Hi, I'm Michelle Allen, I'm a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator here in Michigan. My family and I moved to the farm in 1999. We brought with us one little dog, our dog Pepper. Shortly after moving here our eldest daughter moved home, with her she brought a kitten and.....a baby raccoon. So it began.
First we needed to find a vet for the newest arrival, well that turned out to be harder than we thought, apparently having a raccoon in our possesion was illegal! So, after many, many phone calls, we located a wildlife rehabilitator that would help us out. She gave the raccoon his shots, but would not raise him, we had to raise him and figure out what to do to get him back into the wild. I had to sign up as a sub-permittee on her state license to do that, and she starting shipping animals over here like crazy. There was a lot to learn, and she wasn't much help, so I had to seek out other, more experienced rehabilitators to get the information and help that I needed. I have always had a way with animals, but even so, this was definitely a learning experience! After about a year or so of having animals pushed on me from this other rehabilitator, I applied for my own permit with the state and got it.
Time passed, as it does, and our "one little dog" seemed to multiply into a whole array of creatures. We were taking in the wildlife that I started to tell you about, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, deer, woodchucks, minks, birds, fox, coyote, well, you just name it, it has probably been here, and then, we were called upon to take in some not so wild animals. We've had many goats, geese, ducks, chickens and rabbits dropped off here, and more than a few dogs and cats found their way through our doors. There have been turtles, iguanas, sugar gliders, and snakes too. We had decided to get some chickens and milk goats of our own, so it was starting to look like a 4h farm for sure. Then the day arrived where we were called upon to provide an emergency home for a horse, then another, and another...and so on...so here we are today..a full blown animal rescue.
We have been taking in, releasing and placing animals for sixteen years now. Over those years we have had more than 1000 wild animals pass through here. I have had my own license from the Michigan DNR for almost 13 years now. The State of Michigan does not compensate wildlife rehabilitators for their service, the reward is seeing the animals live the life they were intended for.
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