Blog the Change is an event, where bloggers from all over the globe focus on animal causes that are near and dear to our hearts.
Today I’d like to shine the light on someone who works tirelessly in the field of animal rescue. I’ve been following her efforts on my facebook page for the last few months.
Annette King Tucker is the owner and operator of a 10-acre ranch located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Wild Heart Ranch is an animal sanctuary that rescues, and rehabilitates wild animals, who are injured by either natural causes or the cruelty of man.
I copied her mission statement from her website:
- Provide medical or infant support to any indigenous wild animal in need of assistance and release it into suitable wild habitat once care is completed.
- Refrain from imprinting the animal to its human caretakers during its stay in captivity
- Educate the public about wild animals in our area and teach a genuine appreciation and respect of their needs and characteristics
- Educate ourselves in the care and needs of each species that we experience so that all animals receive complete, professional and individual care
- Maintain our facility in the most stringent of cleaning and organizational standards to prevent errors, disease, infection and hazards to both humans and animals
- ALWAYS respond with patience when faced with ignorance and remember that not all the world has seen through our eyes or cared with our hands
- Lend assistance, instruction or advice to anyone trying to assist a wild animal in need of care
- NEVER cage a wild animal a day longer than necessary, and always euthanize if release will never come
On her facebook page she shares pictures of wild babies that have been brought to the ranch along with the circumstances surrounding their injury or illness. The photos show staff tenderly caring for the delicate lives they’ve been intrusted with.
When she can’t save them, she will help them find peace and freedom from pain in the only way she knows how. That’s when you see her mad, especially if the injury has resulted from something evil, like a leg trap.
What I love about this woman is her passion. Not only will she take in, help and rehabilitate any form of wildlife, but she works hard at educating the public. Her posts will explain to you why the cute orphaned deer should NOT be brought into your home and made into a family pet.
Wild Heart Ranch doesn’t normally take in cats and dogs, but they will assist them in other ways, or provide another resource to assist the animal.
Annette King Tucker talks the talk and walks the walk.
But she’s got a little problem, her wonderful ranch is quickly outgrowing the small ten acres that surround it. Recently 40 acres across the street from the ranch went on the market, Annette is working hard to raise the needed funds to purchase the land in order to expand the ranch.
She has a chip in widget on her website, and through her website you can connect with her on her social media sites.
I’m not asking you to donate money to WHR, I’m asking you to take a moment and check out Annette King Tucker and if you (like I) think she’s making a difference, can you please share her story.
Together we can be the change.
(Author’s note, the ‘cat’ you see in the left side of the picture is Kira, a cougar that had her claws removed by a man with a pair of wire snippers. Annette rescued her and Kira lived her life at Wild Heart Ranch, until a few months ago when she passed away.)
(I did send a message to Annette asking her to contribute to this post, but she did not respond. If she would like the picture to be removed I will do that. )