Cape Wildlife Center to continue operations for extended period in streamlined form
(Nov. 11, 2016) – Cape Wildlife Center will continue operations through March 1 due to a partnership between The Humane Society of the United States and The Pegasus Foundation. The extension will provide additional time for residents and other interested parties to develop a long-term plan to provide continued service to injured wildlife on the Cape. The Pegasus Foundation is an animal-welfare-oriented charity that is partially supported by long-time advocate and philanthropist Barbara Birdsey.
The HSUS and its affiliate The Fund for Animals were set to close the center on Nov. 18, but this extension for wildlife-care operations will allow continued help for animals over the winter months. It will also allow like-minded agencies to work together to develop a plan for continued wildlife rehabilitation services on Cape Cod. Input is being solicited from organizations including The New England Wildlife Center, IFAW, Tufts University Wild Care and other potential stakeholders.
Through March 1, Cape Wildlife Center will operate on a limited scale to provide emergency care and rehabilitation services for animals in need. The center will depend on experienced and trained volunteers to augment the core staff who will remain.
“I’m immensely grateful to Barbara Birdsey and others for stepping up and allowing Cape Wildlife Center to operate during the winter months, albeit in a streamlined manner,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “We’ve always believed in the extraordinary work of the center, but just haven’t been able to get enough people to invest in this life-saving work. Maybe that changes starting today.”