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Poplar Spring, wildlife sanctuary

billy idol

Helping out again at Poplar Spring yesterday I asked Terry about the lack of dogs and cats at their sanctuary. Not that the 200 or so animals they live with aren’t enough!

The reason is simple – the cats and dogs would potentially scare some of the animals they give sanctuary to. They might even prey on them. Terry wasn’t just talking about the chickens either, though some of the small chickens they rescued from Katrina are definitely small enough to be vulnerable to cats, where “normal” sized chickens wouldn’t be.

There are other animals too – the squirrels, ducks, geese. What I learned was that most of the squirrels we see living there are descended from the orphaned babies Dave and Terry took in years ago that needed to be hand-raised until they were old enough to survive on their own.

Many of the ducks are permanent residents at the sanctuary’s pond, something I hadn’t realized before. Not all of them can fly, having arrived with broken wings, or other issues. Dave and Terry work with Second Chance Wildlife Center on the wildlife rescues, providing sanctuary for those animals that need a little extra help.

This makes the hunters cutting through the sanctuary’s fences to set up deer stands that much more offensive. Poplar Spring is a sanctuary for the animals in every sense of the word. Unlike the government’s misnamed wildlife refuges, which allow hunting, Poplar Spring is a place where all animals can find true refuge and sanctuary from humans.

  1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.
  2. a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
  3. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

ducks at poplar spring

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4 responses to “Poplar Spring, wildlife sanctuary

  1. Ryan December 27, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Hi from a fellow PS volunteer. 🙂 Have we met before?

  2. Deb December 27, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Nope! I’ve missed you every time. Fellow VFF’er too. :p

  3. Ryan December 28, 2006 at 9:20 am

    We’ll catch up at some point. My volunteer schedule has been a bit scattered recently, but I’m generally there on Saturdays (ever other or so).

  4. Deb December 28, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah, I have been trying to go almost every weekend I’m in town, which ends up being 1 or 2 weekends, but it varies for me whether it is saturday or sunday. Terry has asked a couple times “do you know Ryan?” and I say “only online.” 😀

    But there’s a small group of VFF’ers coming down to DC the third weekend of January, and it looks like we’ll go to PS on Saturday 1/20 – maybe you can make it that Saturday and we can have a mini meetup! 🙂

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