One Spring evening Patrick left for the store and didn’t return.
Some time later the phone ran and I heard his Dad speaking quietly into the phone,
“Ok. Is there anything I can do to help?”
And seconds later he hung up. Evidently, before Patrick could make it to the grocery store he had spotted an injured fawn on the side of the street. A precious baby deer, maybe seven months old that had been hit by a car. The driver had never stopped.
Amazingly, the fawn appeared to be in stable condition although it was clearly in shock.
Patrick had called to let us know that he was waiting on the side of the street--along with several other kind folks--for the owner of Kindred Spirits, a Fawn Rescue organization to show up and tend to this newly orphaned deer.
The woman was on her way, however it would be a 30 minute drive from her home.
Of course my first thought was Wow. Who does this?
Who gets into her car and drives for miles on a Sunday evening to save a scared, wounded animal—left alone in some neighborhood?
Diane Nicholas is the founder of Kindred Spirits, a non-profit, volunteer based organization that’s dedicated to saving these orphans. Each year she and her helpers answer several hundred phone calls from people –across the nation--who stop to help a wounded deer and don’t know what to do.
And they drive miles –at the drop of a hat--to pick them up.
making a difference
When we lived in Gold River, a neighborhood next to the river, we shared our surroundings with these beautiful creatures. And if you’ve ever been been lucky enough to wander quietly upon deer out in nature---you know their aura of peacefulness. It’s magical.
For those of you who—like me—can’t stand the idea of a helpless fawn being separated from its mother and left to die. Please click HERE and support Diane’s worthy mission. Diane’s organization –comprised only of her and her two helpers--has been nominated to receive a $10,000 grant from the Lady Godiva Program.
Money to help her continue to save these animals.
But she is the underdog in this contest and she needs our help.
Will you take a second and vote for her?
A happy ending
Oh, by the way Patrick’s fawn had no broken bones. She was treated by antibiotics and according to Diane, by the next day she was acting playful.
Here is a photo that Diane took of the actual fawn being released back into the wild. It had been hand-fed every two hours by Diane and her wild-life handlers after it was saved.
One quick look back at Diane… before it re-entered its natural habitat.
A ‘thank you’ glance maybe?
I certainly think so.
Diane just sent me this picture of her recent rescue. Three babies. Aren’t they precious?
This contest ends May 16, 2015. Vote HERE every 24 hours.
Good luck Diane I sure hope you win!!!
*excerpts of this post originally appeared on 4/20/12