Our Volunteer Experience at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Our Volunteer Experience at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

We volunteered at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

This past Saturday (April 21, 2018), my husband and I visited the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue where we volunteered our time to help accomplish various projects on their Volunteer Work Day. This wonderful rescue relies almost solely on its dedicated volunteers to care for its animals. So it is important for people to step up and offer a helping hand.

This was our first time visiting the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue so we did not know what to expect or what type of projects in which we would be involved. We imagined that it would involve poop clean up because everyone knows that waterfowl poops, A LOT! But we were up for any challenges, poop and all.

We had so much fun volunteering!

Surprisingly, none of our tasks for the day directly were related to poop! We started the morning off painting the inside of a new storage building. It is amazing how quickly a large trailer sized building can be painted when 20 + people pick up a brush and roller and work together. A project that would have taken one or two people several days to complete was finished in a matter of hours.

Our second task involved a shovel and a wheel barrow inside “Chicken City”. The rescue has rows of chicken pens that needed new sand for flooring. We shoveled and dumped large barrows of sand inside each pen. It took strength and a lot of perspiration but the chickens were so thankful! It was rewarding watching them scratch and roll around after our hard work.

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Here we see Cameron and other volunteers working hard to add new sand to the chicken runs in “Chicken City.”

My husband and I also assisted with providing fresh water for each chicken pen. During this task we also got a quick lesson on how to handle aggressive roosters. We squared up with a couple of hostile roosters who were solely focused on protecting their hens and outstandingly all parties came out unscathed! The roosters weren’t our only obstacles in completing this task. There were also some very sneaky hens that were fixated on escaping their pens during water changing time. I am happy to report that there no were no escapes on our watch!

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Here you see me filling up water jugs in preparation for giving fresh water to the chickens.

And my favorite task of the day was helping in the piglet pen. Volunteers were placing covers over the piglet pen in order to provide more shade for the piglets since the months are growing warmer. There is nothing cuter than a piglet chewing on your boot while you work. They were very inquisitive and loved to have their ears and belly scratched.

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Here you see me loving on some piglets after a hard days work.

And we got a tour!

Mid-day all the volunteers took a short break and then our hard work was rewarded with a surprise tour of the entire rescue. We were guided along the 11 acres of the rescue by a very knowledgeable volunteer. This tour was such a treat because the rescue is not usually open to the public due to its rehabilitation license for wild animals.

So if you want to see the rescue, VOLUNTEER!

(UPDATE (Dec 2018): currently the rescue is working toward fundraising enough money to purchase a new and larger location. This way they can rescue more animals and possibly offer tours to the public on a more regular basis!)

We learned that the rescue is for more than just waterfowl!

You may have noticed in the previous section that I talked about “Chicken City”. You may be asking yourself, “I thought this was a waterfowl rescue. What are chickens doing there?”

Well my friends, the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue extends its graciousness to more than just waterfowl. Yes, there are tons of waterfowl on the premises, ranging from wild and domesticated ducks and geese, to swans and cranes. There were even some seagulls catching a free meal around the pens. But it doesn’t stop there. There are other birds such as roosters, chickens, pheasants, crows, guineas, turkeys, emus, owls, pigeons, and songbirds. But there are also pigs and piglets, cows and donkeys, and various snakes and reptiles. The rescue’s generosity knows no bounds when it comes to helping animals. They are only limited by space and the helping hands of volunteers.

I do not have many pictures or videos to show you in this blog post out of respect for the rescue. Since they rehabilitate wild animals no photography is allowed. However, I was permitted to take photos of some of the more domesticated and famous faces of the rescue such as Ginny and her cygnets and the piglets that were rescued from a fire.

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We were star struck getting to see some of the most famous animals of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in real life!

The rescue needs your help too!

The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is a non-profit organization that takes in and rehabilitates various birds and animals. Without the help of others, their work would not be possible. There are many ways you can help with their task of caring and rehabilitating these animals in need.

  1. You can adopt!

Consider adopting an animal! There are hundreds of ducks and geese and other animals that need homes. They would make great additions to your flock. By adopting you will be providing an animal with a loving home and making room for the rescue to help other animals in need. (Update Dec 2018: for example Jeffrey Dean Morgan just recently adopted the famous donkey and emu pair dubbed → “Jack & Diane!”)

  1. You can donate!

Consider making a donation! The rescue is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of donations from people like you! Whether you can donate a little or a lot of money you will make a difference! You can even donate items in need such as those on their amazon wish list.

  1. You can Sponsor!

Consider becoming a sponsor! This is very similar to donating except you commit to a monthly donation amount of your choice in order to provide feed, shelter, and veterinary care to an animal of your choosing. It’s as if you take on a “surrogate parent” status to an animal in need. You can even get a sticker or a shirt that shows you sponsor an animal.

  1. You can volunteer!

Consider volunteering your time and energy! The rescue relies solely on volunteers in order to operate. If you live close and have free-time on your hands, sign up to be a volunteer! If you are unable to volunteer consistently, at least consider volunteering on the Work Day one Saturday out of each month (find the next work day on their facebook page). We live 3 hours away from the rescue and still traveled to help out with a Saturday Work Day! You can too!

  1. You can transport!

Consider transporting animals in need! Occasionally there will be a bird or animal that only needs a ride to the rescue in order to receive care. Simply picking an animal up from one location and delivering it to the rescue could help save lives!

  1. You can feed baby birds!

Consider taking 3 hours out of your week to feed baby birds! The rescue takes in hundreds of baby birds this time each year of over 50 different varieties and they all need constant care. You can sign up for a shift once a week or more if you have the time.

Our most important part of the trip was Gabby!

My husband and I have helped support the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in 3 ways. We have donated, we have volunteered, and we ADOPTED!

Our most important and exciting part of our trip to the rescue was adopting a duck named Gabby!

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We adopted Gabby from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue!

Some of you may be familiar with Gabby. She was quite famous at the rescue! Gabby was loved by all the volunteers and she was very popular at events because she loves people! She is an incredibly sweet duck and we are very lucky to have her!

Gabby traveled in a carrier for the 3 hour ride home very quietly. You never would have known there was a duck inside the truck cabin except for the occasional small duck chortle that sounded as if she was politely asking, “Are we there yet?”

Once arriving at her new home, she settled in as if she had always lived here. She followed me around the yard while I filled a bowl of water for her and offered her some food and treats before bed time. She made herself right at home inside our house and “helped me” set up her new bed inside our guest bedroom.

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Gabby is supervising the set-up of her new bed inside the house.

That night she slept inside and we never heard a peep from her. The next morning she walked right out of her night crate and into our bedroom looking for her other human (my husband who was still in bed). She naturally followed me outside to her day-time pen and set about to doing normal duck things. She was completely unfazed by the transition into her new home.

We are so happy to have Gabby in our Williams Flock!

Our other 4 ducks are very curious about the new addition of Gabby, but they will be kept separate until introductions can be done slowly and appropriately to ensure she is accepted as a new member of the flock. Gabby has no interest in the other ducks at this time and prefers to be with her humans instead. However, Willard is particularly smitten with Miss Gabby and can be seen flirting with her through their adjoining fence.

Everyone comment below and say “Hi!” to our newest flock member Gabby (you can read her new bio on our Meet the Flock Page!) And consider adopting a duck or other animal from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue to help make a difference!

Update!! :

5 months later and Gabby has settled very well into being a member of our flock!

Check out her latest ⇒ diary entry to read about her love story and find out how she has progressed!

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