According to Wildlife On The Move President/Program Presenter Eric Brittingham,
“North Texas Giving Day has been the driving force and main fundraising campaign that has provided additional annual support to their Animal Care Fund and Live Animal Educational Programming that has reached an audience of 450,000 people and traversed more than 300,000 miles. Over the past seven years of participation in giving day and encouraging the community to get up, go wild and give, Wildlife On The Move has been gifted well over $15,000 in supplemental funding that has enabled the organization to purchase much needed air-conditioning units and a generator for their critter compound, build new animal enclosures, and stock-up on necessary food, equipment, and animal husbandry supplies to sustain the 50 Animal Ambassadors in their care beyond their annual budget, as well as provide deep discounts and special rates for their Live and Virtual Animal Educational Presentations in order to ‘Bring Science to Life’ for underserved and under-resourced audiences.
“Despite the challenges and effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and losing over $15,000 in life-sustaining revenue from a large majority of their Live Animal Educational Presentations being canceled due to the crisis we all faced over the last two years, Wildlife On The Move continued to care for discarded, abandoned, and rescued animals like ‘Dude’ and ‘Lacey’ – the Virginia opossum siblings that lost their mom due to an unfortunate encounter with a car, ‘Hatari’ – the African spurred tortoise that was found wandering a DFW neighborhood, and ‘Lemony’ – the Burmese python that was living in a dog crate through the kind and generous support of the community through their monetary donations and participation in North Texas Giving Day.
“Wildlife On The Move wholeheartedly believes that it is not only important to care for wildlife in need, but it is equally important that people of all ages, students through adults remain connected to nature and go wild for learning even during these challenging times we have all faced, so they have remained committed to continuing their 16 year legacy of ‘Bringing Science to Life’ for Schools, Home School Groups, Daycares, Libraries, Festivals, Churches, Scouts, Camps, Organizations, Television, and Corporate Events even during the pandemic by pivoting to Goin’ Wild Video Ventures and Live Animal Online Streamed Events and were only able to continue this mission, expand their reach, and sustain their Animal Ambassador’s care during those difficult years and now into the future due to the direct support and kind donations from the community through their commitment, participation, and gracious gifts during North Texas Giving Day. So in order to further support the Animal Care Fund and Live Animal Educational Programming, Wildlife On The Move is kicking off a special giving campaign for 2022 entitled #SPARE to CARE. Please get up, go wild and give your spare change and dollars to care for animals in need on North Texas Giving Day!”
* Graphic/photo provided by Wildlife On The Move
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2021, $66 million was raised through 103,000 donors benefiting over 3,300 local nonprofits, bringing the 13-year total to over $441 million for our community. NTx Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.