7-year-old helping wildlife for her birthday

Allison “Allie” Walker, 7, of Reedville has a huge love of animals.

Last summer she and her mother, April Walker, found a baby bird that had fallen from a tree. There was no question—the bird must be rescued. That is how Allie discovered Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation in Warsaw, said April.

The volunteers at Wild Bunch took in the bird to nurse it until it is strong enough to release, she said.

According to its website, Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation is devoted to helping native Virginia wildlife by sponsoring care for sick, injured and orphaned animals, by educating the public to prevent or resolve wildlife problems, and by operating a refuge for animal care and release.

 A few months later while discussing Allie’s seventh birthday plans, April Walker asked of Allie, “Don’t you think you have enough toys? Maybe you could ask for donations instead to help out someone else…”

Allie was very enthused with the idea. Instead of toys, guests brought dog food, birdseed, baby bottles, towels and other items to help Wild Bunch, said April Walker. Allie was thrilled to help out. Her friends and family gave enough things to fill the back of her mother’s van.

“Helping out is so much better,” said Allie, when asked if she felt she missed out on the toys.

The volunteers at Wild Bunch were very grateful to receive the donations, added April Walker.

To learn more about Wild Bunch, visit http://wildbunchrehab.org/ or call 313-2240.