When our pets get sick, we can take them to the veterinarian, but what happens when wild animals need that same help?
Noah had an ark, but Terry Morse and her husband John have a sanctuary. A place that heals and offers rehabilitation services to wild animals that need assistance.
“It's the right thing to do," said Morse.
Just last year alone the sanctuary took in over four-hundred and thirty animals. Volunteers support the animals’ needs until they get healthy enough to be released.
"We try to be gentle with them, we try to let them relax in a dark, quiet, warm place and just try to keep their stress level down,” said Morse.
The Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary is a place of second chances. Taking care of Alabama’s native animals before they go back into the wild where they belong.
"Once they get better they start getting a little cranky and they say thank you very much but we're ready to go and we're ready for them to go at that point too," said Morse.
Visitors are welcomed but only to help out with therapy. The sanctuary doesn't want animals getting too comfortable with humans before they are sent back to their natural habitats.
"Wildlife does not make a good pet. They're doing more for that animal if they get the right help so that we can keep its wild integrity. We do a good job here but mama always does the best job,” said Morse.
The Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Enterprise off of Highway 84. If you find an animal that needs help or if you would like to volunteer please contact 334-447-8111.