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WildTalk's Official Spring Newsletter
Volume 1 - Issue
April 1999

Welcome to Spring

Springtime brings back warm temps. and new life, new beginnings, new challenges. WildTalk has changed somewhat, and for us, Spring is a time of newness and birth. We hope that the coming year is filled with joy and good things for you and yours!

For 2yrs past, WildTalk was an affiliate to our parent non profit, Friends For Life. We then became Friends for Life/WildTalk. It was a merger that benefited animals in the south east sector of the U.S. as well as the mid west. Two facilities with the same vision, working towards the same goals. This past November, encouraged by events that transpired prior, WildTalk applied for 501c-3 non profit states with the IRS on its merit. And was approved its non profit states retroactive November 98. WildTalk still works hand in hand with Friends for Life, Inc. Unification is the key component in helping animals world wide! Education, and a united family of caring animal people will be the key to making a better future for the animal kingdom.

We can no longer sit back and be species specific when the cry for help goes out!! With the approach of the millennium, we MUST unite. We must work together, as a team and family for the same goals, no matter our geographical location. Networking is critical! No one facility can take in every animal in the world. Neither can one of two people do all the work. By networking, we can help many, many more animals. Each and everyone affiliated with WildTalk, no matter your location or financial situation, YOU can help, by teaching one to teach one to care!

I am asking that anyone involved with WildTalk in any capacity, that you HELP in any way you can with writing letters, mail or faxes when the Wolf Alliance International sends out bulletins. Without the WAI, Trapper would NOT be alive today. Without the WAI, Tiger Haven would not have gotten the reprieve that it did, nor would the animals have the safety that public awareness provides.

I want to thank each and every one of you in advance for the help you will give through out the coming year!

Last Sept., WildTalk got involved in the rescue of a Canadian Lynx, you all know as Trapper. Trapper was no stranger to us at WildTalk, for Trapper was one of the 1995 fur farm baby rescues . . . Trapper was one of the successes. Until his unfortunate ordeal in Illinois and subsequent confiscation. WildTalk, with help from Friends for Life, Inc., and the Wolf Alliance International (WAI) working together as a united team, were instrumental in securing the release of Trapper from Illinois and certain death. Many of you wrote letters and sent mail and faxes when the call for help went out. We are so grateful to all of those that participated in Trappers rescue. Trapper is doing very well, he was not wild about winter, but who is? He is still in legal limbo, but he is safe and loved and provided for here at WildTalk. Anyone wishing to sponsor Trapper, or help with his upkeep, it is greatly needed and very much appreciated.

I want to thank Linda Porasso, WAI, for her construction of a web site page for Trapper's story on the Internet. Thank you Linda! Linda's commitment to our wild friends goes above and beyond the norm. It is with great joy as well as privilege to announce the official affiliateship statis of the WAI, Linda Porasso, with WildTalk, as its parent non profit. We welcome the WAI! Linda's vision and commitment is to education as well as awareness. The WAI is not just about Wolves . . . it is about all wildlife, as well as domestic animals. The WAI's fast action and UNITY of members is what saved Trapper and also the 66 big cats of Tiger Haven, in Roane, CO. Tennessee.

The Wolf Alliance International, keeps us all up to date, aware and helps to educate in wildlife issues as well as public lands, YOUR AMERICA! I don't have enough hours in a day to do the research in all areas that the WAI has resources in. We all benefit from sisterhood with the WAI. I go beyond asking, in regards to family, team and members in general in that when a WAI alert or updates comes to us, each of you involved with WILDTALK in any capacity, do what ever you can to help our affiliate, The Wolf Alliance. They have been there EACH AND EVERY time for us, and have been there for the 66 Big Cats at Tiger Haven. The WAI has factually documented much information in regards to the true agenda of PETA. I personally have known and spoken of PETA's true agenda for over two yrs. I would recommend checking the sites personally, and soon, it is my understanding that the WAI will have a web site up in regards to the "TRUTHS' about PETA.

Thank you Linda, Ladywolf, and Whisper, as well as everyone associated with the WAI for your dedication and commitment to excellence and the preservation of our natural resources, our wildlife.

WildTalk's first official meeting as a non profit organization took place Thursday, March 25th at the home of June Dune; Palos Heights, Illinois.

Attending were myself, Karen Podella, June Dunn, Ginger Butchart, Colleen Lemke, Melanie M. Officers were voted on. Being that WildTalk is in its infancy stages, elected terms are at this time, two yr. periods. Active members have one vote as a single member, two votes as a family membership. Also, discussed was the possibility and feasibility of Internet chat meetings, set at specific times and dates where members from out of state or members not able to attend local meetings, could participate and be directly involved. Considerations were for those with ICQ access, also Yahoo has chat access now, instant messaging, as well as AOL. Those of you that would like to participate, or if you have ideas, please e-mail, write or call, and give us your input.

