Caregivers, Janitors, Companions, and Friends. Rehabbers wear many more hats than the obvious nursing hats, and they do it without expecting anything in return. They take care of these critters for the sheer sake of the animal's wellbeing, and the hope that they can someday be returned to their natural habitat, all on a volunteer basis.
These highly educated caretakers continuously update their diagnosis and treatment knowledge through Workshops, Classes, and more, because staying up to date on the latest tools, techniques, and medications can mean the difference between life and death for some animals.
They provide professional aid to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, never treating them as pets. As hard as it is to not cuddle with these adorable creatures, they can't allow them to become reliant on humans, to ensure the best chance for successfully releasing them back into the wild.
A rehabber's ultimate goal is always getting the rescued animal to a point in their recovery where they can be released back into their habitat. Sadly, this isn't always a possibility. There are unfortunate times when an animal is so severely injured that it must be humanely euthanized. These are the times when one of our Sacred Friends is barely hanging on after a severed spinal cord injury or immense brain damage.
There are also times that are not so severe but will forever impact the life of the rescued critter after treatment. These are times when a rescued animal can be brought to a point in their recovery where they can live a comfortable life, but wouldn't have the ability to survive any longer in the wild. These are the times that the rehabber shelters and treats the animal until it is able to go to a forever home.
These animals aren't ever going to be pets as we are used to, and will never be totally domesticated, but some are content enough with their new human companions to be involved in educational programs and facilities and are handled on a regular basis. Our hope is to always return these animals to their natural homes, but if they can't, it is always wonderful to see when they adapt so happily to their new lives in the human world.