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Wildwoods Animal Rehab looking to expand facilities

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DULUTH,MN-- Wild animal rehab can be a lot of work and takes a lot of room.

Wildwoods animal rescue in Duluth is trying to expand its facilities.

And they need your help.

If these animals could talk they'd say thank you.

Jessica LaBumbard the Executive Director says, "When animals come to us we really need to destress them. So that means we need to put them in a quiet space where they're alone and they can just calm down."

But the current clinic space at the Wildwoods animal rescue just isn't doing the job anymore.

"Space is kind of small because we need to be able to have the animals distress. We need a place to quarantine animals if necessary. And we also need a place to have our diagnostic instruments," says LaBumbard.

So they are looking to expand into their basement.

As an organization that relies on public donations, they need your help to raise $8,500 dollars.

She says, "So we can waterproof our basement downstairs. And with interior waterproofing, we'll be able to move a lot of that of stuff downstairs."

Some animals require certain accommodations, such as being quarantined or making sure animals who prey on each other aren't in the same area.

In 2019, Wildwoods brought in more than 1, 700 animals for rehabilitation and this expansion will help even more.

LaBumbard says, "It's very touching when an orphan animal comes in and you watch it grow. And then you can watch the changes that happen in the animal itself as it becomes wilder. And it gets to the stage where it can be released, and sort of do what it's meant to do."

For more information on how to donate you can head to Wildwood's website here.

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Emma Quinn

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