Non-profit rehab facility works to give Colorado Wildlife a second chance

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 11:33:59-04

The Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation facility is a nonprofit organization in Florence, Colorado.

The organization, run by Tom and Cecelia Sanders, has been donating their services to Colorado wildlife for the past 30 years. They receive no government funding and operate entirely on donations from the private sector. 

The facility accepts all species of wildlife native to Colorado, but in recent years their focus has been on large mammals like bear, deer and pronghorn. They are one of only three facilities in Colorado that deal with these large animals.

At the facility, animals receive care from veterinarians when when necessary, the best obtainable nutrition, and a quiet environment until they are healthy and mature enough to be released. Because excessive contact with people can lead to imprinting, the facility is not open to the public and human contact with animals is kept to a minimum.

The facility works closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. They are currently rehabbing 10 orphaned bear cubs for CPW, at their own expense.

If you would like to help Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation, you can send tax-deductible donations to 743 Crestview Dr., Florence, CO 81226. You can also contact the facility at (719) 784-3214.