A few months back now I wrote a blog about a wildlife rescue looking for hand knit or crocheted nests for small animals who had been abandoned for some reason. Recently my cousin Karen pointed me to another organization looking to provide rescue nests for wildlife rescues around the world. I was so excited about this project I couldn't wait to share!
Some of you know how much I love the little animals that live around my home. I live in the Northern Adirondack region of New York State and of course we get some pretty spectacular animals. We get many orphaned animals due to various reasons. The founder of Wildlife Rescue Nests is Katie here's what she says about their work "This is a NON-PROFIT project, all nests are made by volunteers and are donated to Rescue Centres around the world. I started a Facebook page in the winter of 2013 in the hopes of building a network of people to help supply nests to wildlife rescue centres all over Ontario, Canada and it has really taken off and we are now providing nests to over 280 wildlife rescues in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica. (Mailing list of rescues registered with us can be found at the top of this page) It is very rewarding to help in some small way with all of the great work these wildlife rescue centres do. All of the nests and postage needed to send are considered donations and all that is asked in return is that they snap some photos of the nests being used, so I can share the photos to promote more crocheters/knitters to get involved and donate nests to their local wildlife rescue centres.
http://wildliferescuenests.weebly.com/ Wow to start with an idea and have it grow like that must be incredibly gratifying! I am hoping my readers will help spread the love!
The wildlife nests help rescue/rehabilitation organizations take care of orphaned animals by keeping them in a safe, warm, clean environment which can be washed to prevent disease. All babies need to be kept warm and free from infection :). Those of us who knit or crochet can provide these little nests or cave nests (for animals who burrow). Wildlife Rescue Nests has an extensive list of organizations requiring the help of "nest makers". However, there are a few steps that must be taken first. These are listed on the home page http://wildliferescuenests.weebly.com/. Please kindly follow the steps because this helps keep a tally of who is actually participating in the group. The requirements are part of running a long term, active, voluntary organization that is world wide.
Why the nests? I think most of us who knit or crochet have scraps of acrylic yarn that need a home. Helping rescue organizations just provides us with a super cute way to use those scraps :) Patterns are provided along with videos on how to create the perfect cave. If you click the pattern page link: http://wildliferescuenests.weebly.com/patterns.html you can see the nests or caves in action. SO CUTE! I think you'll agree that a a little time and a few scraps of yarn really work up to being an adorable home for a baby animal. The Humane Society from which we adopted our dog provided a home for everything from ferrets to a pot bellied pig. The small nests would make a great take along project!
If you don't knit or crochet you can STILL help. Wildlife Rescue Nests has a store where purchases can be made to help defray the costs of yarn and shipping. The organization does help with yarn and shipping costs when necessary. However, if you undertake to help WRN you should understand that shipping costs would be part of the donation.
The folks at WRN disseminates most of its information to volunteers through their Facebook page. Its updated nearly constantly through the day with pictures of rescues and rehabilitators working with their little charges. Its really a fun page and of course volunteering is always rewarding. I am sure there are plenty of ways my readers can find to help out! 4-H? Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts? Knitting clubs? I'm sure that WRN would be so pleased to have help but remember, follow the requirements!
I've talked a bit about our local wildlife. Here are a few slides to bring home why we need Wildlife Rescue Nests.
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