Newborn orphaned baby bunnies wouldn't stand a chance at survival if it weren't for dedicated wildlife volunteers at the WRANPS center. Orphaned and injured wildlife find tender loving care at the center, and the numbers keep growing. Director Katy Pope says "We're seeing approximately a ten percent increase every year and last year we admitted 15-hundred and thirty four animals. The year before it was 14-hundred animals so it's more work with the same amount of space." That's one reason why WRANPS needs a new home.
Pope says they're looking to relocate on about 50 acres. The agency wants its own land so it can expand as needed and Pope says they want to stay in Harrison County with easy access. "We do have many animals that come in from Hancock County and the western side of Harrison County and our main concern is that since we get most of our animals from Gulfport, and Biloxi and Pass Christian that we, this is our home," says Pope.
WRANPS has three or four years left at its present site. During that time, Pope says, they're doing a lot of legwork to find what they hope will be their final home. Pope says "We have a land proposal plan. We're researching other rehabilitation facilities across the country to see what their needs are, to see what the ideal spot in our community would be. Pope says an ideal spot is one that has the best interest of tbe animals in mind with room to grow.