Discussed were ideas on fundraising. Also, having an "idea box" in our newsletter/ and at the Internet site. . . that you can send us your ideas to make WildTalk a great organization. Where there can always be sanctuary for any animal in need, long or short term. One idea was to have items to auction at places like E-Bay on the Internet. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact us. We also have exhibits, and it was suggested by one member we have a raffle. Ail, one of our Lynx team family offered to donate the "Princess Bear" Beanie Baby. We have many Beanie Babies available for a minimum donation, many are retired or hard to find Beanies.

Your input is valued and appreciated, so write, call or e-mail us! Let us know what you think!Springtime brings back warm temps. and new life, new beginnings, new challenges. WildTalk has changed somewhat, and for us, Spring is a time of newness and birth. We hope that the coming year is filled with joy and good things for you and yours!

For 2yrs past, WildTalk was an affiliate to our parent non profit, Friends For Life. We then became Friends for Life/WildTalk. It was a merger that benefited animals in the south east sector of the U.S. as well as the mid west. Two facilities with the same vision, working towards the same goals. This past November, encouraged by events that transpired prior, WildTalk applied for 501c-3 non profit states with the IRS on its merit. And was approved its non profit states retroactive November 98. WildTalk still works hand in hand with Friends for Life, Inc. Unification is the key component in helping animals world wide! Education, and a united family of caring animal people will be the key to making a better future for the animal kingdom.

We can no longer sit back and be species specific when the cry for help goes out!! With the approach of the millennium, we MUST unite. We must work together, as a team and family for the same goals, no matter our geographical location. Networking is critical! No one facility can take in every animal in the world. Neither can one of two people do all the work. By networking, we can help many, many more animals. Each and everyone affiliated with WildTalk, no matter your location or financial situation, YOU can help, by teaching one to teach one to care!

I am asking that anyone involved with WildTalk in any capacity, that you HELP in any way you can with writing letters, mail or faxes when the Wolf Alliance International sends out bulletins. Without the WAI, Trapper would NOT be alive today. Without the WAI, Tiger Haven would not have gotten the reprieve that it did, nor would the animals have the safety that public awareness provides.

I want to thank each and every one of you in advance for the help you will give through out the coming year!

Last Sept., WildTalk got involved in the rescue of a Canadian Lynx, you all know as Trapper. Trapper was no stranger to us at WildTalk, for Trapper was one of the 1995 fur farm baby rescues . . . Trapper was one of the successes. Until his unfortunate ordeal in Illinois and subsequent confiscation. WildTalk, with help from Friends for Life, Inc., and the Wolf Alliance International (WAI) working together as a united team, were instrumental in securing the release of Trapper from Illinois and certain death. Many of you wrote letters and sent mail and faxes when the call for help went out. We are so grateful to all of those that participated in Trappers rescue. Trapper is doing very well, he was not wild about winter, but who is? He is still in legal limbo, but he is safe and loved and provided for here at WildTalk. Anyone wishing to sponsor Trapper, or help with his upkeep, it is greatly needed and very much appreciated.

I want to thank Linda Porasso, WAI, for her construction of a web site page for Trapper's story on the Internet. Thank you Linda! Linda's commitment to our wild friends goes above and beyond the norm. It is with great joy as well as privilege to announce the official affiliateship statis of the WAI, Linda Porasso, with WildTalk, as its parent non profit. We welcome the WAI! Linda's vision and commitment is to education as well as awareness. The WAI is not just about Wolves . . . it is about all wildlife, as well as domestic animals. The WAI's fast action and UNITY of members is what saved Trapper and also the 66 big cats of Tiger Haven, in Roane, CO. Tennessee.

The Wolf Alliance International, keeps us all up to date, aware and helps to educate in wildlife issues as well as public lands, YOUR AMERICA! I don't have enough hours in a day to do the research in all areas that the WAI has resources in. We all benefit from sisterhood with the WAI. I go beyond asking, in regards to family, team and members in general in that when a WAI alert or updates comes to us, each of you involved with WILDTALK in any capacity, do what ever you can to help our affiliate, The Wolf Alliance. They have been there EACH AND EVERY time for us, and have been there for the 66 Big Cats at Tiger Haven. The WAI has factually documented much information in regards to the true agenda of PETA. I personally have known and spoken of PETA's true agenda for over two yrs. I would recommend checking the sites personally, and soon, it is my understanding that the WAI will have a web site up in regards to the "TRUTHS' about PETA.

