BORN TO BE
A PUBLICATION OF “ANIMAL REHABILITATORS of the CAROLINAS”
A Letter from ARC’s President
Nancy DeVries To: All the supporters of the Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas,
1st Vice President:
It is hard to believe that Spring has arrived in the Carolinas. A Carolina
Wren has just finished building a nest in a wreath by my front door. A pair of
2nd Vice President: Carolina Chickadees are busy zipping in and out of a nest box in my side yard.
Michele Chadwick Baby squirrels are already coming in and it won't be long before we start receiv-
ing baby opposums and bunnies. Ready or not, here comes Spring.
Before it gets too busy, I want to thank all of you who so generously con-
tributed to ARC in the past year. Without your support, we could not purchase
the milk replacers and do the number of baby animals that we do. Each year the
Toni O’Neil number of animals we receive increases as more and more people hear about
ARC. This makes your continued support and generosity all the more important.
We would like to
Thank you once again, and enjoy the Spring.
take this opportu-
nity to again thank
the following peo-
for their donations.
Without your con-
ARC could not ex-
ist. Nancy DeVries
President of ARC
A LETTER FROM ARC’S NEW PRESIDENT 1
Edna Bowers A CHIP OFF THE OLE BLOCK 2
CONTENTED CATS—SAFE WILDLIFE 3
Cadmus, Inc 4TH ANNUAL HIGHLAND CREEK RUN 4
YOPLAIT YOGURT CONTAINER TRAGEDIES 5
(continued next page)
WILDLIFE AS PETS? / ARC FINANCIAL REPORT 6
WHAT IS ARC? / STATISTICS FOR 1997 7
ORDER FORM FOR NOTE CARDS, TEE SHIRTS, ETC 8
WHO DO YOU TRUST? 9
vorite spot was in the break room. Freddie Canas
(Isn't that everyone's favorite place at
work)? Peanut butter would be the Charlotte Jr. Woman's
main course and the trap would be League
set after the store closed. He had
Dr. Carl Cornell
been in the break room all day so the
boy was pretty hungry and sometime Paula Davis
during the night the trap door closed
behind him. Barbara Dempsey
He was a juvenile and rather
small for his age, possibly due to Tom & Nancy DeVries
poor nutrition…(he thought he was
A Chip off the Ole eating like a king). Jeffrey was
moved far away from the traffic of a
Block mall, into the country where some
female chipmunks had previously Frame,Frames,Frames
By Rebecca Russell
been released. A rehabilitator was
He was used to the finest... anxiously awaiting a male to release
Whitman’s, Russell Stover and yes… with the others so that they might Linda Hauser
Godiva. Living a life of luxury! Eating, form a colony. Jeffrey had some
sleeping and drinking when he problems becoming accustomed to a James Hobbs
wanted to without a care in the world. regular chipmunk diet but eventually
he realized that his bon-bon days Ed & Debby Hohman
That is until one day—"There's a
mouse in the store!" a customer had come to an end...and maybe
screamed. "I beg your pardon...a nuts and rodent block weren't so bad.
mouse? Rodent, yes… mouse, no! After all, he now had girlfriends to Jim & Pat Isaacs
I'm Jeffrey, and I’m a chipmunk if you impress and a body to build.
please. I didn't get these stripes for Jeffrey has been spotted and Andrea Lambert
nothin’". Yes, “Jeffrey”, as the em- is doing quite well away from the
Julie & Todd Layman
ployees called him, had taken up lights of the city. Is Jeffrey a chip off
housekeeping in the store, coming the old block… displaced by all the Russell Lookadoo
and going as he pleased. The man- development and construction? It is
ager and employees had fallen in hard to say for sure, but one does Mainline Hair Salon
love with him (hence the name Jef- have to wonder. When the trees are
cut and the asphalt is laid, where do Jacquelin Magni
frey), but since the store was no
place for a chipmunk with a rather the inhabitants go? Who is responsi-
expensive appetite, it was time for ble for their well being? The answer
Jeffrey to go! is you, me…us. It is important to re- Theresa Moer
Enter the ARC. Jeffrey just member that they were here first and
happened to cross the path of an have no voice...but you do! Ask de- Jane McGregor
ARC member concerned for his well velopers what happens to these ani-
mals… what happens to their nests Dr. Myra Preston
being, who wanted to insure that he
was humanely treated, caught and and babies when they lose their
properly released. The manager was homes? Show some concern… and
relieved for the help and receptive to remember Jeffrey's story. You can Joanne Schwenke
placing a live trap. Employees re- make a difference.
sponded with "You're not going to
hurt him are you"? They were used to
sharing their lunches with him, or let's (continued next page)
just say they didn't mind him snatch- Girl Scout Troop # 241
ing a few things here and there.
