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April 07, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

The opening of our Center for Compassion led to a new, popular volunteer position: greeter. Many are retired folks; my mom dutifully takes the Tuesday afternoon shift. It’s been interesting to review the greeters’ stats. For example, visitors looking to adopt dogs far outnumber visitors looking to adopt cats. A smaller number bring us injured or orphaned wildlife, which we accept. My mom helped one kind man this past Tuesday. He said he had a baby squirrel, but it didn’t appear to be with him. Then, he unzipped his jacket and a baby squirrel popped out! Each year, we receive a significant number of baby squirrels and birds who have been injured or orphaned by tree trimmings. Rather than trimming trees now, schedule this for the winter when babies aren’t nesting. Or, don’t prune at all. Many arborists believe pruning actually harms trees and suggest pruning only to remove dead or diseased branches. To keep squirrels from nesting in your tree, wrap a 2-foot section of sheet metal around the trunk 6 feet off the ground. If you find a grounded baby squirrel that appears healthy, place the squirrel in a small box with low sides in the location where you found it. Put a warm blanket in the box. The mother will not take back a cold baby. Keep domestic cats and dogs away. Leave the box and observe from a hidden area for three to four hours. The mother will not approach if she feels threatened in any way. If after three or four hours the mother has not come to collect her young, the squirrel may need to be rescued. Contact PHS/SPCA. If you find a young squirrel on the ground and there are signs of injury, place the squirrel in a covered box with a towel. Keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place and bring it to our center as soon as possible. Do not offer food or water.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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