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Wildwoods holds open house ahead of reopening

Updated: March 08, 2020 10:31 PM

Wildwoods Rehabilitation is opening again on March 21. To celebrate and take advantage of an animal-free facility, Wildwoods hosted an open house Sunday for a chance to see the facility.

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During normal operation with animals being cared for, the public is not allowed inside. Executive Director Jessica LaBumbard says it's important to keep boundaries between humans and animals during their rehabilitation. But there are currently no animals at the center, lending an opportunity for a teaching moment about what exactly Wildwoods does. 

"Education is a huge component of everything that we do, because we want to make sure that people don't erroneously take baby animals from their parents," says LaBumbard. "If you find a nest of baby birds, what should you do? How do you try to reunite the birds with their parents before bringing it into Wildwoods?" LaBumbard says spring is a busy season for Wildwoods, as animals come out of hibernation and embrace the warm weather. Wildwoods knows how important it is to teach the community about handling emergency animal situations.

The rehabilitation center is reopening again on March 21, after they had to suddenly stop caring for animals in October 2019. They now have a permit to resume operations, but with only 10 employees. That was set by the Minnesota DNR. Last year, Wildwoods cared for over 1,700 wild animals. LaBumbard is asking the DNR for an additional 20 employees to accommodate for the high demands of animal care. 

When operation resumes, the center will be open with new hours. Those are every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wildwoods asks that you bring animals to them during those hours only, as staff is limited.

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