Wild Heart Ranch benefit night scheduled

Wild Heart Ranch wildlife rehabilitation founder and owner Annette Tucker with one of the eagles currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Rogers County facility. To help the eagles receive enough nutrition and learn to hunt, Tucker has been asking local fishermen to catch and bring any fish to the ranch which would then be used to aid in the feeding and the rehab of the eagles. This Friday evening, a percentage of all sales at Pizza Hut in Claremore will go to benefit Wild Heart Ranch. For more information, visit  www.wildheartranch.org.

One any given day, Wild Heart Ranch wildlife rehabilitation volunteers are no strangers to helping to feed some of the facility’s colorful visitors, whether furred, scaled, or feathered.

This Friday however, Wild Heart Ranch crew members will be helping to feed the hungry patrons at Pizza Hut in Claremore during an evening to help benefit the Rogers County-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

“This Friday night, our crew will be serving customers as waiters or waitresses at Pizza Hut,” said Annette Tucker, Wild Heart Ranch founder/owner/wildlife rehabilitation specialist. “They’ll be working for tips to benefit Wild Heart (Ranch), and ten percent of all sales from the dining room and the drive-thru will go to help out the facility, so we’re hoping that everyone is in the mood for pizza this Friday.”

Although the non-profit rehab center always has needs, currently, one of its current focuses is to provide food, specifically fish, for three of its current residents — a trio of eagles.

“We’ve had the eagles for several weeks now, and, while they’re getting a little better every day, feeding them is a particular challenge,” she said. “As birds of prey, they hunt fish or rodents or small game, which is difficult to provide them anywhere but in the wild.

“Lately, we’ve been fortunate that area fishermen have been sharing some of their catches with us, but we’re always in need of fish (for the eagles),” she said. “We appreciate all the help people have given us recently to keep the eagles fed, but without a regular supply of fish for the eagles to ‘hunt’ in their areas, we’ll have to buy them or buy rodents, which isn’t cheap, so we’re hoping that this fundraiser is a huge success.

“And of course, if any fishermen out there feel like sharing what they catch with us to feed the eagles, we would be hugely appreciative,” she said.

Wild Heart Ranch’s fundraiser at Pizza Hut in Claremore will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

For more information, visit www.wildheartranch.org.

Wild Heart Ranch is a non-profit, state and federally licensed rehabilitation facility for wildlife, which takes in all indigenous species of wildlife for northeast Oklahoma.

Founded in 1996, Wild Heart Ranch’s annual intake now exceeds 2,500 orphaned and injured wild animals each year. They do not take in wildlife which have been illegally kept as pets.

Wild Heart Ranch is a privacy-based care facility for wildlife and does not exhibit the animals in their care.

“These animals are easily stressed and we strive to reduce contact and disruptions as much as possible, but we share photos and stories on our Facebook page daily to keep our supporters updated on our activities and cases,” Tucker said.

Wild Heart Ranch operates solely on donations of individuals.

Donations may be sent by mail to: PO Box 170, Foyil, Ok 74031.

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