Girl Scout Troop #431
It was a cinch… Jeffrey’s fa-
Sylvia & Jud Self
Contented Cats/Safe Wildlife
Kelly Williams By Wendy Green
Woodberry Forest Gar-
den Club I’m a cat lover. There’s no more soothing sound
than the deep purr of a contented cat.
J. D. Wright So what is the common bond between Wendy, the cat lover, & Wendy, the wild-
life rehabilitator? BIRDS!
Also, thanks to the As a cat owner, I take the responsibility seriously. I have my cats vaccinated,
following for donations neutered, spayed & I keep them confined.
of animal food and It is estimated that there are nearly 60 million cats in the US and more then half
caging items: of them are outdoors. Some of these cats are household pets, but many are feral felines.
Do you know what that means to the bird population? Nearly four to five million (yes,
million) songbirds are killed every day by these outdoor cats.
What can we, as cat owners and lovers, do to help the songbird population?
Tom Van Beek - 2
1. Spay or neuter your cat.
playpens for birds
Just check your county animal control statistics and they’ll prove to you
that the over-population of cats (and dogs) is at an all-time high. Birds
Pat & Jim Isaacs - copy
paper for public news-
are being sacrificed needlessly because of too may cats.
letter 2. Keep your cat confined.
If you think your cat must have a daily dose of the great outdoors, then
Dr. Myra Preston - use screen in a porch or build a run or outdoor cage. Cats do well in these
of copy machine for types of settings. I’ve tried both the porch and cage situations with great
Public Newsletter success.
Now, how about some helpful tips when you have no control of the neighborhood cats
Jim McHale/ Moun- and you want to encourage birds to your yard.
tain Island Lake True 1. Provide escape cover such as dense thorny shrubbery or brush around
Value Hardware - Dog feeding areas and birdbaths. Be sure to keep the ground area clear though
food so cats can’t hide. What you’re trying to do is give the birds a place where
they can fly to safety.
Dr Russell Breckwoldt 2. Erect a 2-foot tall chicken wire “basket” around the feeding station.
– various Sterile Fluids 3. Use a hanging birdbath instead of one located on the ground. Again be sure
there are many small branches nearby so birds have a safe location in
Bill Charlesworth- which to finish drying.
cage building 4. Erect a wooden privacy fence around your birding area. Many cats aren’t
comfortable going into a strange confined area.
Jackie Ratcliffe - 5. The best thing you can do is educate your cat owning friends and neighbors
aquariums, cages and
to the devastation cats are having on America’s birds & wildlife.
Wendy comes to us from the cold of Logan, OH
and has been rehabilitating Opossums and song-
Mr. Walker - 2 small birds with Hocking Valley Wildlife Center for the
cages last 3 years. She and her family have moved to
the Kings Mountain area and will join ARC in pro-
tecting & raising our local Wildlife.
Quality Maps, Inc -
laminated maps for
For some people, “Getting Involved” could be
as simple as writing a check. If you want to
help care for wildlife but do not have the time
to rehab, please consider that ARC is a non-
profit organization that receives no Federal,
State, City or County funding. It is manned
entirely by volunteers. All contributions are
4thAnnual Highland Creek 1 Mile Classic Run Highland Creek, and co-worker of Jeff’s) for think-
Benefits ARC ing of ARC when planning this event. This money
by Michele Chadwick
will be used for supplies to care for area or-
phaned, injured, & sick wildlife.
