This was sent to RSPB from one of our clients:
I just want to share with you a new experience for me followed by a funding question.
I received a phone call from my distressed daughter to inform me that one of her cats had brought a baby bird into the house and it was still alive, cowering in the corner. I told her to try and get it into a shoe box and i would go straight round. She told me it had yellow feathers and was as big as her hand, i told her to stop exaggerating as it couldn’t be that big.
Imagine my suprise when i opened the box to see the strangest looking specimen i have ever seen, i have been bird watching most of my life but i must confess i have never seen what i now know is a baby pigeon. If i had to put money on it i would have said it was a duckling.
After an internet search i managed to find a privately run bird rescue center not too far away. We managed to get the bird there still alive and then Wendy took over, her dedication and expertise was immediately apparent, she then kindly let me have a look round her rescue pens which have taken over her entire garden and conservatory.
This brings me onto my funding question. As i got chatting i was quite suprised to find that the whole operation was run on donations and she is currently in the process of training other volunteers to help her.
After seeing what a fantastic job Wendy is doing, i was wondering if the RSPB provides any sort of financial support for these kind of centers, i would love my RSPB contributions to go into this kind of project.
For anyone interested the website is http://hgbr.co.uk/
The reply came back;
Many Thanks for your enquiry. What a great story and I am glad it all turned out ok in the end. We receive hundreds of welfare calls every week despite being a conservation charity with nothing to do with welfare issues and have recommended Wendy many, many times so we understand what a great job these rescue centres do.
The RSPCA are the UK’s largest animal welfare charity dealing with many welfare issues to do with UK wildlife but I am not sure if they are involved in helping smaller rescue centres with funding. Unfortunately we as a charity are not in a position to provide funding for rescue centres, any money we are donated has to legally be used for the reasons we have appealed for it, as a conservation charity aiming to save threatened species, protect habitats and educate about conservation our money has to go to this and cannot be distributed in any other way.
Of course we will always offer as much support to these rescue centres as possible, we will always provide them with information should they need and will work with them when required but to be honest we rarely liaise with them as not being a rescue charity they have very little need to call us or us call them.
Hope this helps
Thank you Ross for all your efforts. Regards Wendy