The Humane Society of the United States praised the introduction of H. Res. 651, a Congressional resolution recognizing the important role experienced and accredited wildlife rehabilitation centers play in caring for native wildlife in communities across the country.
The resolution — sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas — takes into account the important work of wildlife rehabilitators, who care for and release wildlife indigenous to the U.S., often on a voluntary basis.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: "We applaud Representative Lamar Smith for recognizing the importance of wildlife rehabilitators across the nation – a network not as well developed as animal shelters, but just as important and vital for communities. The people working in this field, principally as volunteers, provide a remarkable safety net for wildlife who face an extraordinary set of risks, from cars to power lines to poisons.”
The HSUS and its affiliates operate three wildlife rehabilitation centers located in California, Florida and Massachusetts that rescue, care for, rehabilitate and eventually release back into the wild thousands of orphaned or injured wild animals from across the country every year. “There are hundreds of other centers that collectively provide help to hundreds of thousands of wild animals in crisis situations,” added Pacelle.
Rep. Smith said: “I have enjoyed working with wildlife rehabilitation centers in my Congressional District. These organizations across our nation deserve our support. Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals are orphaned, injured or become sick. This resolution recognizes the work of wildlife rehabilitation centers and their self-less efforts to protect our wildlife. Today, we thank these individuals and organizations for what they do on a daily basis.”