The Hot Chili Running Club of Charlotte spon-
sored the following races in the Highland Creek
neighborhood on October 5: Tot Trot, Youth 1-Mile
Race, and a 5K Race. The 5K course went
through the neighborhood, starting and ending at
one of the swimming pool areas. ARC members
Jeff & Michele Chadwick, Kim Phillips, and volun-
teer, Myra Preston assisted with water stations,
and directions on the course. An ARC display
was set up for viewing, and brochures were of-
fered to all interested in our cause.
During the awards ceremony that followed the
races, a check was presented to Jeff and Michele
Chadwick for The ARC. This check was a portion
of the registration fees from the participating run-
ners. After the race and ceremony, all were in-
vited to stay for music in the park.
Our thanks to The Hot Chili Running Club for
donating a portion of their proceeds - $150.00 - to
ARC. And thanks to Tammy Hovik (the president
of the Hot Chile Running Club and race director of Michele and Jeff Chadwick receiving check fromTammy Hovik.
The 1 Mile Classic Run and Hot Chile 5K race in
ARC Wish List
Airline type pet kennels - all sizes Aquariums - not necessarily water tight Clorox,
anti-bacterial soaps Printing supplies
Hermit crab plastic containers - (crab boxes) Side cage mount hanging water bottles
Weighted feeding bowls Cloth baby diapers
Flannel receiving blankets Stainless steel pots and pans
Treated lumber Chain-link dog runs
Heating pads - must function on low Kitten/puppy chow
Tegaderm (a type of bandage) Unscented cat litter (clay)
1/4” x 1/4”, or 1/2” x 1/2”, or 1” x 1/2” or 1” x 2” welded wire (hardware cloth)
“Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; The earth has received the embraces of the sun and we
shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is
through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors,
even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.”
Yoplait Containers a Problem
www.api4animals.org. (Animal Protection Institute)
The letter below explains the problem encountered because of the shape of Yoplait containers. Not only
is this affecting wildlife, but kittens & puppies are being found which are having this same problem. It is
hard to imagine a worse death than suffocation or starvation.
What you can do to help this situation:
1. Rinse & cut down the sides before tossing the containers
2. Write, call or e-mail a copy of the letter
Fax 612 540-4925, Phone 1 800 967-5248, Email Yoplait@cis.compuserve.com
Mr. Steve Sanger
General Mills Incorporated
P.O. Box 1113
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Dear Mr. Sanger,
I am writing to convey what many wildlife advocates and rehabilitation or-
ganizations see as a serious problem with the shape of your Yoplait yogurt containers.
Many animal control officers and wildlife rehabilitators have expressed concern regarding Yoplait yogurt
container’s impact on wildlife. The current design of Yoplait containers, with its narrow top and wide bot-
tom, is such that certain species of wildlife have been found to get their heads stuck in the container and
are suffocating to death as a result. This appears to happen primarily with juvenile skunks and raccoons
and ostensibly as a result of these animals attempting to retrieve any uneaten yogurt at the bottom of
the container. For some reason this problem is only occurring with Yoplait yogurt containers. Clearly the
shape of the containers is such that it makes it impossible for a juvenile wild animal to remove its head
before suffocating to death.
One animal control officer in California in a recent letter to the Animal Protection Institute wrote, “I have
worked in dispatch communications for animal control since 1992, and have had numerous calls from
citizens of young wildlife getting their heads stuck inside Yoplait containers since they are so narrow at
the top. These are the only containers we have found causing problems. Last week, we had three juve-
nile skunks that officers had to rescue. It is quite a tug to get the container off; many have suffocated this
way. We have seen as many as 5 in one week in the San Mateo County California area. Our previous
Captain had written to Yoplait years ago, but nothing was changed.”
When a staff member at the Animal Protection Institute recently contacted your company, she was told
that your company is aware of the problem and has “known about the problem for years” but has re-
fused to do anything about it.
I urge you, as President of General Mills, to take this issue seriously and to respond to the public’s con-
cerns with concrete action. A slight change in the Yoplait container design could easily rectify this prob-
lem without jeopardizing the brand recognition of the product. As a national corporation, General Mills
has a responsibility to respond to the public’s concerns about the safety and environmental impacts of
your products. Please ensure that this problem is addressed as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking my concern into consideration. I look forward to receiving a response from you
about this important issue.
