Holidays bring fun giving opportunities that support local wildlife



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Florida Wildlife Hospital encourages local families to make wildlife a part of this year’s holiday celebration by taking advantage of several unique opportunities to give to the Palm Shores-based organization, which cares for almost 5,000 sick and injured native animals each year. An upcoming Hoot In The Park event, slated for Nov. 21 at Wickham Park, will raise money for Florida Wildlife Hospital while also promoting the organization’s AmazonSmile account, through which online shoppers can contribute a portion of proceeds from their purchases.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 21, Hoot In The Park will bring a whole host of holiday-themed family and pet-friendly activities, like dog agility courses, vendors, pet photos with Santa and visits from Florida Wildlife Hospital Animal Ambassadors. Sponsors for the event include K9 Campus, Barkingham Palace, Lure Course Brevard and Bat Belfrys, Inc., and all proceeds from the day’s dog activities and raffle, featuring prizes like Disney tickets, artwork and gift certificates, will benefit Florida Wildlife Hospital.

Hoot In The Park will also spread the word about Florida Wildlife Hospital’s AmazonSmile account, just in time for local families to take advantage of the opportunity on Cyber Monday and at any other time during their online holiday shopping. Shoppers who register for free on smile.amazon.com can select Florida Wildlife Hospital as their charitable organization of choice in order to purchase all of the same Amazon products for the same prices, but with .5 percent of proceeds donated to Florida Wildlife Hospital by AmazonSmile.

Though state and federally licensed, Florida Wildlife Hospital is funded solely by donations and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, so a little bit of holiday giving goes a long way toward the facility maintenance, equipment, medications and specialty diets this organization needs to help make all injured native wildlife, from pelicans to possums, happy and healthy once again.  

Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to Florida’s wildlife in need. Its mission is to aid sick, injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife and migratory birds, and to return them to the ecosystem. Florida Wildlife Hospital is open to admit patients 365 days a year; it treats nearly 5,000 patients each year. For more information, go to FloridaWildlifeHospital.org.

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