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Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary Kicks off Capital Campaign

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Baby skunk at the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary Baby skunk at the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

A wildlife rehab center, which is housed in the founder's family home in Nelson County, is kicking off a capital campaign to build a permanent facility. The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary cares for orphaned or injured animals brought in from across central Virginia.

Cages surround the Schuyler home and  an upstairs room serves as a nursery for young wildlife. The sanctuary is launching its 'Taking Flight Fundraising Campaign' to raise $550,000 to build a new center on 20 acres of land on Wheeler's Cove Road.     

"There's a great need for facilities such as ours. If we can move and expand, have more cages, have more volunteers, we can take in a lot more animals - maybe even double the total, which is about 550 we've done so far this year," said Jessie Cole, wildlife rehabilitator at Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.

The nonprofit sanctuary has collected enough donations to break ground soon. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, click here.

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