Carbon County, Moab 'Flock Together'
Anyone familiar with the Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or Director Debbie Pappas knows the Price facility is one of the finest and most respected animal sanctuaries in the state. What most don't know is that the care provided at Second Chance is not subsidized and is paid for completely by donation.
To bolster the center's funds for 2013, Second Chance officials along with their supporters in Moab have organized the "Flock Together," benefit on June 8 to provide funds for the coming year.
The benefit, which will take place over two events on Saturday, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Scott Matheson Wetlands in Moab and continue through 1 p.m. The first event will feature booths about wildlife rehabilitation, beaver conservation and insects. Wildlife photography by Keith Cauly, Bat education by Tom Haraden, an owl hooting contest, a costume contest and much more will also be available at the wetlands.
The benefit will continue with a second event at Eddie McStiff's from 6 to 9 p.m. with a silent auction and great food.
According to Pappas, funds raised at the event are critical to work carried out at the center all year. The Second Chance facility takes injured, orphaned and sick wildlife, turned over by several agencies in Utah as well as the public. The center then rehabilitates the animals with the intent of release back into the wild. The center specializes in raptor rehab and cares for approximately 300 patients a year, many of which require surgery and/or special apparatus.
"Any donation we get is a big deal," said Pappas. "It is a major misconception that we are publicly funded, local officials even assume that we. The truth of the matter is that our only benefactors are those who love wildlife enough to donate. Come out this weekend, see what we do and have some fun in Moab."