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Jefferson Award Winner: Patti Stangel


Colfax (WQOW)-  Each month WQOW News 18 highlights a volunteer who is going above and beyond to make a difference in their community. Patti Stangel is helping in a unique way by caring for our furry and feathered friends.

Tucked back in a corner of Colfax you'll find a woman who opens her door to all creatures. "Nothing is kept," explains Patti, "Everything has to go back to the wild. If they look and start coming back at you, well you screwed up." She laughs and says, "Mine usually want to get away as fast as they can."

Patti's non-profit, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Inc. is a virtual one woman show that last year provided a home to nearly 500 critters.  "I lose a lot of sleep and I have few more wrinkles and a lot more grey hair but that was going to happen anyway," laughs Patti.  "I guess, they're my children. And the more people I can touch to find out what they can do to help and how they can help, that's wonderful."

After White Pine, the area's only wildlife rehab center, closed 3 years ago Patti's dreams took flight. She's become the go to girl when a nurse is needed for injured animals. "The funding has been the worst part and the hardest part," adds Patti. " But, somehow and someway we'll get it done."

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release Inc. is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) tax deductible, registered charity.
E 9356 830th Ave.
Colfax, WI 54730

"Wish List"
Ice cream pails
Facial tissue (white)
Paper towels
Plastic lids 
Towels (all sizes)
Liquid laundry soap
Peanut butter
Bird seed, sunflower seed 
Corn (shelled and on the cob)
Nuts (in shell, unsalted)
Pet carriers (all sizes)
Heating pads
Kitten and puppy chow
Earth worms 
Pea gravel
Small bales of straw
Building materials
Golf cart
Used low mileage van or SUV
Gift Cards (Menards)
Gas Cards
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