Health Risks Associated with animal for a pet, ask yourself these questions:
Wildlife as Pets 1. Is what I am doing legal?
TDPH, Jan, 1987 2. Am I willing to risk the health, and pos-
sibly the life, of my family and myself?
Facts you should know to protect your family. 3. Am I willing to risk destroying the ani-
Many people have contact with wild animals and mal?
especially if the animals are young, are tempted to 4. Am I willing to change my lifestyle to
take them home as pets. Baby animals are often conform to the animal’s natural and
cute, cuddly and responsive to attention. The unalterable behavior?
temptation to remove them from their natural envi- If you cannot truthfully answer “YES” to each
ronment can be very strong, but before you try to question, do not attempt to keep a wild animal as
make a pet out of a wild animal, please consider a pet.
♦ Most wild animals will not live very long in Financial Summary Report
our normal household surroundings. Baby 1/1/97 – 12/31/97
animals that do survive will undergo a dras- Category Description
tic behavioral change, as they become INCOME
adults. They often become very aggressive
and continually try to escape back to the Adoptions 720.00
out-of-door. A tailor-made pet does not re- Associate dues 35.00
sult from declawing, de-scenting, neutering Donations 3572.58
or removing fangs from a wild animal. In Fairs-Festivals 353.00
addition, attempting to return such animals Manual 675.00
to the wild when their behavior becomes Note Card Sales 111.00
intolerable is actually a death sentence. Refund (Discovery) 25.71
T-shirt Sales 322.00
♦ The dietary requirements of most wild ani-
TOTAL INCOME 7234.29
mals are different from domestic pets. An
improper diet can result in serious nutri- EXPENSES
tional deficiencies such as rickets, and Copier Repair 68.69
other crippling conditions. Dues, Associate refund 15.00
♦ Most wild animals are normally most active Gifts 105.89
at night. This perfectly normal behavior can Medical:
be very disruptive to persons trying to Raccoon Vaccine 400.50
sleep and attempts to change it may be
Total Medicine 1242.00
very frustrating to the animal itself. Medical – Other 592.12
♦ Even healthy looking wild animals can TOTAL MEDICAL 1834.12
carry many diseases that affect people.
Rabies is one such disease and others in- Milk Replacers 2495.45
clude leptospirosis, tularemia, and plague. PO Box Rental 58.00
Preventive vaccines against these dis- Postage 535.98
eases are not approved for use in wildlife. Print-Supplies 265.51
♦ Most wild animals are protected by various Rental-Classes 40.00
federal and state laws and permission from Social 7.21
the proper authorities must be obtained Supplies 1.92
before keeping a wild animal. Telephone 654.51
TOTAL EXPENSES 6206.73
TOTAL INCOME/EXPENSES +1027.56
January 1998 order
placed for milk replacers $1200.00
W h e n you are
tempted to take home a wild
What is ARC ? —but EOA's (Euthanized on Arrival) and E's
Care of the injured, orphaned, and displaced native (Euthanized) both doubled - due to severity of in-
juries and increase in number of critical animals
wildlife of North and South Carolina, and the re-
coming in - due to increase in publicity of getting
lease of rehabilitated animals back into suitable ARC's name and number out to the public. So
natural habitats is the objective of ARC, a non more animals were brought in to us before they
profit volunteer organization. Our group services had a chance to die.
all of Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, York , Lan-
caster (ADD OTHER COUNTIES) and surround- Number of releases: 788 (up 44% from last
ing counties and is free of charge. year)
ARC volunteers are located throughout these
counties to provide emergency first aid, long term Public Education Statistics
treatment, and veterinary care if needed. Experi- By Bridget Allison
ARC held 31 educational programs and lectures in
enced volunteers offer rehabilitative physical ther-
1997 for 651 children/adults and reached an addi-
apy and proper rearing of wildlife orphans. tional 1500 individuals through Fairs/Festivals.
