Rescue Center Gives Hedgehogs New Life
North America’s only hedgehog rescue shelter began, you might say, in a flash of inspiration.
Hedgehog Deaths Spurred Shelter
“If Flash and Thelma hadn’t died when they did, we never would have gotten into the rescue business,” he says. “But it was just so traumatic that I got on the Internet, started looking for information about hedgehogs, and I found out there were no rescue organizations. This was in early 1998.”
It wasn’t long before the Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog Rescue of North America was born. And Standing Bear, the man who thought he was called to rescue only wolves, is its chief executive officer – and the chief hedgehog handler. A crew of volunteers – mostly Standing Bear’s university students – comes to the Fort Collins shelter daily to clean cages, feed and socialize the residents.
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