Many people have questions about who We Care Wildlife Sanctuary is, and what it is that we do. Following are some key questions that we are often asked, and general answers that we feel apply in most situation.
Q. What kinds of animals do you house and care for?
A. We generally take in exotic animals, because they have special health, dietary, environmental and handling needs that most shelters cannot accommodate.
Q. Do you rely on donations to operate the sanctuary?
A. Yes. WCWS generates very little income from its activities, so it relies almost entirely on the generosity of animal lovers and those who are interested in reducing the suffering of abandoned exotic animals.
Q. Are donations to WCWS tax deductible?
A. Please insert your own disclaimer here, because we are not tax experts. Having said that, We Care Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 not for profit, volunteer and donor-supported exotic animal sanctuary based in the San Antonio, Texas area, and we sought the 501(c)3 status from the IRS because we want people to be able to deduct their donations to WCWS as a charitable donation on their income tax returns. The IRS and legal counsel have told us that for those who make donations to WCWS, to the extent that they qualify to deduct any charitable donation on their tax returns (church donations, etc), they should be able to deduct donations made to WCWS. Please seek advice from your own tax professional if you have any questions.
Q. Do you accept non-monetary donations?
A. Yes! If you are a skilled craftsman or a professional who would like to donate your services to WCWS, we very much appreciate your contributions! We need help with construction, maintenance, accounting, legal, fences, painting, veterinary, flatwork, ironwork, signage, road construction, electrical, plumbing, framing, etc. We also need materials and supplies, including food, building materials, paint, sealer, fencing, etc. We need it all!
Q. Who are the organizers or managers of WCWS?
A. The WCWS founders and operational managers are Armando Mendez and Josué Santiago. Josué Santiago has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine.
Q. How many exotic animals do you house and care for at WCWS?
A. We currently house over 100 animals. This includes around 40 turtles and tortoises, including Galapagos tortoises. We house close to 30 different primates, as well as monkeys and gibbon apes, camels, parrots, toucans, etc.
Q. Do you have a “Mission” by which you operate the WCWS?
A. We have given this a great deal of thought, and attempt to sum up our goals and operational philosophies as follows:
- We serve as a voice and helping hand for all the abandoned, injured, neglected and unwanted exotic animals.
- We are ambassadors for the animal kingdom, and dedicate our heart and soul to the welfare of those that need our care.
- Our team is passionate about the rescue, rehabilitation and overall quality of life for all of our resident animals.
Q. What types of animals does WCWS usually take in?
A. We Care Wildlife Sanctuary generally takes in and cares for surrendered exotic animals. These come mostly from 1) the exotic pet trade, and some are 2) recycled breeders, while others are just 3) too old and weak for the pet and breeding trade.
A. Can I volunteer to help at the sanctuary even if I don’t have specirfic exotic animal skills?
A. YES! We have many fun activities planned and organized around helping with the animals and their various needs, which require no particular skills. You can see what some of these fun volunteer activities include by visiting the Volunteer page>