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AWARE - Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort

Watch This Is Atlanta on PBA30 Atlanta's PBS StationOne of the most rewarding experiences for Michael Ellis, founder and director of the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) is to release an animal back into the wild after nursing it back to health.

In addition to rehabilitating sick or injured wildlife, the mission of this organization is to educate the public about the environment and its wildlife, and the importance of protecting and preserving it.

The AWARE Wildlife Center is located on seven magnificent acres near Arabia Mountain in Lithonia. It is the first center of its kind for wildlife rehabilitation of all species in the metro Atlanta area.

Currently, education and wildlife rehabilitation efforts are taking place in the main house at the center. Plans are in place for the construction of an education center that will provide visitors with a fascinating look into the environment and the wildlife surrounding it.

The center will also have a select number of non-releasable native animals in non-evasive exhibition cages to act as “ambassadors of education.” Visitors will be able to learn more about the animals through close encounters with these “ambassadors of education”.

The animal care facility will enable AWARE to provide the finest care available for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife with a veterinary technician on staff and qualified wildlife veterinarians available to the center 24 hours a day.

Volunteers are what make or break an organization like AWARE. This organization is always in need of dedicated volunteers who enjoy hard work and the great outdoors. Many have gone on to become veterinarians; and a number student interns have become wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

So, if you think you would enjoy working 16 to 18 hours a day feeding infant, sick, or injured animals, cleaning cages, or just helping out wherever you’re needed contact Michael Ellis and his team of volunteers at the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort.

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