Hoo Haven receives equipment grant

Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in northwestern Winnebago County is pleased to announce that is has received a $7,000 grant for the purchase of a walk-in cooler.

Hoo+HavenThis grant award comes from a generous donation from the Dr. Courtney J. and Margaret Hutchins Hamlin Family fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

As Hoo Haven’s wildlife patient load increases, so too does the need for the safe storage of large amounts of food and medication that requires proper refrigeration. Such donations that help Hoo Haven on a daily basis include: venison, other meat, game and fish brought to the facility by the DNR, local hunters, fishermen, and other generous citizens; fruits & vegetables grown or donated; dairy products including goat milk used for wildlife newborns; and medications and dietary supplements.

“All of these items are critical to the rehabilitation process for our wildlife patients at Hoo Haven. A healthy diet is just one key to getting them healthy enough to be released and back into the wild where they belong. That is always the goal,” stated Karen Herdklotz, Hoo Haven Founder and Director.

“We would like to thank the many supporters of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, and particularly the Hutchins Hamlin family for believing in and supporting Hoo Haven’s mission,” she continued.

Donations are always welcome and a wish list can be found on the organization’s website hoohaven.org. Daily tours of the facility are now available for a small donation. Volunteers are always needed as well.

–Hoo Haven

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