Their main source of income for the last few years has been an annual event. An epic event! A high class auction, a "Call to the Wild."
Basically, it runs like any other auction: people get dressed up, sit around tables, in a huge dinning room, eating a delicious dinner and bid on items. The only difference is, here, all the auction items were donated, a red-tailed hawk greeted you at the entrance, and all the money involved went directly to the shelter.
Meet Yukon, the shelter's Red-tailed Hawk
It may seem crazy but running a shelter is expensive. Just to keep a bunny or small bird alive costs about $50 a week, whereas an eagle costs upwards of $200. Keep that in mind when you think that every Tuesday I see and take care of our residents which currently is made up of 4 bald eagles, 3 owls (one an abandoned baby), 1 hawk, 3 baby raccoons, 4 juvenile squirrels, 1 kit red fox, 2 opossums , 4 little bunnies, 1 pigeon, 1 mallard duckling, 1 junco, and a mink AND CHANGING DAILY! Just wait till baby season (starting in late Spring)! Usually there are upwards of 50 baby racoons, opossums, squirrels, and chipmunks, who all need to be tube/bottle fed 3-5 times a day!
This eagle's wing had to be pinned and set.
This is my mink! The first day I took care of her she escaped TWICE! But I got her! She's missing her two canines on the right side of her mouth.
If your interested in helping out at the shelter, giving a donation or participating in next years auction, please visit their website at: http://www.westsoundwildlife.org/