SUISUN CITY — Supporters of the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center came out in force Saturday evening to help raise money for the nonprofit center.
The Lawler House Gallery hosted the fundraiser, which featured a silent auction to benefit the wildlife center.
One attendee was even reunited with an owl she rescued several years ago.
As the wildlife center’s Jennifer Jones showed off Milo, a one-eyed western screech owl, a woman in the small crowd observing some of the center’s animals, said she remembered bringing in an owl with an eye injury.
“He was up in the woods and he was hooting,” said Victoria Forristall, who lives in upper Green Valley, as she recounted the 2006 rescue. “I (hooted) back to him. I just picked him up and he didn’t resist at all.”
After seeing he had an eye injury, Forristall wrapped the owl in a blanket and took him to the wildlife center, where he’s been ever since.
“I did hear he had become sort of a mascot,” Forristall said, adding that she’s a big supporter of the center. “They do such a good job in rehabilitation.”
Jones said showing off the animals definitely helps to get people involved.
“I think it does help because you can explain animals and what we do to folks, but when you bring a wild animal in front of somebody, they get a better perspective on what we do and how we help these animals,” she said.
Other center volunteers showed off a gopher snake, a king snake and an opossum.
Longtime Suisun resident Angelo Cellini was also happy to be there and help out the center.
“My wife and I are really into wildlife and we’ve been out to visit the refuge,” Cellini said. “I thought we were members but just got informed that maybe we weren’t or maybe it expired, but we’re going to renew.”
He said his neighbor works at the center.
“It’s really neat, it’s something that people need to go out at take a look at,” Cellini said. “I though I’d come by to visit and see what critters we had.”
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