Alchemy Acres cares for many different animals other than domestics. We are also licensed to care for Native Wildlife. Alchemy’s Rehabilitators are Category I licensed. This means that we may take care of orphaned Eastern Cottontail Rabbits, Eastern Gray Squirrels (also Black Squirrels), Fox Squirrels, Red Squirrels, Flying Squirrels and Eastern Chipmunks. Category II animals, which Alchemy may be able to transport to a proper facility depending on species, include Opossums, Beavers, Foxes, Weasels, Skunks, Badgers, Minks, Reptiles, Amphibians and Bats. There are also animals that require extra permitting that Alchemy Acres may be able to transport to proper facilities when necessary. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife License allows rehabilitators to care for state and federally endangered species and any migratory species such as owls, hawks, waterfowl and song birds. There are no permits, and it is illegal to rehabilitate animals such as, White-Tailed Deer, Coyotes or Mute Swans. Raccoon rehabilitation is dependent on the county in which it is found.
The sanctuary has two permitted wildlife rehabilitators as well as sub permit holders and volunteers. In addition to the rehabilitation of wild animals, Alchemy provides education to the public about wildlife. With this education, the public then learns how to deal with an injured or orphaned wild animal.
As a wildlife rehabilitator, we are serious about our vows to care for and release healthy wildlife that has been injured or orphaned as result of human intervention. For example, a female opossum carrying babies that has been hit by a car, or a bird caught in a fence, and even (the most common) cat/dog attacks. During the rehabilitation process, wild animals are raised, weaned and conditioned in an outdoor enclosure for release.
In 2015, Alchemy helped over 150 native wild animals of 25 different species! In order to do so we used over 50 pounds of powdered formula (mainly KMR and Esbilac). We also used gallons and pounds of unflavored pedialyte, unsweetened applesauce, apples, bananas, cheerios, Fruit n’ Nut mix (from tractor supply) and timothy hay. So next time you’re at the store and you see a product that our wild furry friend may like, consider donating to our cause to return Ohio’s wildlife to the wild!