Help Fund Wildlife Sanctuaries

Target: John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

Goal: Give state funding to wildlife rescues and sanctuaries in Colorado.

Wildlife rescues struggle to answer all the calls they get about local wildlife in need of help. Many rescues are filled to capacity, while others are simply understaffed and unable to take on the numerous cases every day. When wildlife rescues can’t step in to save an animal, the result is a tragic and unnecessary death. Wildlife rehabilitation takes a lot of work and a lot of dedication in order to be successful.

Giving state funding to wildlife rescues and sanctuaries would provide them with more resources. They would have the ability to respond to more calls about injured wildlife. Calling a wildlife rescue about an injured animal can be frustrating for everyone involved. Many rescues don’t have the manpower to send someone out or house the rescued animal. Most people that come across an injured animal don’t have any supplies with them that would allow them to help the animal.

With an increase in funds and general support, wildlife rescues would be able to save more animals each year. As humans continue to encroach on wildlife territory, there are more cases of wild animals becoming injured due to human activity. Rescues and sanctuaries could also put resources towards educating the public on living with wildlife and what to do if they found an injured wild animal. If the public were more aware of how they impact wild animals, there would be a decrease in wildlife accidents. When an accident would occur, there would also be a higher chance of survival for the animal.

By involving the state with funding wildlife rescues, Colorado would be placing an importance on the lives of animals. People would be more aware of the need for wildlife rehabilitators if they were more aware of the number of animals injured every year. One of the draws of Colorado is the wildlife that calls this place home. It’s time Coloradoans showed the country that their wildlife matters. Please sign this petition and urge the state of Colorado to implement state funding for wildlife rescues and sanctuaries.


Dear Governor Hickenlooper,

Colorado’s wildlife needs some extra help. While wildlife rescues and sanctuaries exist throughout the state, many of them lack the resources to take on all the injured animals. The lack of resources results in the deaths of animals that could have been saved with a little medical attention.

For many injured wild animals, return to the wild isn’t an option. But, that shouldn’t mean that their lives are cut short. There are many sanctuaries dedicated to housing wild animals that simply cannot survive in the wild. These sanctuaries require a lot of work, but they also provide education opportunities for the public. Without these places, many people wouldn’t know how their lives are impacting animals. It’s also a great way to teach the public about the animals that reside in Colorado and their value. The public understand the importance of wildlife preservation once they have seen these animals up close.

With additional support from the state, rescues would have the ability to save more animals. They would have the resources and staffing needed to expand their operations. Medical equipment could be updated, which would save more lives. Colorado has some unique wildlife; let’s not lose them because of inadequate resources. I urge you to implement state funding for wildlife rescues and sanctuaries.


[Your Name Here]

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