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News: 06/01/2017

‘Fawn season’ is off and running



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An orphaned fawn in a remote enclosure.


By Suzanne Cassell

“Calls are coming in fast these days. We have already helped more than 20 fawns,” said Carol Stenlund, board president of Kenwood-based Fawn Rescue.

One of the most recent calls came from a Sonoma County resident who had observed a fawn with head injuries, walking erratically. An immediate call to 931-4550 brought Matt Wolfe, animal care coordinator, to the site. After observing and examining the fawn, he concluded it had been hit by a car and appeared to be blind.

He took the fawn to the Montecito Veterinary Center where the staff is always happy to help. Dr. Lynne Lankes treated the head injuries and determined the blindness was likely caused by the injuries and was, hopefully, temporary.

Matt then took the little guy to a Fawn Rescue rehab site where he was given around-the-clock nursing. After a week, he regained his sight! He was declared healthy and was transferred to a satellite location where he will have room to grow and maintain his wild nature until he is big enough to be released in a group with other fostered fawns.

From early April to September, an average of 100 fawns are rescued each year. When Fawn Rescue Founder Marjorie (Marj) Davis started rescuing fawns many years ago, she had problems finding the proper nutrition for them. Cow’s milk and human baby formula would make them sick. Marj located an animal nutrition company in Arizona that made formula for other animals. She begged them to come up with a formula which would duplicate the doe’s milk and address the fawns’ nutritional needs. The company did and has been shipping it to Kenwood ever since.

Immediately after being fed the new formula, the fawns started to thrive. They need to be fed that formula for four months. That’s what it takes to get them ready to be released into the wild, usually on private land with the owners’ permission. Unlike human babies who take months and years to become grown-ups, fawns, who are prey to many predators that roam around Sonoma County, must do it in four months.

The formula is expensive and Fawn Rescue depends strictly on donations. Funds are limited. Among other needs are bottles and nipples, medical supplies, and building supplies for remote and secured pens.

Please take a moment to send your gift or do it by visiting the secured website at fawnrescue.org/donate.

Your donation will be much appreciated. Please consider volunteering, too. “Compassionate and dedicated people are the heart and soul of Fawn Rescue and we never have enough,” said Stenlund.

Fawn Rescue, P.O. Box 1622, Sonoma, CA 95476. 931-4550.



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