Wild Kritters of Niagara County Inc. is hosting its sixth annual basket raffle on Sunday, April 22. The event runs from noon until 5 p.m. at the 3F Conservation Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston.
The event features both a huge selection of wonderful baskets to be raffled off, plus great food, too. Hot dogs, homemade chili, pizza and a large variety of baked goods (cookies, cakes, brownies, homemade breads) will be available.
Wild Kritters is licensed by New York state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. The organization's goal is to get animals healthy and back into the wild as soon as possible.
The group came together out of pure necessity. It is not funded by anyone and all expenses are out of pocket. Last year proved to be quite costly for Wild Kritters.
Mammals require bottle feeding and longer care. Special formulas are needed and veterinary bills are expensive.
Wild Kritters also has a licensed rabies vector rehabilitator. The RVS must obtain a special license and get inspected to care for animals that may carry rabies (raccoons, bats, fox and skunks).
Master Falconer Pete Lotz will be present at the fundraiser. Patrons can view wildlife up close and personal, and birds of prey in flight.
The persons caring for these animals will be there to explain and answer questions about what the animal injuries are, and if the "kritters" can be released back to the wild.
For more information about Wild Kritters, visit www.wildkritters.com.
Pictured is a great horned owl, a new educational animal with Wild Kritters.