SWCC needs emergency funds after storms cause severe damage

Recent Scottsdale snowstorm damages Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. (Submitted photo)

Emergency financial help is needed after recent winter storms caused severe damage to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

The winter storm dumped 10 inches of snow on the local wildlife refuge near 156th Street and Rio Verde Drive, adjacent to Scottsdale, according to a press release, noting damage to roofs and at least 10 enclosures that collapsed.

Many of the enclosures housing wolves, bob cats, and coyotes were completely destroyed. The weather also caused numerous pipes to burst at the refuge for native wild animals that are rehabilitated and released back to the wild, if possible, according to the release.

While no animals were hurt, the damage is severe and repairs to properly house them will cost at least $50,000, the release said. The SWCC, which relies on donations and grants, seeks emergency funds to make needed repairs.

“We have weathered many storms in the past to protect our critters but I never thought we would be contending with a snowstorm. We must make these repairs and I hope the community will step forward as they have done before,” SWCC Founder and Executive Director Linda Searles said in a prepared statement.

Established in 1994, the SWCC rescues and rehabilitates injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife. Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild, the release detailed. Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild.

The release added that educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine. Wildlife education includes advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.

For more information or to donate go to: southwestwildlife.org.

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