Suncoast Bird Rescue has emerged as a new organization helping injured wild birds after Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Fla., ran into financial troubles, leaving needy birds without help and care. Founded by Robin Vergara, a former fundraiser and volunteer coordinator for the now dilapidated sanctuary, who intends to set up and open a wildlife rehabilitation center at McGough Nature Park in Largo, Fla., Suncoast Bird Rescue will step in to provide treatment for the rehabilitation of injured wild birds.
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary used to care for injured, sick, abused or abandoned wild birds brought in from everywhere. It provided the birds with necessary medical care and treatments and returned rehabilitated birds to their natural habitat and provided others that could not live on their own with a permanent shelter. Unable to recover from its financial setbacks, and with employees losing their jobs, the threat of closing the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has come closer to reality.
While a staff of mostly volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary continued the work at hand, the sanctuary discontinued accepting new arrivals of birds in January. The recent resignation of the sanctuary's hospital supervisor Barbara Suto and another paid employee in charge of the daily care and feeding of the more than 100 birds still living in the sanctuary, has cut off the necessary expertise for attending and supervising injured, sick, disabled and convalescent birds. In order not to jeopardize the lives of the birds, the remaining as well as the resigning staff members are trying to find other animal rescue shelters that are able to accept some of the birds.
Other shelters in the Tampa Bay area that offer care for wild birds in need are:
- Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota
- Sky Harbor Avian & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hudson
- Nature World Wildlife Rescue in Homosassa.
For more information about Suncoast Bird Rescue, go to: http://suncoastseabird.com/
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