NORWALK, Conn. Patrick Moore loves animals and works with them every day in his job as a technician at Broad River Animal Hospital. But Moore is the type of guy who brings that affection, as well as an occasional animal itself, home with him.
"As long as I can remember, I've been bringing animals home," he says. When Moore was 16, he found an injured duck and took it home, and the die's been cast ever since.
Moore works with the group Animal Nation , which is dedicated to saving stray, injured or abandoned animals of any shape and size. "We do everything from mice to cows," he says. The Rye, N.Y.-based group was founded in 2001; Moore joined four years later.
He's not exaggerating about the latter, either. Several years ago, Moore bought a calf from a slaughterhouse with his own money, and then drove it home in his Jeep before finding it a home with a 4-H club in Newtown. "We can't save every one of them, but we do the best we can."
Moore is also a wildlife rehabilitator, licensed by New York and Connecticut to rescue wild animals that wander into heavily developed areas and need to be taken back to the wild. "There aren't enough of us, really," he says. His avocation has brought him some unusual cases, including the seal that washed up on the beach in Rye and the deer that impaled itself on a wrought iron fence it was trying to leap. Animal Nation helps less fortunate local cats and dogs too. Rescued cats and kittens are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and placed for adoption at Petsmart in Norwalk. Animal Nation volunteers run and maintain the Petsmart location. Recovered dogs are also spayed or netured and typically fostered by a network of Animal Nation volunteers until a permanent, forever home can be found. "We also have a pet finder resource on our Facebook page", Moore says.
Animal Nation members also spend time in area schools, educating students about wildlife. The group's biggest challenge is funding its widespread activities, and many members such as Moore dig into their own pockets to cover expenses. Animal Nation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit animal rescue organization, totally operated by volunteers.
So the next time a squirrel gets caught in your chimney or there's a deer swimming in your pool, call the folks at Animal Nation . They'll even come get the occasional stray cow, too.
Have you ever had a wild animal wander onto your property?
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