Letter to the Editor:
After 16 years, The Humane Society made an abrupt decision to close The Cape Wildlife Center located in Barnstable, MA. This decision will leave a immense hole in a community that truly has a need for it. The Cape Wildlife Center took in 2,500 animals yearly from Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and some off Cape towns. In addition, they worked with the public through education to resolve human-wildlife conflicts and ensured the best for every animal. The Cape Wildlife Center specialized in rabies vector species (Bats, Raccoons, Foxes, Coyotes, Fishers, Otters, Skunks, Woodchucks). With the Cape Wildlife Center closing, what will happen to those animals in need? Most animals treated were a result of human interaction, ie car collisions, poisoning, entanglement, what will happen to those animals in the future? We are setting up our community and our animals for failure.
I am one of the many dedicated volunteers that helped the Cape Wildlife Center function and along with other members of the community will be holding a public meeting to discuss the future of wildlife rehabilitation on Cape Cod. We are hoping to move forward as a independent wildlife rehabilitation separate of the Humane Society and continue our lifesaving work. The meeting will be held on November 13, 2016, at 2:00pm in the Lecture Hall A at the Cape Cod Community College located on 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668. Your support raising awareness in our community would be invaluable. Please join us in saving the future animals of Cape Cod.