We always have wonderful animals at WestVet, you can see furry faces of all shapes and sizes as you walk through the hospital.
Sometimes, we are partnering with local wildlife organizations to provide medical testing, diagnosis, and/or medications. Today was one of those days –we had the opportunity to offer treatment to an orphaned bobcat kitten. We were partnering with the Animals in Distress Association (AIDA) to assist them with a diagnosis for this Bobcat kitten who had been found alone and with probable eye or neurologic issues.
While he appears to be approachable and tame, (and yes, even cuddly) this Bobcat kitten is a wild animal and we have had to handle him with extra care. Once AIDA receives the diagnosis from WestVet specialists, they will best determine the next step for helping him to return to the wild. Part of the process involved anesthesia so that he could receive an MRI.
All of us living in the Treasure Valley are so lucky to have an organization like the AIDA. It was established in 1987 with a mission is to rescue, rehabilitate
and successfully release injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife. They assist more than 3,000 wildlife birds and animals every year! And they do this as a nonprofit with a group of dedicated volunteers.
This is an incredible feat! Here’s a little more information on how they pull it off, directly from their website:
Mammals are cared for on a year-round basis at the homes of individually licensed rehabilitators. April through August, AIDA operates the Ruth Melichar Bird Center to care for the thousands of birds that come to us each spring and summer. Birds received in the off-season are cared for at the homes of individual avian rehabilitators.
AIDA stresses both on their website and through their educational programs, that if you come across wildlife, animals or birds, be cautious. You may utilize their a 24-hour hotline: 208.367.1026 to report wildlife. They also receive wildlife referrals from local police and fire departments, Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Humane Society, local veterinarians, and the general public. Also, AIDA does not receive any state or federal funding, they rely on donations and fundraisers to provide these services to our community, check out their website, HERE if you’d like to help out financially.