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SV Design's Education Center Expansion at Wild Care in Eastham

Wild Care in Eastham, MA seeks donations to complete its Education Center expansion project as it celebrates 30 years of wildlife rescue on Cape Cod.

Eastham, MA – Wild Care, a non-profit organization that treats injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, and assists the community though counseling, educational efforts, and outreach is actively seeking donations to support the expansion of its Clinic with a new Animal Admissions Area, Education Center, and Cleanliness Room. Wild Care has experienced unprecedented growth and success over the last 5 years, providing care to over 1,800 animals a year – from seabirds to raptors, small mammals, and reptiles – and taking over 10,000 calls from the community. Despite its existing tight quarters and limited resources, the organization does not turn away any animal in need and does not charge the public for its services.

The center’s expansion will feature a warm, welcoming reception area for rescuers bringing in injured animals; an Education Center to enhance educational outreach; and create a separate washing and disinfecting area, which will reserve the current kitchen for food prep. It is estimated that $150,000 is needed in fundraising to cover expenditures not included in the building estimate, such as lighting, plumbing fixtures, furniture, etc.

Plans for the project were designed by SV Design, an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Chatham and Beverly, and will be built by JC Donald Building, Remodeling & Design out of Orleans, MA. Thanks also to John O'Reilly of J.M O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Professional Engineering, Land Surveying & Environmental Services.

“It’s a simple, free-standing structure built with a raised footprint and minimal foundation to have light impact on the site but big impact for Wild Care’s work,” stated Leslie Schneeberger, AIA, ASID, Associate Principal at SV Design. “It includes a space to wash equipment, an education area, and a new deck system will connect all three buildings, making a fully accessible facility.”

“It has been four years since our initial fundraising effort for this much needed expansion project. Rising prices for materials and labor costs have made it necessary to raise an additional $150,000 to complete the project and meet the growing needs for our services. This expansion will help our staff and volunteers work more efficiently, and help the animal patients we treat,” said Wild Care Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis.

Since its founding in 1993, Wild Care has tended to more than 30,000 wild creatures representing over 275 species of native birds, mammals, and reptiles. Of those admitted, about half are brought to the organization for injuries and habitat loss due to human activities, which is why a vital part of Wild Care’s mission is to educate the public on ways to avoid harming animal neighbors.

Wild Care is humbly asking the community for help in raising the additional funds needed to complete the Expansion Project. Donations can be made online here or by contacting Executive Director, Stephanie Ellis at stephanie@wildcarecapecod.org or 508-240-2255. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated.

Additional naming opportunities are as follows:

$100,000 - Education Center and Animal Admissions
Reception area where rescuers drop off sick and injured animals and receive an educational experience. This is not a public visitor center.

$75,000 - "Bird Walk" Deck
The outdoor Bird Walk provides connectivity between buildings and will be a space to host small educational programs weather permitting.

$50,000 - Cleanliness Room
This work-friendly space for staff and volunteers will provide animals with safe, sanitized habitats, linens, and food bowls and containers.

$15,000 - Mobility Ramp
Wild Care provides an all-inclusive environment and an ADA accessible ramp for all abilities to visit.

$8,000 – Welcome to Wild Care
A sign of acknowledgement will be hung in front of the Education Center with donor name.


About Wild Care
Founded in 1993, Wild Care’s mission is to treat injured, ill, and orphaned native wildlife for release; to prevent wildlife casualties through public education and live counseling; and to engage the community in conservation through volunteerism. Wild Care provides the utmost quality of care and dignity for animals’ lives and does not charge the public for services to wildlife. The organization constantly strives to preserve the natural history of Cape Cod and provide quality, individualized care to its patients. Wild Care also works to alleviate pressures experienced by wildlife by aiding in habitat restoration and enrichment, documenting rare species for habitat protection, and serving as a voice of responsible stewardship whenever possible. For more information visit www.wildcarecapecod.org

About SV Design
SV Design specializes in beautiful and functional architecture and interiors. For more than three decades, SV Design has built a reputation from Boston’s North Shore to the Cape and beyond for residential, institutional, non-profit, academic, and many other community spaces of character and integrity. SV Design’s multidisciplinary team engages closely with clients to identify opportunities, anticipate challenges, and steward projects from site planning to the details of décor. For more information visit www.svdesign.com.

About JC Donald Building, Remodeling & Design
Providing the utmost customer service and quality, JC Donald’s full-service residential construction company’s 30+ years of experience gives them the ability to take existing layouts and transform them into beautiful and more functional spaces to fit its client’s needs. For more information visit www.jcdonald.com.