Saturday, August 2, 2008

Very very cool place- wonderful woman!

Today we went to Fallin Pines Critter Rescue in Christmas Florida. The owner, Shirley Canaan, is a treasure of a woman. She has four acres of the most tastefully done cages and enclosures you can imagine. I don't know the exact count of exotic animals at her place but I would guess at LEAST 75. Some are permanent residents and some are adoptable. She has kangaroos, wallabies, prevost squirrels- our personal favorites, African Grey Parrots, Macaws, Lovebirds, ground squirrels, chickens, ducks, baby calves, bunnies, tortoises, a Nile Monitor (her personal favorite - NOT) and a horse, LORD, I can't remember everything. And above all, lots of baby squirrels that she hand feeds every four hours around the clock. She has a contract with Orange County and when an exotic animal is brought to them, it goes straight to Shirley. Once she had 69 baby squirrels at ONE TIME. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW IMPOSSIBLE THAT WOULD BE???????????????? Amazing woman. And that 69 may be another number- I am awful with numbers, but it was HUGE. I have hand fed baby squirrels and let me tell you, it is a HUGE TIME COMMITMENT and very very wearying. She was gracious, friendly and best of all, has the best sense of humor and we loved her. She is not open to the public- but we were buying a cage from her for our outdoor sunning time and so she let us see the place- what a treasure she is. I highly recommend donating to Shirley's rescue work- she does what few people are willing to do and she has not gone on vacation even for ONE DAY since 1988. She has few volunteers- really only a great couple that come each weekend to help her- and she is always gracious and cheerful on the phone which she has attached to her hip at all times, as Orange County calls at all hours, even two in the morning. Here are some pics from her website as my DANG CAMERA died there- I WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD. We're going to go back and donate a day to her- we don't have any money but we do have time and since we're a rescue we know what needs to be done and she makes a list. She thinks we won't come back (she gets a lot of empty promises) but she doesn't know the Trinkles. :) WE LOVE YOU SHIRLEY!!!!!!!!! Here is the link to Shirley's place-

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