Mary Y.

St. Francis, WI
Nominated by Mary Cicotello

Volunteered for:

Wisconsin Humane Society

Length of Service:

35 hours per month for 30 years

March 1, 2014

Mary saw an ad in a local paper looking for volunteers to start up a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, back in 1982. She has volunteered for over 30 years, volunteering 32 plus hours monthly. More in Spring and Summer when rescues are at their highest. Last year she received the award for "Be Kind to Animals Week", and an award for 30 years of volunteering.

This impacts the Milwaukee area and the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Dept., which has grown from a small one room center in the basement of the old Humane Society to a whole new wing in the new building of the Wisconsin Humane Society. It cares for over 5,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals annually, nearly 150 different species.

Mary enjoys this because she is doing a service for wild animals as well as the community around her. People finding an injured or orphaned wild animal have a place to call to find out what to do to help the animal. A volunteer will then be sent out to rescue the animal if the caller cannot do so themselves, and bring it into the center for rehabilitation. She volunteers to be on call at anytime to go out on these rescues. This she has to do with her own car and gas, as this is a non profit organization.

Once at the center, the sick or injured animals need rehabilitation. Mary volunteers two 4 hours plus shifts a week feeding, cleaning cages and giving meds to these animals. She also drives these animals back to their location when they are ready for release.

She rescues ducklings that have fallen into sewer grates, while the mother duck stands nearby trying to call to her ducklings. Once out, they are reunited and sent on their way to a nearby pond or creek. She also helps mother ducks and their ducklings get out of courtyards to which they have no way out on their own. She helps baby raccoons get back up the tree to their mother, baby birds who have fallen out of their nests, injured hawks with injured wings who are unable to fly to the safety of a tree branch, and many other urban wildlife who encounter problems living in the city with people.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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