Each year ARC gives a second chance to over Our programs are offered to the community free of
2,000 wild creatures. All types of wild mammals, charge. This allows ARC to educate the public on
as well as birds, can be helped by ARC. We will helping our native wildlife. To arrange a presenta-
refer problems with domestic animals to the proper tion by an ARC speaker please call our Hot-Line
agency. ARC volunteers will answer questions and leave a message for our director of educa-
about native wildlife. Our phone lines are staffed tional programs-Bridget Allison, or our Fairs/
daily. Classes are available to anyone interested in Festivals Co-ordinator-Linda McPeak (704) 552-
being a qualified rehabilitator. 2329.
Statistics for 1997
Number of people educated thru ARC message:
Number of people helped/questions answered: “All things that have breath: guard
2,896 (26.6% of the calls required action from
hotline staff) them from all evil and let them
sleep in peace.”
Squirrels - 436 - 76% released Albert Schweitzer(1875-1965)
Chipmunks - 21 - 53% released
Rabbits - 363 - 56% released The famous physician-musician-missionary
Flying squirrels - 35 -74% released Albert Schweitzer once explained A Prayer for
Opossum - 137 - 75% released All Living Creatures by saying, “It was quite
Raccoon - 42 - 92% released incomprehensible to me – this was before I
Fox - 4 - 100% released began going to school – why in my evening
Mice - 5 - 60% released prayers I should pray for human beings only.
Deer - 7 - 100% transferred So when my mother had prayed with me and
Bat - 12 - 73% released
had kissed me good night, I used to add si-
Turtle - 22 - 73% released
Misc. - 8 - lently a prayer that I had composed myself for
Birds - 186 - 69% released all living creatures.”
Total animals: 1,287 (up 26% from 1996) *********
Release rate: 61% (same as 1996, 62%)
DOA's and Died in Care (DIC's): (same)
Wildlife Note Cards ARC T-shirts
Available in blue,
Wanda Burton, active gray or off white.
rehabilitator and starving artist,
has just completed the “pencil Sizes medium,
art” for the front of the note large or extra large.
cards you see pictured here.
These are her original drawings. (See order form
(Actual note cards are in full below).
color). The back of each 4x5 ½ “
card has many interesting facts
the animal pictured on the ADOPT-AN-ANIMAL CERTIFICATES
front. The inside is blank for
a personalized note. (Suitable for framing)
Certificate of Adoption
The cards may be
ordered from ARC in sets of 8 (2 of each picture with
envelopes included) by simply filling out the order
form on this page and mail- On the day of 1997
ing it with a check or money
order to the address indi-
cated. has participated in the
ANIMAL REHABILITATORS OF THE CAROLINAS
All proceeds from the sale of By Sponsoring an Eastern Cottontail
the cards goes to support the
care of sick, injured or or-
Please send me the following items: Please make checks payable to: ARC
_____Set(s) of Note Cards @ $5.00/set ______
Send order to: ARC
_____ARC Tee-shirt(s) --- @ $14.00 ea. ______ PO Box 10236
Charlotte, NC 28212
Indicate size: M L XL
Indicate color: Blue Gray Off-white Your Name & Address:
_____Adopt-an-Animal Certificate/s City, State, ZIP________________________
@$25.00 ea. ______
Species___________________ (no shipping charge)
WOULD YOU TRUST THIS GROUP WITH YOUR “WILDLIFE”?
This photo was taken at one of the many meetings held each year to train and update our members on
new procedures in wildlife care. You may have spoken with one of these ARC members on the phone or
met them in a secluded parking lot (to deliver an animal). [Not all members were present when this pic-
ture was taken].
The ARC members pictured above are on patrol —- ready to respond to
Pictured from left to right in bottom row: Bridget Allison, Pat Isaacs, Monty Stewart,
Sheri Webb, Linda McPeak, Cheryl Dennehey, Melissa Lefler, Debby Wier, Sue Heritage.
Standing in back row: Toni O’Neil, Bob Midwinter, Vickie Julian, Karen Miller, Patrick
Belding, Bill Allen, Nancy Devries, Sandra Pelletier, Joe Donahue, Kim Phillips, Bill Wier, Wanda
Burton, Lessie Davis, Mrs. Kraft.
“Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them,
but those who respect their natures and wish to let
them live their natural lives, love them more.”
~Edwin Way Teal~
of the Carolinas
P.O. Box 10236
Charlotte, NC 28212