PUNTA GORDA, Fla - The Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda has been caring for injured birds and wildlife in Southwest Florida since the early 80s, but its latest financial crisis could ground parts of the center permanently.
The center has seen a drop in donations every year for the past few years and now its finances have reached critically low levels.
According to the center they treat about 2,000 animals every year, and those they can't rehabilitate and return to the wild, get a permanent home.
Right now, about 200 animals call the center home. According to Callie Stahl, Operations Manager of the Peace River Wildlife Center, If donations don't come in soon, the center will have to shut down parts of the facility right away and let workers go. Stahl says, "Worst case scenario... shutting down our hospital, no taking in injured animals and reducing our rehabilitators."
The center is always looking for monetary donations and donated supplies.