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Wildlife refuge lands grant

The increasing number of wildlife requiring aid in Western North Carolina will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the N.C. Veterinary Medical Association awarded to Asheville-based Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.

The nonprofit refuge was created by a group of environmental educators, licensed rehabilitators, nonprofit professionals and concerned citizens to care for injured and orphaned wildlife while also educating WNC communities on the benefits and importance of conservation. Currently, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is fundraising toward a triage center for injured wildlife. 

“I hope our donation aids in the refuge’s efforts to renovate its triage facility and accept wildlife by the end of the year, but I know our grant will be put to good use in the fight to save the hundreds of injured and orphaned wildlife in the area,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA.

The award is part of NCVMA’s High Five grant program, which recognizes North Carolina organizations showing great compassion for people and animals by promoting community service and health for North Carolinians and their pets.

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