My name is Linda. I am a retired Registered Nurse. I have been volunteering at the Wildlife Center two days per week, year round, for about twelve years. When I am at the Wildlife Center, I am checking critical cases. I assist in whatever medical procedures I am asked to assist with. I start the morning feeding of the mammals, but depending on what is needed, I could be doing something completely different.
Why do I care?
Even when I was a little girl, playing with my dolls, I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to stop pain and suffering. Being a nurse for forty years, that is really what I tried to do. When that chapter of my life concluded, it was my work at the Wildlife Center that enabled me to make the transition. I still have patients. They are these amazing animals instead of people. My work at the Center has given me a new love for the animals and the delicate balance in nature. I never knew the importance of each part of the food chain and the ways we impact the ecosystem. I wake up looking forward to my work at the Wildlife Center. Usually, at the end of the day, I am not ready to leave.