Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Soarin Hawk recently was awarded two grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in support of our mission.  The first grant of $5,000 specifically supports the salary our Veterinary Technician who recently graduated from Purdue University.  The last two years has seen a tremendous increase in the number of raptor ‘patients’ that we had taken in.  20 years of being on call for Soarin Hawk was taking a toll on our sole veterinary provider, Dr. Pat Funnell DVM.  The board agreed that it was time to hire a vet- tech, which was a big step for Soarin Hawk, as we have always relied on volunteers. 

Whether by luck or providence, the very next morning we received an email from a veterinary student from Purdue who asked if we had any openings.  The student came from one of the best Veterinary school’s in the country, was a native of Fort Wayne, and had interned at a nationally recognized wildlife center and loved it. 

The second grant of $400 goes toward operating costs, which increase with each bird taken in and cared for. 

Bottom line is that the grants from the Community Foundation of GFW enabled us to expand our veterinary team when we needed it most.   We thank the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne for coming to the rescue.

 

Sincerely,

Michael Dobbs VicePresident

Soarin Hawk