WING IT in need of volunteers

posted May 6th, 2013 by
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I recently interviewed Dr. Shad Wilkerson of Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists for an upcoming article in Tulsa Pets Magazine. That day, Dr. Wilkerson was busy caring for a couple of possums. I’m not usually a fan, but these little guys were CUTE!

I had no idea, but apparently Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists is the only after-hours facility where people can bring injured wildlife.

“We don’t charge anything for any of this. It’s just something for the wildlife,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson and OVS coordinate with a group of rehabbers called WING IT, which is currently in need of volunteers.

“We are trying to find more rehabbers to help out because in the spring time, we just get flooded with babies,” Wilkerson said. “There has been a shortage of rehabbers, people moving or getting too busy. So there’s been a big push to try to find more rehabbers in Tulsa, people who are willing to do it.”

The group formed about a year ago, according to volunteer Kim Doner. It has since been taken on as a non-profit extension of the Tulsa Audubon Society.

WING IT does not receive any funding and there is no paid staff.

The group is looking to add volunteers who can commit various amounts of time to helping rehabilitate wildlife.

WING IT will provide training and supplies to those interested. It is also necessary for volunteers to be licensed through the Tulsa County Game Warden, Doner said.

“People often believe they need a lot of room at home or that the commitment is to create your own zoo,” Doner said. “These are misconceptions.”

A rehabber only needs a countertop or closet floor area to take in baby bunnies, the most common mammal to be brought to the group. And they grow really fast, sometimes in a matter of days or more commonly a few weeks, says Doner.

“But the most important thing rehabbers do is release healthy, prepared animals when they can be on their own,” Doner said. “It’s not just the law, it’s the right thing to do.”

For those who do not have the time to volunteer, donations are always appreciated.

For more information on volunteering or donating, visit the WING IT page on Facebook or wingintulsa.org.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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