Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (MRWRC), a subsidiary of Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA), will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its center starting at 4:30 p.m. on October 29, 2014 hosted by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
The center, located at 570 N. 450 E., Valparaiso, Ind., received its license and opened its doors to injured and orphaned small mammals on July 1, 2014. MRWRC is one of the few licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Porter County and there are currently no licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Lake County.
This will be the center’s first public event since the partnership with HSCA says MRWRC Director Ange Grady. “We’re happy to invite the Valparaiso Chamber members and the public to view our center and learn more about what we do to rehabilitate and care for native wildlife,” Grady said. “While we cannot exhibit the wildlife we are currently rehabilitating due to regulations, guests will be able to tour the center.”
While the organization has been in existence since 1997, MRWRC’s partnership with HSCA earlier this year has allowed the organization to substantially expand the scope of its mission and delivery of its services.
The partnership allowed MRWRC to hire Grady in March and Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Stephanie Kadletz, who has eight years of wildlife rehabilitation experience, in April.
"I am thrilled to be a part HSCA, an amazing organization that is not only helping domestic animals but native wildlife also,” Kadletz said. “At MRWRC, we will be working with the public on humane ways they can deal with nuisance wildlife as well as how they can coexist with wildlife that live in their own backyard."
MRWRC currently is permitted to take in native mammals, reptiles, and birds that are injured or orphaned and their newly acquired Federal Migratory Bird Permit allows the organization to rehabilitate native migratory birds.
About Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
MRWRC was founded in 1997 by a group of wildlife rehabilitators and enthusiasts. Its primary mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and return orphaned and injured wildlife to the wild. In addition, the center provides educational opportunities for the community that promote informed and humane interaction with native wildlife. In 2014, MRWRC partnered with Humane Society Calumet Area, which allowed the center to substantially expand the scope of its mission and delivery of its services.