Cheyenne Pet Clinic’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Program saves hundreds of wild animals every year
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Pet Clinic is a community jewel and a trusted veterinarian by many Cheyenne locals. But what some may not know, the Pet Clinic runs a Wildlife Rehabilitation Program to find and rehabilitate sick or injured wild animals.
The program has been around for decades, and has saved hundreds if not thousands of animals in the process. Last year alone, Cheyenne Pet Clinic rehabilitated 352 animals, according to Dr. Church, owner of Cheyenne Pet Clinic.
“We have a great staff who basically shares their time to rehabilitate these animals. We also, pre-COVID, used to do wildlife rehabilitation educational programs,” said Dr. Church.
Church said they usually take their raptors to schools to educate children on wildlife rehabilitation. He also said that they are looking forward to restarting their educational programs and seminars soon.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is the only wildlife rehabilitation program in Cheyenne, so they get several referrals, often from other parts of Wyoming. Church also said they work closely with the Raptor Center in Fort Collins.
Church said the educational programs are essential to informing the community on what to do if they find an injured or sick animal.
“Sometimes they are very badly injured; in that case, sometimes humane euthanasia is required. But other times, they are just orphaned and it just takes some TLC from our support staff, our technicians, to get them well so we can release them,” Church said.
He said they normally focus on raptor rehabilitation, but they also often rehabilitate rabbits, raccoons and robins. Right now, they have two hawks at the facility.
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