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Fla. Wildlife Center Has Big Fan in Little Girl

10-year-old says "They are heroes to me."

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Ten-year-old Emily DeArmas is passionate about animals and thinks the Wildlife Care Center in Broward County, Fla., is the best.

  • Emily asks that children and adults alike do their homework and adopt a pet instead of buy one.

Hi. My name is Emily DeArmas and I am 10 years old.

What I love about animals is that they put a smile on my face whenever I see one. This is because I always had a special spot in my heart for them.

What I don’t get is the way some people treat these loving creatures. I know some animals might seem scary at first, but once you understand them, they seem to understand you. They respect you, they are always there for you, and they always make you happy. They are like angels from heaven above, and that’s the way people should think about animals.

If animals aren’t your “thing,” I understand, but no one should hurt them.

I know all about this stuff because I’m a member of the Wildlife Care Center. At the center they have incubators that are humongous. They feed the baby squirrels and raccoons by tiny bottles. And it doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine, they are ALWAYS on the move and working really hard for these helpless animals.

If I were an animal, I’d be VERY lucky that I would be taken care of from these guys! Like if I were a duckling, I would be in a comfy, warm incubator. If I were a pelican, I would be in a huge pen full of other pelicans and even have my own pool. If I were a vulture, I would be in a space probably bigger than an average size house!

It’s just amazing what the people at the Wildlife Care Center do. They are heroes to me. One of my goals in life is going to be just like them one day.

The best part of the center is when a wild animal has been healed from injuries, health issues, or anything like that, and can be put back into the wild! Then the wildlife ambulance drives as long as it takes to get to the destination where the animal is going to be released.

Animals like farm animals like pigs, goats, chickens and roosters, and even rabbits stay there until they are adopted. Yep, that’s right, adoptions are held there, too! You could also help by bringing in donations. So I encourage everyone to help animals.

And if you’re thinking about getting a pet, be sure you do your homework, and ADOPT.

I want to say a last thank you to the Wildlife Care Center and The Humane Society of the United States for all they do for the animals!

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