Raise the Roof!

One of Sarvey's many junior clients. Daniel Houghton/The Seattle Times.
One of Sarvey’s many junior clients. Daniel Houghton/The Seattle Times.

The Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, Washington desperately needs new roofs on some of their buildings. Their September newsletter said:

Raftors for Raptors
(or Raccoons, Rabbits, Rock Doves, Robins…. Take your pick)

Many of you already generously give monthly or annually to help with the medical or supportive needs of our patients. In order to keep up that unique work in a safe and secure setting, we now must replaces the roofs on 2 of our 5 structures. Over the past 3 decades, we have grown to occupy a 5-acre site with several buildings. We are lucky enough to own our land and structures, but this does mean we are responsible for our own maintenance.

Our foundation is strong and we have decades of service to both the community and our wildlife patients. Your special donation to help fund this construction project will insure we have a roof over our heads – literally – to continue the mission we strive to fulfill.

This is one of the old roofs we must replace. Inside damage to ceilings from the leaking roof.

OUR GOAL IS $20,000 in 20 DAYS.

Please help us make this project possible.


Twenty days might have passed since that was published, but according to their director, they will continue raising funds until they get the new roofs. Sarvey is privately funded, yet they constantly take in birds and animals from both the government sector as well as private citizens.

During my many years as a government employee, I’ve felt that Sarvey is treated like a public agency, as if they’re wildlife animal control, but not funded like one. In contrast, taxpayer-funded agencies exist to provide services for domestic animals.

The Sarvey Wildlife Center has been struggling in recent years and could use your financial support or volunteer time regardless of the condition of their roofs. Being at the Center is an amazing experience– the first time I brought an injured bird there, a volunteer met me with a baby raccoon in her arms who was hungrily guzzling from a bottle.

Sarvey has birds, bears, deer, raptors, squirrels– the sheer range of creatures they rehabilitate and release is astounding. No patient is too little or too big or too insignificant. They helped nearly 3000 wildlife patients in 2013 and patients will continue to pour in.

Don’t forget that Sarvey can accept fresh deer meat (roadkill) to feed their flocks with as well. Feel free to donate to Sarvey today. Help make a different for our furry and feathered neighbors who are so important to our ecosystem and increasingly endangered by our bad habits and sprawl.


A squirrel leaping from bough to bough, and making the wood but one wide tree for his pleasure, fills the eye not less than a lion– is beautiful, self-sufficing, and stands then and there for nature. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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