Charity’s big plans for an animal hospital

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Wild Things Rescue is a county-wide rescue charity founded by Lucy Steele in 2018 that aims to care for sick, injured or stranded wildlife and successfully release them back into the wild.

Over the years the charity has rescued a wide variety of animal and bird species including deer, badgers, foxes, hares, rabbits, ducks, kestrels and more .

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Wild Things now has over 5,000 Facebook followers and Lucy has a team of volunteer administrators and foster families who specialize in many different species, as well as help from veterinary practices across the county to help to the medical aspect of animal care.

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Now Lucy has put in place plans to set up her own premises to provide an in-house rehabilitation center for the animals she rescues and has secured a lease for her own premises near Langrick which is estimated to cost around £100,000.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Lucy said. “I’ve wanted to do this since we started and I want to have a facility where people can come and volunteer and allow people to come and work with animals and learn about wildlife.”

Animals will continue to receive care at nearby veterinary practices that Wild Things may have used, and the center will allow animals to recover and receive care until they can be released back into the wild. The new center will include a gift shop, an isolation and assessment room where animals will be screened upon arrival, with several isolation cages already in place that were donated by Boston College.

There will also be a hospital room, as well as a fully functional training room, office and kitchen.

At the moment the charity is aiming to raise £3,000 on their Go Fund Me page to cover extra costs that have arisen when planning their animal hospital, including planning permission and a change request use of their premises, attorneys and other administrative costs. , who drew on the association’s reserves.

Wild Things currently runs two Amazon wishlists – one where people can pay for essentials for their pets, including food, bedding and other medical supplies (available to view here), and a second where people can buy items for the new hospital, including essential safety equipment, office supplies, office equipment, and furniture (click here to see the list of centers).

Now the charity is gearing up for a busy spring, as April is a very busy month, as last year proved:

“Last year we admitted 35 animals throughout March, but in April we admitted 130 and in April we already admitted 10 animals in the first four days of the month,” said Lucy.

l To find out more or to help donate to the Wild Things appeal, visit the charity’s Facebook page at

Benjamin M. Yerger