1 Preserving Georgia’s Wildlife hrough Rehabilitation and Education and Habitat t Education and AWARE the only wildlife Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort Inc., also known as AWARE Wildlife Center, is rehabilitation center in the Atlanta metropolitan area and one of the few centers in Georgia that accepts all species of nati ve wildlife. AWARE About was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) non - profit organization. In 2006, AWARE leased a AWARE facility from DeKalb County and accepted its first wildlife patient. In 2013 alone, AWARE helped mor e animals from across Georgia. AWARE also partners with other than 1,300 sick, injured or orphaned ic with rehabilitators, wildlife centers, and animal control agencies to assist wildlife and assist the publ wildlife issues. AWARE is open to receive wildlife 365 days a year. Mission AWARE’s alues, and Vision , V AWARE is dedicated to preserving and restoring Georgia's native wildlife and habitat through education and rehabilitation. AWARE believes that peaceful coexistence between humans and wildlife is essential for our mutu al survival. AWARE partner s with non - profit and for - profit corporations in their effort s to promote green initiatives that protect our environment locally and globally. AWARE continues to build upon its reputation as a regional center of excellence for wil dlife rehabilitation and education. AWARE’s Goals Primary 1. – Inspire people, especially youth, to connect Education with and appreciate Georgia’s native wildlife through education programs. Emphasis is on programs at public and private schools and thro ugh various youth oriented - organizations. 2. Rehabilitation – Expand rehabilitation capabilities to accommodate more ill, injured and orphaned animals. Build more enclosures with more space in each enclosure. 3. Volunteers – Expand our current volunteer base and i ncrease volunteer retention.
2 The AWARE Team AWARE has 3 paid staff members and a dedicated corps of more than 60 volunteers. Our volunteers work a minimum 5 - hour shift once a week. AWARE Governance AWARE is governed by an active Board of Directors with ties to multiple sectors of the corporate community. How AWARE Benefits Wildlife majority of the AWARE helps wildlife in many ways. A animals we receive are treated and successfully returned to the wild. The process of helping a single animal fully recover may take weeks We provide quality or months and requires financial resources as well as dedicated volunteers. e veterinary care to each wild animal, and our staff has years of training in the treatment of wildlif Without AWARE’s intervent ion, most of these animals would die a slow, painful injuries. . death For example, we rescued an adult Canada goose with fishing line around its legs. The goose ’s mate was trying to care for it, but the goose was unable to walk or get food. We saved this goose ’s l ife but nothing prepared us for the joy of releasing it to the wild in the and back to its mate, who had waited for days. same spot for her Ca lls & Emails Answered - AWARE also answers approximately 10,000 phone calls and emails each year from people with wildlife questions , helping th em to understand, appreciate and coexist with wildlife. Several metropolitan Atlanta counties and animal control agencies routinely direct their wildlife calls to AWARE. Callers may have fears or concerns about an animal encounter or they may be unsure wha t to do about a sick animal. The wildlife that comes to AWARE is often injured or orphaned secondary to human activity so we try to help the public find ways to humanely deter unwanted wildlife from their property or to peacefull y coexist. We treat each ca ll as an opportunity to help people connect with the natural world. We estimate that thousands of animals have been saved through these interactions.
3 - A Leader in Wildlife Education Programs AWARE's educational programs encourage the public to become wildlife advocates. We offer outreach at sch ools, festivals, nature centers and community events. We also offer tours of the releasable native animals that suffered injuries severe enough to center. These programs feature non - prevent their release back to the wild. Program participants get a close l ook at these animals and learn about the important roles they play in the environment. The enthusiasm of children, in particular, is often viral. They share their excitement and newfound knowledge with other children and Please refer to our website at www.awarewildlife.org adults. ’ s education programs. for more information about AWARE - Teaching Peaceful Coexistence , private companies, and developers often Homeowners AWARE with questions about wildlife encroachment contact near subdivisions and other private property spaces where people live or work. AWARE has been a leader in providing fact - based information about these concerns either by phone, at local homeowners’ meetings, or via local government meetings. At AWARE, we care about wildlife but we also care For that reason, we strive to offer about providing an avenue for improved human health and safety. , other wildlife rehabilitators , and many solutions to address these concerns. Animal control agencies als o commonly reach out to us to aid them in their cause to help wildlife in need. licensed trappers We have provided this guidance in the past to all of these groups at no cost . In the immediate future, we plan to offer more formal training programs and seminars to address th e needs of these and other related groups. ies Our Facility and Capabilit AWARE’s Lithonia facility includes a building, outside amphitheater for education programs, and indoor and outdoor enclosures for exhibit and rehabilitation animals. The center encompasses seven acres next to Arabia Mountain in the heart of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Our facilities permit us to rehabilitate many different species of native animals throughout the year.
4 Financial Data For 2014, AWARE has an income budget of $159,600. Because of our 60+ hard working volunteers, we are a ble to hold down the cost of providing direct animal care. As a result, only 15% of the income budget goes to administrative costs and overhead (insurance, audit, etc.). The rest funds our wildlife rehabilitation and education efforts. For more information, please refer E’s to at www.awarewildlife.org . AWAR website The Future of AWARE facility and would AWARE Wildlife Center has outgrown its current a larger facility that offers more indoor and outdoor like to expand to space for wildlife rehabilitation and classrooms for educational programs. AWARE has the potential to become a dominant presence among wildlife rehabilitation centers in the Southeast Region with an ability to assist even more wildlife in need. What Your Contribution Means to AWARE A donation to AWARE identifies you as a serious investor in the future of Georgia’s environment. Your contribution, for example, would be credited with helping to ed ucate hundreds of curious school children or sav e the lives of dozens of wild animals. This legacy will reflect proudly on you come . Please refer to our website at www.awarewildlife.org for for years to donate to AWARE . opportunities to Contact AWARE We welcome the opportuni show you why you should ty to support AWARE. For more information, contact Executive Director Dr. Tarah Hadley ([email protected] ife.org) or Assistant Director Linda Potter ([email protected]) at 678 - 418 - 1111. We will be glad to tell you more about AWARE .
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