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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:37PM

To a brighter 2014

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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I want to thank everyone in the Charlotte Harbor community again for helping Peace River Wildlife Center have a banner year in 2013. And I mean “banner” like outstanding, not like Bruce Banner, where we hulk up and smash things. Although actually, PRWC did hulk up a little this year — we got some new fences, refurbished some habitats, and painted to make the place look better. And we actually did smash a few records — patient intakes have eclipsed previous years’, with more birds, mammals and reptiles coming to us. So maybe we did have a Bruce Banner year!

Now we turn our attention to 2014. What do we want to accomplish in this shiny New Year? What are our hopes, aspirations and resolutions? One of our biggest challenges this year will be to raise enough money to build a new hospital and surgery facility. Our current buildings are old and decrepit and need to be replaced for the health and safety of our staff and animals. With the help of the community, we will be kicking off our Capital Campaigns Fund Drive. We had a few very generous donors in 2013 whose contributions will be used to kick-start this drive. We need enough money to take down two or three older buildings and replace them with a larger building that has a more efficient use of space. This will give us not only more room to work, but also more room for our patients and residents. In addition to the funds going toward that goal, we also need to continue to grow our endowment. That money helps us cover operating expenses during lean times, when donations are down and we still have mouths to feed.

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