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Wildlife Care & Rescue Center Needs New Home

For six years, the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center has used their Woolmarket facility to nurse injured wildlife back to health.

Missy Dubuisson has volunteered with the center from the start.

"This is Allie. Allie's our resident great horned owl," says Dubuisson as she shows off a beautiful caged owl.

Allie was one of the first animals brought to the center. Thousands have come since. Everything from opossums and hawks, to turtles and deer.

As Missy shows off another caging area, she tells us, "This is primarily to house deer, but we did also have some water fowl in here."

Missy Dubuisson has saved hundreds of animals while volunteering with the center over the years.  It's something very near and dear to her heart.

"It just becomes part of you, and to see them come in with no hope and then to fix them and see them go off it's just amazing."

But she's concerned about what's going to happen to the center after April 1st. That's when the owners of the four acre property want it back.

"They've been so gracious to let us stay here, and we've saved many animals, but they're in construction and they see such a need on the coast, so they've decided to move back here," says Dubuisson.

The problem is finding another suitable piece of property.

"If we don't find the land, we may have to shut down temporarily or permanently."

The Wildlife Care and Rescue Center has about 40 animals in its care right now, but you won't find any of them at the Woolmarket facility. Most of the cages are empty. That's because they're all living with volunteers in their homes. Not only does it protect them from the cooler temperatures during the winter, but it will also make for a smoother transition once the center relocates.

"You know, we're going to start taking down their cages and everything. It's just easier to keep them at our homes."

And they're happy to do so, until the center can find a new permanent home.

"We put so much into it, and to have to lose it - it would just be devastating for everybody involved."

Missy says they're looking for any piece of property, but they would prefer a more heavily wooded area. If you have some property you would like to donate to the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center, please call (228) 392-7511.

By Meggan Gray

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