"I thought I would drop you a line and see if you might be interested in writing a story about Empty Cages Collective's urban wildlife rescue & rehabilitation work in New York City--specifically squirrels.
Empty Cages Collective has been inundated with injured and orphaned squirrels this spring -- as well as phone calls nearly every day to admit more into our wildlife rehabilitation project. Virtually all of these animals are the victims of negative human impact-- people cut down their nest trees or trim branches where nests are, the mothers are killed by cars or poisoned, and other babies come to us sick and dehydrated because people inadequately tried to care for them themselves to make them into pets (squirrels make terrible pets and are miserable captives and should be allowed to live their lives freely in their native habitats, not incarcerated in a cage in the name of an "exotic pet".) Other people and businesses orphan these animals by trapping and killing or trapping and relocating their mothers because they deem them to be nuisances (you reported about this in Astoria a few years back).
Many of the wild animals we admit we "pull" from NYC Animal Care & Control where they are to be killed because ACC isn't willing or able to take care of these animals. Many of the orphaned and injured wild animals we admit are from Queens.
Here is a photograph of one of our many orphaned babies (we have 12 tiny orphans currently, as well as some older adults).
All of these animals will be released once they are healed or old enough to survive on their own! It would be nice to bring attention to the fact that these animals are worthy of compassion and humane treatment, are generally in trouble due to negative human impact rather than nature, and do have options if they are truly injured and orphaned and in need of assistance."
PJ McKosky, NYS-licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Empty Cages Collective