Thank you Linda, Ladywolf, and Whisper, as well as everyone associated with the WAI for your dedication and commitment to excellence and the preservation of our natural resources, our wildlife. WildTalk's first official meeting as a non profit organization took place Thursday, March 25th at the home of June Dune; Palos Heights, Illinois.

Attending were myself, Karen Podella, June Dunn, Ginger Butchart, Colleen Lemke, Melanie M. Officers were voted on. Being that WildTalk is in its infancy stages, elected terms are at this time, two yr. periods. Active members have one vote as a single member, two votes as a family membership. Also, discussed was the possibility and feasibility of Internet chat meetings, set at specific times and dates where members from out of state or members not able to attend local meetings, could participate and be directly involved. Considerations were for those with ICQ access, also Yahoo has chat access now, instant messaging, as well as AOL. Those of you that would like to participate, or if you have ideas, please e-mail, write or call, and give us your input.

Discussed were ideas on fundraising. Also, having an "idea box" in our newsletter/ and at the Internet site. . . that you can send us your ideas to make WildTalk a great organization. Where there can always be sanctuary for any animal in need, long or short term. One idea was to have items to auction at places like E-Bay on the Internet. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact us. We also have exhibits, and it was suggested by one member we have a raffle. Ail, one of our Lynx team family offered to donate the "Princess Bear" Beanie Baby. We have many Beanie Babies available for a minimum donation, many are retired or hard to find Beanies.

Your input is valued and appreciated, so write, call or e-mail us! Let us know what you think!!

The Spring newsletter is our first of four yearly. Our goal is quarterly newsletters. As well as quarterly meetings, held at different members homes, with the summer meeting at WildTalk so members can meet the animals and the weather will be enjoyable, excluding rain!! The Spring Newsletter is a complimentary issue. Further issues, it is suggested that a minimum donation towards publishing and postage would be $3.00 donation per issue. Or if you choose to continue on a long term basis with us, yearly, we offer membership, single $25, family $35, corporate membership $100 minimum. Memberships include 4 quarterly newsletter issues, an 8x10 of a listed animal and its history, visitation at the facility, membership card and opportunities for special activities. Ex. Cuzco's Private birthday party.

Sponsorships as well as adoptions are also available. A listing is being compiled, with a photo of the animal you can sponsor, description and story of how they came to have sanctuary here at WildTalk. An adoption page is also being put together. Many domestic animals need forever homes, in the Spring, many kittens are dropped off! This past week, we took in a hedgehog. Last month, we took in an alligator from Illinois! Last Fall, two large boa constrictors came in as rescues, EACH were SUCCESSFULLY placed in qualified forever homes with reptile people. Our own resident hedgehog, Harli, was a rescue, her mother died and all the babies had to be fed with a syringe. Harli goes into schools and other groups as an educational ambassador and will live at WildTalk all her life. She came to us when she was a little over a week old. You can personally sponsor "Harli" for a $10 a month commitment on a semi annual basis or yrly. She is VERY photogenic!! You will love her 8x10 photo!! Children wishing to adopt Harli will receive her photo and updates, cost for children under 12 is $1.00 per mo. We are also planning a children's activity page in the near future, for those of you with Internet access.

Since this was WildTalk's first meeting, we are open to members suggestions and input!! So share your ideas and creativity!! Join our family with a yrly membership! Your membership helps with maintaining the sanctuary, feeding the animals, as well as veterinary needs. As well as rescue efforts, legal assistance for animals in jeopardy like "Trapper", and quality educational programming. Without private donations and funding, WildTalk can not survive. The animals depend on humans today for their care and needs. If you aren't a member, won't you join our family this season?

Something new and different that was voted on was that we will have a MEMORIAL section in each issue. Please send a brief tribute and if you would like, a photo also. We will be adding the memorial section to the WildTalk website. Our Memorial Tribute section is dedicated in memory of Tammy's best friend Critter who crossed over the Bridge of Forever, and Mark P. in memory of his beloved Tigger. Thank you Tammy and Mark, for your donations to the WildOnes in memory of the loss of your beloved felines. We too mourn their passing, as well as the memory of Kanuk, Dakota, Wicca, Spirits Summer Warrior, and our own Tiny Tim prior to Christmas. They are forever with us in our hearts and memories.

