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By SABRA STAFFORD

rom Bella the resident Eastern Red Fox to a host of early arrival baby squirrels and owls, the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is home to a bevy of critters — both cute and creepy depending on your disposition — that make up the menagerie of wild things roaming Stanislaus County. The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is a non-profit organization that takes in and cares for wounded, orphaned or abandoned wildlife. The goal for nearly every bird, reptile, or mammal is to release them back into their natural habitat, though some through circumstances find permanent homes at the center. 209MAGAZINE

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center was founded in 1984 by six people who had $300, no facilities to speak of, but plenty of gumption. The founding six members — Donna Burt, Phil McKay, Brian Feyler, Marsha Feyler, Diane Duncan, and Jeremy Obers, with Turlock veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Marks providing veterinary services — have built up an organization that for more than 30 years has given respite and refuge to the area’s animals in need. They’ve built a home on two acres of land running along the Tuolumne River and amassed a membership that tallies more than 1,000 individuals on the ranks, and is 56

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209 Magazine - Issue 7