Grit & Grace Wildlife Rehabilitation was born from my heart and from my love of all animals, both domestic and wild. I have been rescuing and rehabbing animals for much of my life (40+ years). It wasn’t until 2017, and with the rescue of an orphaned fawn, that I realized the great need for wildlife rehabilitation. I acquired the education and the licensing that same year, and Grit & Grace Wildlife Rehabilitation was born. In 2019, we were blessed to become a 501c3 non-profit. “We” are a team of myself, my husband, my elderly mother in law, my children, and two totally amazing volunteers.
We rescue, rehabilitate, and release back into the wild, Kentucky’s native wildlife mammals. We receive wild mammals of all ages and species. These animals come to us as orphaned, abandoned, injured, ill, and displaced. They range in age from a few hours old to adults. However, our biggest majority of intakes come to us as newborns or just a couple days/weeks old. I would estimate that around 90% of our intakes are victims of human intervention… meaning they were the victims of human afflicted injuries or accidents (whether accidental or intentional) leaving them orphaned, injured, sick, or abandoned. We’re just trying to give them back what humans have took away from them.
We receive absolutely NO government funding or help of any kind. We are 100% volunteer based and operated, and run solely on donations or from our own pockets. Kentucky, as with all the other states, offer no help or funding in any way, to wildlife rehabilitators.
Your support and contributions will enable us to help these animals. Your generous donation will fund our mission. We can't do this important work without YOU! Please help...
A dream is a wish your heart makes...
Friends, I have a dream... it's a little lofty.... honestly, it's a lot lofty. But, everyday, I still dream it.
When we started Grit & Grace, I had no idea it would become what it has! It has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. It's mind-blowing, really. This growth shows how great the need for wildlife rehabilitation is in our area and in our part of the state. It's needed and it's important.
Our little farm just isn't big enough or rural enough to hold all of it. We're bursting at the seams, and sadly, that ties our hands on what we can and cannot do.
What we need, is a larger space/property to house all of the wildlife pre-release enclosures and plenty of post-release space. A safe place where every animal has the opportunity for life. And, where every animal can be soft-released... giving them an opportunity to come back to the enclosure for food, shelter, protection, etc... until they're ready to live freely and totally independent. A way to give them back what we (humans) have taken from them.
And, here is the dream... I dream of a sanctuary of sorts...
I dream of a mostly wooded property (purchased or donated) that is large enough to hold the pre-release enclosures, all of the released animals each year, and eventually the clinic, nursery, and education center. A place totally devoted to rehabbing and releasing wildlife animals. A place that would also allow us to build proper flight cages and obtain federal licensing to rehab birds, including raptors because the closest raptor rehabber is over two hours away from here. A place where future wildlife rehabbers could volunteer and obtain the necessary training to become permitted wildlife rehabbers (building a better world for wild animals). A place where the public (all ages) could learn about the animals and the benefits they provide us. A place that would remain untouched and would belong to the animals forever. A place that would show the world that Harrison county values the conservation of wildlife and land.
Yes, I do have a dream... and yes, it may seem a bit lofty, but I believe it is achievable. I believe it because it is needed. I believe it because it is important. And, I believe it because the wildlife animals deserve it.
It may take a while to see it come to life... dreams of this magnitude take some time and much prayer. But, I'm committed to keep dreaming of it and praying for it.
I'm gonna need your help. If you're able to give, it would be so greatly appreciated. If you're not able to give, please share our story with anyone who will listen... The more people it reaches, the closer it becomes to being a reality. Thank you so very much!