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St. Francis Wildlife in Gadsden County needs volunteers to help with rescued animals

Gloved hands feed a baby squirrel with a syringe.
Emily Brann
St. Francis Wildlife
This little guy gets a feeding at St. Francis Wildlife.

The St. Francis Wildlife Association needs volunteers. The nonprofit in Gadsden County takes in thousands of injured, orphaned, and sick animals each year.

“Mostly what we're getting right now is baby squirrels," says St. Francis president and wildlife rehabilitator Emily Brann.

She says it's the tail end of baby season. "We are needing people to foster. We're needing people to volunteer to come out to the hospital and help us feed the babies and whatnot. But we can also take volunteers of many different kinds.”

Brann says they need help with everything from food prep to cleaning out kennels to carpentry to transporting wildlife. “Anybody who's interested in either working with animals or trying to help them, now's the time."

A tiny, hairless, newborn squirrel gets a feeding with a syringe held by gloved hands.
St. Francis Wildlife
Emily Brann feeds a neonate orphaned gray squirrel. The squirrel’s tree fell into a street Tuesday, but it’s expected to survive. It's being fostered and will be released into the wild as an adult.

"We're down two positions at the hospital right now," Brann says. "That's why we're kind of pushing hard for dedicated volunteers who are able to commit to maybe once a week or a couple of times a month, something like that.”

Brann says their hours are flexible. "We've got staff at the hospital every day, seven days a week, and from morning until typically late nights like around 10 o'clock," she says.

The wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility is located on 35 acres of forest, fields, and ponds in Quincy.

St. Francis is permitted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to possess and rehabilitate wildlife.

If you're interested in volunteering or have questions, call 850-627-4151, send a message on Facebook, or click here for the volunteer page on the St. Francis website.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.