About Misfits Rehab
Animals have always been a passion of mine and that was evident from a very early age. I spent my childhood rescuing local wildlife, anything from bees drowning in pools to snakes frightening the neighbors. I was able to turn this dedication into a career when I was trained in birds at The Ruth Melichar Bird Center in Idaho. Also, while in Idaho, I worked at Zoo Boise from 1996 to 1999 where my knowledge was expanded to world wildlife and native wildlife rehabilitation. This includes the importance of proper nutrition and animal enrichment for all animals, no matter how long they are in captivity.
I then moved back to my hometown of Auburn, Maine where I have acquired my Maine State Rehabbing license in 2002. I have recently taken on insectivorous bats as my main focus of rehab and am specializing in them. I went to Bat World Sanctuary in Texas in 2005 to get further training with them and the following year became the director of a Bat World in Maine, Bat World Dirigo. Since then Bat World had to dissolve the offshoots but Misfits Rehab continues specializing in bat rehabilitation and education.
A change of life found a new marriage and a move across the United States to California where I am slowly settling into the new pace of life. Being able to rehab and release animals is an indescribable joy and I look forward to many more years caring for the local wildlife in California and STILL specializing in bats!
Virtual Donations Made REAL!
In a game called Second Life™ people can earn virtual currency which can then be traded into real cash!!! For the Christmas season of 2014, the season of giving, in Second Life there is a wonderful woman named Hanna Redrose who owns a business within that games called Chunky Monkey. Hanna has a heart of gold and when she found out that I take care of wild animals and especially Rudy the raccoon. She offered to make a virtual "Dancing Rudy" for people to donate virtual money known as Lindens L$. Through her generosity and the kind heart of many people playing in this virtual realm, she was able to raise 12,200L$ which was able to be cashed in for nearly $50 USD. Now to buy Rudy and Jasper a little Christmas cheer with this wonderful gift. Here is a video posted of them playing with their new toys brought from a virtual realm and Hanna Redrose of Chunky Monkey. Many thanks!
Special Thanks Go Out To:
Amanda Toussaint - For being the best helper and assistant I could ever ask for
Katrina Kent - For some of the best pictures I have ever had taken of the critters in my care
Ruth DeCosta - For many years of faithful volunteering and doing her best to keep me organized!
Mike Marchigiani (Izzy Coronet in SecondLife) - For his amazing financial support. Helping me to help local wildlife. Without his funding and the few others that donate, I would not be able to save as many animals as I do. Not to mention the wonderful cages and care packages he sends for the critters and being an amazing loving and supportive husband.