These western screech owls need your help!
These two owls came in from Jackson County separately but are suffering from the similar injuries preventing them from release into the wild. Wildlife Image’s Animal Care Specialists believe both owls were hit by cars resulting in two different injuries that require eye surgery. The damaged parts of the eye need to be removed, the wound cleaned and then sutured. It may sound rather simple, but it’s not. It takes a specific set of skills and tools including an operating microscope and microsurgical instruments… and it is expensive – normally, $2,400 each… For both owls, that’s $4,800! Dr. Cassandra Bliss is a veterinary eye specialist that we regularly work with. She is generously donating her time, while we will cover the remaining costs of materials, tools, and medicine which comes to $500 for each owl. With this procedure, these two birds can survive and will be able to live a full life in the wild – even with the loss of vision in one eye. Can you help us raise the needed funds for surgery? We can do it if we all work together! Can you donate just $5, $10, or more? It’s easy! Head to our donation page. Enter the amount you want to contribute and choose “Owl Eye Surgery” under the donation allocation section!
Western screech owls are a relatively common species in southern Oregon. So you may be asking… why are we so dedicated to saving these two owls?
The answer is simple – it’s our job and our purpose. Our mission is Saving Wildlife. That means ALL wildlife, not just the cute, furry, rare animals… If it’s the right call – we try everything we can to save any wild animal in our care. We believe these two owls have an extremely good chance at making a full recovery and being released back into the wild! Rarely does a single animal need a procedure that is so expensive. Which is why we are asking for your help to cover the surgical costs and to save the lives of these two owls.