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Friday, October 30, 2009

Our bat program...

was a big success! Thank you to everyone who came out to see the program and meet our little bat friends. It was a pleasure to meet you!

We hope you enjoy your Halloween. Thanks for all you do!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't forget tomorrow's program

Tomorrow evening we are holding a very special presentation about the bats of Nebraska: The Amazing World of Bats! Please join us tomorrow, October 28th at 6 PM in the auditorium of the Nebraska Humane Society at 90th and Fort. This program will help dispel myths about bats as well as build an understanding of these wonderful, intelligent little creatures. You might even get to meet a real bat, and just in time for Halloween! This family-friendly program is free to the public, although good-will donations are definitely appreciated.

Thanks for your support, and hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Community Support Day was a smashing success!

Thanks to all of you who came to Nebraska Furniture Mart in support of NWRI this weekend, we absolutely destroyed our goal ($1000) and raised over $2100! This will set us up beautifully for the winter. Thank you so much!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Update on our Nova

Sorry for the delay in getting this update on Nova out to everyone!  The following is from Laura Stastny, our wildlife extraordinaire and tireless volunteer. She drove Nova to his new home at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, and here is the story of their trip. 

The trip out to Colorado in September was uneventful.  I have to say, Nova was a better travel companion than either of my dogs - quiet and surprisingly not too smelly!  We made it to Keenesburg in about 7 hours and upon arrival, were greeted warmly by Toni and Pat at the Wild Animal Sanctuary.  Once I was on the property, I knew we had made the right decision for Nova.  The enclosures out there are spacious and well-designed, and everything about the staff was warm and professional.  From their well thought-out site plan, to their diet and animal behavior knowledge, I was reassured that not only could they properly integrate our blind fox into a family group with their other two foxes, but that they would ensure that it was done correctly.  I was given a tour of the facility, and had the pleasure of meeting the resident foxes, a black and white tree fox and a red fox.  Both foxes are young, and were most happy to see the dogs that travelled with us in the truck out to their enclosure.  The behavior of the foxes made it clear that they would eventually accept another into their “pack.”  I thought that leaving Nova would be sad, as we have all grown quite attached to him.  But I have to say that I honestly never looked back, because I left knowing that he had found the best home a blind fox could hope for, with space, company of his own kind, and security for the rest of his life.

In the past few weeks, I have received an update on Nova’s condition.  His one eye continued to cause problems, and a veterinary opthalmologist in Denver made the decision to remove both of his eyes.  Because Nova’s eyesight was already gone, this procedure did not harm him in any way, and in fact eliminated the chances of pain or infection in his eyes in the future.  Nova continues to stay in an enclosure of his own, but I am happy to report that he talks to the other foxes, and they talk back, and they all seem to enjoy the conversation.  As soon as he has healed 100% from the surgery, he will be integrated into their enclosure to complete the family unit.  Pat Craig, the executive director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary also e-mailed me this:  
 “He has really blossomed now that he doesn’t have the physical issues any more.  The other day he took his meat and buried it under the wood chips, and spent quite a bit of time making sure he did a perfect job of hiding it… then a minute later came back over by the meat and acted like he was staring at the area where it was buried – perked his ears up – and then leaped into the air and dove nose first into the wood chips as if he was catching a mouse tunneling underground (or under snow), like foxes do.  He was having a ball playing his stalking and pouncing game – as he did it a few times over again.”  

We’ll let you know when Nova finally makes it into the enclosure with his new friends, and post some updated photos as we get them.  

In the interim, don’t forget to join us this Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 PM in the Nebraska Humane Society auditorium at 90th and Fort in Omaha for a presentation about the amazing bats of Nebraska and the world!  See you there!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Amazing World of Bats

We have another upcoming event to announce: The Amazing World of Bats, a presentation about the bats of Nebraska....and just in time for Halloween! Join us on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 6 PM in the auditorium at the Nebraska Humane Society on 90th and Fort in Omaha. This program will help dispel myths and build understanding of these delightful animals. You might even get to meet a real bat! This program is suitable for the entire family and is free to the public. Goodwill donations are appreciated, to benefit NWRI's efforts in our community! 

Once again, thank you for all your support!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Community Support Day

Hello fellow wildlife-lovers, 

Community Support Day is coming up at Nebraska Furniture Mart on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Nebraska Wildlife Rehab has a table, and we're hoping to raise some serious cash to help with our winter expenses. To help NWRI raise money through this event, here’s what we ask:

Buy a coupon book from NWRI for $10.  NWRI keeps your donation, and you get a coupon from The Mart for $10 off a $10 purchase to use on the 24th!  This means that you donate your money to a great cause, and get the same amount back on your purchase from The Mart!  There are also tons of other great coupons in the book, including one for 10% Off  Your Total Furniture Purchase, a Free Standard Bed Frame with a Mattress Set Purchase of $499 and up, and 60% Off Any In-Stock Area Rug Purchase.  There are also some Hot Buys, like $6.99 For a Ronco 6-piece Steak Knife Set, 20% Off Any Table or Floor Lamp, and $9.99 for a 5' x 7' Carpet (Area Rug).
To buy a book, call or e-mail Laura (960-4366 or lastastny@yahoo.com ) or Kaci (926-9008 or kaci.caldwell@nfm.com ) and we’ll get one (or many!) to you ASAP!  This is a fantastic way to donate to NWRI and get something in return.  Our goal is to sell at least 100 coupon books in the next two weeks.  Please help!

Thanks for all you do. :D 
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