FAQ    { General }

Why do you need a donation - isn't this your job?

This IS my job, but we aren't a for-profit business! As such, we are entirely run on the kindness of our donors - please consider donating to support our work so that we can continue saving animals in DeKalb County. Oaken Acres is a 501c3 charitable organization and, as such, your donations are tax deductible. Thank you!

How much should I donate?

There is no set amount nor is there any requirement that you donate when you bring an animal to us. That being said, without your donation we may not be here to help the next time you need us. Each species has different costs associated with it. While squirrels are small and they may seem to be an “inexpensive” animal to rehab, that’s not true. We need to keep baby squirrels until they are about 14 weeks old and once they are weaned, their diet includes fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts which we all know cost quite a bit. Raccoons, one of our most numerous orphans, are big eaters for their size. Last year alone, we spent over $3,000 on puppy chow alone for them.

Most businesses have a lot of overhead – space, rental or mortgage costs, wages and salaries, to name just a few. For most of Oaken Acres existence we have had minimal overhead, mostly utility bills. Up until a few years ago, there were no wages paid so our expenses were almost solely whatever we spent on animal and shelter supplies. Oaken Acres does now employ one person who oversees the operations and founder and director Kathy Stelford still works there all summer and accepts no compensation.

In order to keep up with increasing costs and the addition of wages, we need to raise at least $30,000 each year so we can continue our services to wildlife and our communities. It would be most helpful if each animal that we take in would come with at least a $25 donation. So, if you brought in a litter of 4 raccoons, we sure would appreciate a $100 donation or more. These little guys are with us until at least 4 months old and they are very labor intensive, needing lots of attention, lots of feedings, vaccines and post-release conditioning

Where are some places on the internet I can go for more information about wildife?

www. wiki.com

How do you become a wildlife rehabilitator?

Becoming a wildlife rehabilitator is a serious commitment. In order to care for mammals in Illinois you must obtain a Scientific Permit for Wildlife Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources . If you want to rehabilitate birds, you also need a Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit from the Federal Fish & Wildlife Agency.

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