Wild West Animal Rehabilitation Center has 'last push' to raise funds

Wild West Animal Rehabilitation Center has 'last push' to raise funds

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit organization which rescues, rehabilitates, and releases orphaned and injured wildlife in the Texas Panhandle.

In the last year, 900 animals have been kept in the homes of licensed wildlife rehabilitators because they don't have the funds to finish their center.

The building for Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center started last May.

Since then, over 900 animals have been kept in the homes of licensed wild life rehabilitators .

"We have to help them out. They're trying to build their new building," said Owner of the Perfect Peach Salon Nikolle Russel.

Russel wanted to help the organization, so she created the Peaches for Paws Fundraiser to raise money for their new center.

Stephanie Oravetz, the founder of the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, said they desperately need to finish the center because the demand is so high.

"We need this for our area because we get hundreds of animals, last year 200, the next year 757, and this year we are over 900, so a little nervous about what next year is going to look like because we serve 26 counties," said Oravetz.

She says their goal is to open their doors by next spring.

"The spring is usually what kicks off baby season, so we're going to have hundreds of babies coming in," said Oravetz.

The fundraiser will feature animal ambassadors from the Wild West Rehabilitation, live music, food trucks, activities for kids and vendors.

The event will be held at Sam Houston Park, Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 p.m.

Russel says about 500 people expressed interest in attending the fundraiser but still hopes for even more.

"It's so important for what they do because they're rehabbing these animals, and as an animal lover I love to see that," said Russel.

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