Taking in wounded or sick wild animals – and rehabilitating them – is a labor of love for the dedicated volunteers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

“Volunteers give it their heart and soul,” said Kathy St. John of Boulder Creek, a volunteer with Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County. Handling jobs like feeding baby mammals, which must sometimes be done every two hours, require people to be available around the clock. “Our volunteers are often sleep-deprived,” St. John said. (Click here to read entire article.)