course of its stay (more for a large bird of prey like an Eagle).
Each animal admitted also has indirect costs for medical equipment and caging. Over the course of the animal's stay it might have required an Incubator, a stainless intermediate cage and one or two outdoor cages during the pre-release phase. Incubators cost us about $700 each and outdoor cagings generally costs tens of thousands of dollars each.
And then we have the overhead of running our facility for things like phone bills....
We know and understand that everyone bringing an animal for care cannot afford to cover its full cost of care, but please consider the costs we incur and give what you are able to afford. And please understand why we need to ask for donations when we accept an animal from you.