San Antonio nonprofit requests donations to feed, care for orphaned wildlife

Organization spends approximately $600,000 each year to feed the animals

SAN ANTONIO – Animals left orphaned or injured by city life end up in James Martínez’s office at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc. daily.

Martinez is the executive director at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc., a local nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates native Texas wildlife.

“We see songbirds, baby raccoons, opossums, baby skunks. It’s just all around — it’s the most busiest time of the year,” Martinez said.

The nonprofit has an office in San Antonio and a center in Kendalia. This spring, they saw over 100 orphaned opossums and 200 baby squirrels.

“Because it’s baby season, we are asking for cotton ball donations, heating pads, and then dry dog food donations as well,” Martinez said.

The organization spends about $600,000 to feed the animals each year.

Martinez said people are often eager to help wild animals they find, but he urges those who find them to call their wildlife hotline at 830-336-2725 before removing the animal.

Martinez said most of the time, their mothers will return to find those animals.

“If it’s clearly injured, definitely bring the animal to us,” he said.


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