It's been a great year for the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary. The animal rescue group is well-known around the state, and even the country, for taking in injured or special needs wildlife. The sanctuary has been able to provide excellent care for many animals, and saved so many from being put down. Owner Roberta Kirshner took over the sanctuary a year after her son Barry passed away in 1994. She says her son wanted to spend his life helping special needs children and animals, so she's made it her mission to keep his vision alive.
The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is looking for sponsors for 2014. Roberta Kirshner says the center couldn't run without the generous donations it receives, or the hard work of volunteers and veterinarians. But they still need sponsors for dozens of animals for the upcoming year. The facility takes in animals that would likely be put down, because of rehab and care costs. They boast many success stories, but caring for sick or injured animals is expensive. Right now, they're trying to build an enclosure to give the big cats, lemurs, bears, and other wildlife room to run. Chico State students built a large pond on the property, so once a fence is built, the animals will be able to take a dip in the water. If you have building materials like plywood or wood shavings, they would appreciate any size donation. Also, around 40 animals need sponsorship. Depending on the size of the animal, sponsorship for one year costs between $100 to $2,000 a year. For more information, contact the sanctuary:
Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
4995 Durham-Pentz Rd, Oroville, CA 95965
Hours: Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm