Wild bird rehab facility on the brink of closure

ARAPAHOE COUNTY - When small birds and waterfowl get hurt, this is one of the few places in metro Denver where they can come to heal.

Debbie Strimple started Wild BIRD -a rehabilitation center -14 years ago, when her daughter left for college.

"I was really lonely," she said.

If she was an empty nester then, she's a multi-nester now.

"Since then, we've had 32,000 birds come through our doors," she said. "Every year I get to be a mom."

It's a passion project with little pay, that may soon be coming to an end.

The rehab center is nestled in an Arapahoe County neighborhood zoned for only residential property. Neighbors have complained for years about the noise. The county says they need to leave by Aug. 31.

"If we look down the road, it's too depressing, honestly," she said.

Over the next few months, Strimple says they'll need to raise at least $300,000 to move into a permanent facility in Wheat Ridge. The goal seems monumental since the facility runs entirely on private donations

"Right now, we're at $25,000," she said. "If we close, it's going to be real tough for me because every summer, it will be like this great loss. This gift that I have, I can't give it away."

For now, Strimple concentrates on care instead of cash, while hoping for a wing and a prayer.

To donate to help them, visit http://igg.me/at/wildbirdnewnest

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