Jan, Out-Shelter Manager
Photo by Marjorie Davis
|Fawn Rescue is operated entirely by volunteers who donate their time, skills
and energy for wildlife education, rescue driving, and raising fawns. This is
highly specialized volunteer work. It takes an inner-strength to work with
these fragile, extremely sensitive wild creatures. While there are no salaried
positions, the rewards are many. The pure joy
of watching these healthy and alert wild creatures bounding away to freedom is
payment enough for the hard work and heartache that is a large part of what we
Over the years Fawn Rescue has developed ideal methods for rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing fawns. Drivers are trained to evaluate the condition of the fawn at the site. They are then assigned by day, or by area, to respond to emergency calls from all corners of Sonoma County. These young animals are transported back to Fawn Rescue for care. This involves many hours, and many miles, of driving. Rescue work also requires a special person who is emotionally able to deal with the many badly injured animals we encounter.
The rescued fawn is stabilized at the Fawn Rescue facility before being transferred to one of our out-shelters. Each of these out-shelter managers are homeowners living in a remote areas throughout the county. The managers are skilled, committed volunteers who work individually with these delicate young animals. Each manager takes complete responsibility for usually no more than four fawns. In order to keep the fawns completely wild, they are exposed to only one human during their four month stay in captivity. Our volunteers assume the responsibility of bottle-feeding our very young fawns as often as three times per day, then weaning them as they mature. Since the fawns quickly devour any growing plants within the pen, fresh, natural deer browse must be gathered daily for this thriving herd. This is no small job. During the time the fawns are being fed, they are observed for any sign of illness, or injury, and, if necessary, removed at once from the herd. Having these animals close to home is more convenient for the caregiver and it provides the animals with total protection at all times. One person having complete control of the fawn's well-being keeps the responsibility on a personal basis and is better guaranteed. An out-shelter manager has a more complete knowledge of each individual fawn being raised there. Once the fawns are weaned, recognize their natural foods, and are prepared to survive in the wild, the gate is opened and they are free to adjust, as a small family, in the surrounding, familiar territory. This unique and proven method prevents stress to both the animals and to us.
Free wildlife talks are offered by our highly knowledgeable and environmentally aware education director. These talks are centered around a collection of ten native, mounted wildlife. Detailed information about the habitat, diet, and special characteristics of each animal is presented in our Sonoma County classrooms. These animals, housed in heavy cases, must be moved to each new location. So physical work and many hours of time, as well as teaching skills, are required for this volunteer work.
We are grateful to Fawn Rescue's dedicated volunteers who make our unique and ideal method work so perfectly.
WHAT IS A VOLUNTEER?
They are the adhesive that welds Fawn Rescue together seven days a week, year after year.
Fawn Rescue thrives and constantlyimproves our service to the community because of this freely given generosity.
We need help with many types of work. We will supply you with more detailed information if you are interested in any particular item. Some items are flexible regarding days, hours and areas.
EDUCATION OUTREACH - *** Julie
MEMBERSHIP - ***Kathy A.
NEWSLETTER Mailout Coordinator - Yearly newsletter - Recruit volunteer help for mailing. Assemble, prepare mailings. Group effort, notify volunteers when needed.
FAWN MANUAL Manager - ***Sue W.
OFFICE JOBS - Folding brochures, etc. when needed
PUBLIC SPECIAL EVENTS and Fund-Raising Coordinator - Take chargeof events. Find location and arrange details, assemble displays, simple refreshments, recruit volunteers. Group effort, notify volunteers when needed.
FUNDRAISING - GRANT WRITERS
HANDYMAN HELPERS - Small occasionalodd jobs needing workers. Repair, locate and transport equipment or supplies, help set up fawn enclosures.