Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Los Angeles California Wildlife Rehabilitation Real Estate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Animal Advocates year end report for 2014 - Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California

Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California
Here are a few things we've accomplished in 2014 thanks to you and all your help.

Wild animals we rescued for release

    ▪    211 Tree Squirrels
    ▪    134 Opossums
    ▪    42 Raccoons
    ▪    39 California Ground Squirrels
    ▪    14 Gophers
    ▪    36 Striped Skunks
    ▪    92 Pigeons
    ▪    28 Wild bunnies
    ▪    5 Coyotes
    ▪    3 Bobcats
    ▪    7 Foxes
    ▪    39 Rats
    ▪    46 Mice
    ▪    21 Pip bats
    ▪    22 Hoary bats
    ▪    25 California myotis bats
    ▪    98 Mexican free-tail bats

862 wild animals, 94% release rate (2% euthanized, 4% died)

Domestic animals we rescued
  • 11 House Bunnies
  • 23 Cats
  • 42 Red eared slider turtles
  • 2 Iguanas
  • 34 Koi fish
  • 25 Domestic rats
  • 11 Domestic mice
  • 36 Hamsters
184 rescued, all rehomed

Exotic pets transported out of state

We have permission to bail exotic pocket pets for transport out of the state. We bailed and arranged for transport of 21 exotic pets. 

1,067 total animals rescued.  We're finally back over 1,000 again.

Other activities
  • Paid to spayneuter 42 animals owned by others
  • Added two new large outdoor enclosures
  • Gave wildlife presentations at five public events
  • Uploaded 16 new animal rescue videos to YouTube
  • Now have over 4,800 YouTube subscribers
  • Now have over 7,800,000 video views on YouTube
  • Now have over 58,000 Facebook fans
  • Now have over 1,300 Twitter followers
  • 5 humane coyote exclusions
  • 14 year perfect inspection reports from USDA
  • Consulted with two cities about educating the public about coyotes
  • Taught a class for small mammal rehabilitators
  • Responded to over 1,000 emails asking for animal advice/help from all over the world
  • Responded to over 1,100 phone calls asking for animal advice/help
  • Over 500,000 hits on our website Animal Advocates http://www.AnimalAdvocates.us 
  • Over 2,000,000  hits on our website Squirrel Rescue http://www.mary.cc/squirrels 
  • We were approved for our new native species exhibiting permit by Fish & Wildlife
  • Were named top non-profit by LA Business Journal
  • We are an approved rescue by Adopt-a-pet.com
  • We became a 100% "green" organization
Every year we have to say a few sad farewells. Goodbye to Mindy the blind squirrel. She was much loved here at Animal Advocates. She never recovered from seizures caused by loud noises on July 4th. Goodbye to David Middlesworth of V-Dog a wonderful person who donated food to us. Goodbye to Molly Anderson of vegan Madeleine's Bistro. She was a loving and wonderful caring person. With every year there are of course many thanks. 

Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Conrad for the Paw Project documentary. 
Thanks to Frank for all the formula. 
Thanks to Paul Koretz for banning bull hooks in Los Angeles
Thanks to Eldad Hagar for helping animals. 
Thanks to PETA for stopping the cruel "Possum Drop." 
Thanks for the hay and amazon.comdonations. 
Thanks to everyone in the food recycling program. 
Thanks to Brenda Barnette for allowing us to pickup wildlife from the shelters. 
Thanks to new Mayor Eric Garcetti for all his help with animals. 
Thanks to Governor Brown for allowing us to rehab mountain lions. 
Thanks to Fish & Game Commission for outlawing animal hunt contests.
Thanks to people who helped transport animals. 
Thanks to all the volunteers. Thanks everyone for all the love and support. And a special thanks to anyone I accidentally left off the list and our anonymous donors.

2015 Marks our 13th year as a non-profit organization. We have a lot of new things planned!

    ▪    We're looking for a new property with more land that backs up to city or state park land.
    ▪    We'll be rewriting our wildlife rehabilitation manuals and finishing a book.
    ▪    We'll be redoing the websites.
    ▪    We'll be hopefully getting some incubators.
    ▪    We'll be starting a membership with a newsletter, special offers and live wildlife programs.
    ▪    We'll be applying for grants to expand our program.
    ▪    We expect to get our wildlife rescue numbers back up. We should be over 1,300. The economy has really taken a toll on our finances.

If you're doing some year end tax planning, keep in mind that Animal Advocates is a 501 3c non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS and Attorney General. We are also recognized by the state of California as a legal non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible. Our PayPal button is on our website http://www.AnimalAdvocates.us

or you can always send a check to

Animal Advocates
645 W. 9th St. #110-140
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1640

That's a P.O. box so don't deliver animals there. Here are more ways you can help Animal Advocates.

We also have a GoFundMe campaign but would prefer direct donations as GoFundMe takes 10%

We have an Amazon Smile account

We have an eBay account you can friend, fan or donate to.

We have an iGive account

Thanks from everyone at Animal Advocates for caring about animals. We wish you a happy and wonderful New Year!

Mary Cummins, MaryEllen Schoeman and everyone else at Animal Advocates

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Animal Advocates rescues ill, injured and orphaned coyotes in Los Angeles, California

Coyote pup rescued by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates
Animal Advocates has been rescuing ill, injured and orphaned coyotes in the Los Angeles area of California. We also provide humane coyote control and speak to groups about dealing with coyote issues. We recently received our permit to permanently rehabilitate coyotes at our own facility.

Coyotes in Los Angeles, California weighs 20-35 pounds and stand 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder. The coyote looks similar to a smaller tan colored shepherd-type dog with long pointed muzzle, large ears, long legs and a bushy tail.



