Its time again for my regularly scheduled beg for money. We are well past the time of being comfortable with the future of the ranch. The property we found that would work for us would take less than $50,000 to give us a fresh new start. Unfortuately, it appears that I cannot find a way to get that property to finance, and no one has offered to purchase it in cash and donate it or owner finance it to us ha ha.
I also haven’t had any luck finding another suitable property for a price affordable for our 501(c)3. We have discussed a solution that may work for us, but it will cost us about $10,000 minimally. We don’t even come close to having that kind of money available. If anyone out there can help us out, please contact me. In order to stay afloat, we will need a serious injection of cash at this point. As with every 501(c)3, we can provide some serious tax write offs, but in these times when people care less about the natural world, and more about their own families, it is really tough to find people who are willing and able to help wildlife organizations like our own.
Even Wild Care (that has been serving the metroplex for 27 years) announced recently that they will be closing their doors. More and more wildlife organizations are struggling or closing their doors.
As more and more of these big organizations close their doors, the stress on the remaining orgainzations increases. This is only the beginning of the problem. The work that we do goes largely unpaid. Wildlife trappers are the only other option, and they charge a ton of money for what they do. Generally, they may charge $1500 to trap, and then turn around and pawn the animal off on a center like ours, without so much as sharing a dollar. They get the better end of the deal. They drop the animal off on us, and we incure the expense of keeping it. Infact, some trappers wish that we would close our doors. If people do not have a place to bring the animals themselves (free of charge), they end up having to pay the trappers to take them.
But. What happens when there aren’t any centers for the animals to go to? Are the trappers going to keep and rehabilitate these animals? Doubtful. Rehab is not cheap……
Even if by some incredible chance, we find that donor willing to buy the property in cash and owner finance it or donate it to us, or lease it to us for a dollar a month, we still need caging. It will run us around $5,000-$10,000. It looks bleek for us. We were supposed to already be settled by this point.