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November 18, 2009

SPCA Wildlife Center Event

Palm Beach Residents Host SPCA Wildlife Care Center Event at Villa Invernale

Mark Brentlinger and Bryan McDonald hosted about 200 guests during a private event at their Jungle Road estate, Villa Invernale, Saturday to introduce the community to the critical work performed at the SPCA Wildlife Care Center, which recently joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States.

Wayne Pacelle, The HSUS' president and CEO, talked with guests about the partnership and the goals of the center: Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native wild animals who have been harmed or displaced; to treat and place certain needy domestic, exotic and farm animals; and to educate the public toward the co-existence with all animals.

"Even in crowded south Florida, there is an abundance of wildlife. Human-wildlife encounters are everywhere, and unfortunately some of them result in harm, usually to the animals," Pacelle said, in his blog about the event Monday. "The SPCA Wildlife Care Center is there to give the animals a second chance, and to give people a primary education in preventing harmful encounters in the first place."

The SPCA Wildlife Care Center is one of five animal care centers The HSUS operates, with three specializing in rescuing and releasing wildlife. The Broward County facility handles nearly 14,000 animals a year, including raptors, raccoons, rabbits and turtles.

Pacelle expressed gratitude to the hosts, Brentlinger and McDonald, for offering their extraordinary home to host the first event since the center joined forces with The HSUS, and expressed thanks for their continued concern for and support of animals.

There were approximately 200 attendees, including Herb Schmertz and Kay Gilman; Marjorie Gubelmann; John Christensen; Dr. David Dodson and Donna Ross; James Tigani; Susan and Tim Malloy; Susan and Dom Telesco; Don Burns and Greg Connors.

Guest Nicole Henry entertained attendees with an impromptu jazz performance. Massimo, a green wing macaw, whom the hosts adopted from the center, also made an appearance at the event.

Photos from the event are available upon request.

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