Coyotes, whose natural habitat is the Los Angeles basin, have adjusted to their shrinking habitat by living closer to humans, sometimes in residential areas, parks and on the landscaped areas of the freeway system.

Because coyotes are now habituating closer to humans, they suffer the effects of our existence. They are hit by cars or are poisoned from eating poisoned ground squirrels and rats. They also succumb to sarcoptic mange from mites.

If you find ill, injured or orphaned wildlife, contact us or visit our website so we can help you or refer you to someone who can.

Animal Advocates is a non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS. We operate on donations from the public. We are licensed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to rescue ill, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. We rescue coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, foxes, opossums, skunks, squirrels, moles, voles, gophers, bats and more.

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates authorized to rescue and rehabilitate ill, injured and orphaned coyotes in Los Angeles, California
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Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Virtual tour of Animal Advocates' wildlife rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles, California

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California

Due to Fish & Wildlife regulations we are not allowed to let members of the public see wildlife which is being rehabilitated for release back to the wild. We can only legally show our educational animals to the public in person. The only exception of course is if someone is a legal volunteer. Because we can't give physical tours I thought I'd make this virtual tour of our facility because everyone keeps asking.

As you all know everything we do is as "green" as possible. We build our enclosures with used, repurposed materials.  Some materials we get free on Craigslist, freecycle or from the movie industry. Some enclosures we bought used on Craigslist. We had to pay to get the exercise wheels made but they are made from repurposed hoolahoops and rabbit hutch wire. We used a grant last year to buy used material and enclosures off Craigslist to build more outdoor enclosures. Our cages cost 1/5 the cost of new enclosures for this reason. We need to stretch our dollars as much as possible to save as many animals as we can.

We have a separate building as our ICU and nursery which has heat, AC, bathroom, sink, shower. Along two walls we have 18" deep storage shelving with incubators on the lower shelves and caging for juveniles on the top. The photo only shows one wall. There are also separate pet crates for injured adults. There are heating pads under all the incubators, crates and cages which we turn on if needed. They're attached to electric strip outlets which are on the back of the shelves. Along another wall of this room is stacked dog crates for larger orphans and injured adults such as coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, opossums. I generally have towels over the cages and front doors so they won't be stressed but took them off for this pic.

When the animals are old or well enough we put them into large outdoor enclosures. These large enclosures help them acclimate to outdoor weather, sights and sounds of nature. This is also where they get needed excercise and learn to climb, jump, make a nest and forage for hidden food in their enclosure. We have custom made exercise wheels in the enclosures. Once the orphans can feed themselves, we no longer handle them. This is how they become wild again. It's their natural instinct.

We have predator animals on one side and prey animals on the other divided by cage walls and materials so they can't see each other. The cages face out for this reason. They all have roofs, flooring, next boxes, things to climb, tree branches, logs, lofts, hidey holes, food bowls, ponds, swings, enrichment items... Below are a few of our enclosures. All of these enclosures are more than the minimum requirements in terms of size, strength... They are all at least six to eight feet tall walk-in aviary enclosures. There are two bird aviaries on another part of the property. With all these enclosures we are able to save over 1,000 wild animals per year by having the animals in there in shifts. We do one litter size of animals at a time, e.g. six juvie skunks, racoons, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes....in an outdoor enclosure. When we release those we put in another litter size of animals to condition for release.

If you look in the background you can see our compost container. We also have water collection containers and we grow some of our own vegetables to feed to the wildlife. Nothing gets wasted here. Most of our food is donated. Thanks so much!

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Animal Advocates wildlife rehabilitation facilities, enclosures, Los Angeles, California, Mary Cummins

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Judge blocks law that created loophole for opossum drop - Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

PETA, possum drop, opossum, Mary Cummins, California

"Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins granted a preliminary injunction against a law the General Assembly passed in June that created a regulatory loophole for the Clay County business that holds the Possum Drop."

http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/video/14248918/

Law makers passed a law stating no laws apply to opossums, possums during the last week of the year, i.e. HB 1131 "Clay County opossum wildlife exclusion law."  The law would have made it legal to rape, kill, light on fire, draw and quarter, torture an opossum in North Carolina for the last week of the year. That new law is of course unconstitutional.

Previously the opossum drop was being done illegally. PETA shut them down a couple of years ago because they didn't have proper permits. The next year the possum drop person got the necessary permit. PETA then filed suit saying the department which gave them the permit did so erroneously. Then they state passed the opossums right to work act, i.e. bill 60. Again PETA stated it was unconstitutional.

More about the opossum drop

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Possum_Drop

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Please, help Animal Advocats on #GivingTuesday


We're raising money to get ready for our huge up coming baby season. As we are the only licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles City which covers over 500 square miles and 4.3 million people we get inundated with babies besides ill and injured wildlife. Any day now baby tree squirrels will start pouring in by the shoe box full. After that we get baby opossums, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Next summer we'll get baby bats and yet another round of tree squirrels, opossums and late raccoon, skunk, fox babies. 

Please, help us raise funds for incubators, food and veterinary costs. With the help of a grant we expanded our outdoor enclosures so we can take in more animals. While we're very grateful to be able to expand this has caused our regular budget for food, veterinary and supplies to sky rocket. 

You can donate via PayPal to donate@animaladvocates.us or click this link. 


You can also send us a check to Animal Advocates, 645 W 9th St #110-140, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1640. If you can't donate, you can always share this link. Thanks so much!

Mary Cummins
President
Animal Advocates
Licensed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and USDA
Legal 501 3c non-profit organization recognized by the IRS since 2002 EIN # 48-1287089
Legal California non-profit corporation since 2002

#givingtuesday

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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