We will have a "new member" section with each seasonal newsletter issue. As well as a "needs list". WildTalk depends on your gifts and donations. Without your support, we would not be able to help the number of animals that come to us on a transient as well as permanent basis. You our members and friends, are their "hope" for a better future. WildTalk provides quality educational programming year round, rescue of exotic as well as domestic and ferral animals without discrimination to species. We have a data base of other like minded individuals also doing rescue, though they may be breed specific. We must all work together and unite for the betterment of the animal kingdom. Animals are in peril world wide, as well as in our own backyards and communities. Education is CRITICAL in the survival of many species. WildTalk provides 24 hour Internet e-mail service for any animal related issue. We encourage and invite others to network with us. Our area or expertise is small and large felide carnivores and other exotics. Many times we get a call or have other domestics brought here or calls to go and rescue a dog or domestic cat, even horses. WildTalk cannot facilitate every animal that comes here. Networking is a vital part of our success.

If you know someone who would like to participate, please contact us with the information and species/breed that you can help with full time, part time, foster care, transport, or forever homes. WildTalk provides resources as well as immediate help. Volunteers at either location, Wisconsin or Illinois are ALWAYS needed and appreciated. Those volunteers, committing to specific terms, monthly, semi annually, annually, will be provided references that will assist you in job placement in animal career choices. Internships will be available in the very near future. Contact either June Dunn in Illinois, Karen or myself in Wisconsin for more information.

This issue will be largely dedicated to thanking many of you that have helped the animals at WildTalk this past year! As well as those that help make it possible for WildTalk to continue providing quality educational programming in schools, senior groups, hospice situations, environmental groups, private home visits for homebound or special needs friends, etc.

Our goals are quality educational programming, raising awareness for the survival of endangered and threatened species, and to "teach one to teach one to care". Our vision is "Peace, Harmony, Understanding and UNITY." "Respect life and save habitat".

Each issue will include information, medical or technical that will help improve the quality of our pets lives. We encourage you to participate in sending articles you write, or suggestions on what you would like more information on. The success of an organization is not based on the work of one individual or two, it is the COLLECTIVE resources of the entire Team! Each of you have something to contribute to us all. Please share your knowledge! Teach one to teach one to care!

We would like to hear your personal stories, animals tips, as well as photos of your own "wild ones," no matter whether they are domestic or exotic! We would like to put up a page on the WildTalk website titles "Family Album" of our members furred or feathered as well as finned or scaled family members! So send us your"babies" photos!

The Spring newsletter is our first of four yearly. Our goal is quarterly newsletters. As well as quarterly meetings, held at different members homes, with the summer meeting at WildTalk so members can meet the animals and the weather will be enjoyable, excluding rain!! The Spring Newsletter is a complimentary issue. Further issues, it is suggested that a minimum donation towards publishing and postage would be $3.00 donation per issue. Or if you choose to continue on a long term basis with us, yearly, we offer membership, single $25, family $35, corporate membership $100 minimum. Memberships include 4 quarterly newsletter issues, an 8x10 of a listed animal and its history, visitation at the facility, membership card and opportunities for special activities. Ex. Cuzco's Private birthday party.

Sponsorships as well as adoptions are also available. A listing is being compiled, with a photo of the animal you can sponsor, description and story of how they came to have sanctuary here at WildTalk. An adoption page is also being put together. Many domestic animals need forever homes, in the Spring, many kittens are dropped off! This past week, we took in a hedgehog. Last month, we took in an alligator from Illinois! Last Fall, two large boa constrictors came in as rescues, EACH were SUCCESSFULLY placed in qualified forever homes with reptile people. Our own resident hedgehog, Harli, was a rescue, her mother died and all the babies had to be fed with a syringe. Harli goes into schools and other groups as an educational ambassador and will live at WildTalk all her life. She came to us when she was a little over a week old. You can personally sponsor "Harli" for a $10 a month commitment on a semi annual basis or yrly. She is VERY photogenic!! You will love her 8x10 photo!! Children wishing to adopt Harli will receive her photo and updates, cost for children under 12 is $1.00 per mo. We are also planning a children's activity page in the near future, for those of you with Internet access.

Since this was WildTalk's first meeting, we are open to members suggestions and input!! So share your ideas and creativity!! Join our family with a yrly membership! Your membership helps with maintaining the sanctuary, feeding the animals, as well as veterinary needs. As well as rescue efforts, legal assistance for animals in jeopardy like "Trapper", and quality educational programming. Without private donations and funding, WildTalk can not survive. The animals depend on humans today for their care and needs. If you aren't a member, won't you join our family this season?

Something new and different that was voted on was that we will have a MEMORIAL section in each issue. Please send a brief tribute and if you would like, a photo also. We will be adding the memorial section to the WildTalk website. Our Memorial Tribute section is dedicated in memory of Tammy's best friend Critter who crossed over the Bridge of Forever, and Mark P. in memory of his beloved Tigger. Thank you Tammy and Mark, for your donations to the WildOnes in memory of the loss of your beloved felines. We too mourn their passing, as well as the memory of Kanuk, Dakota, Wicca, Spirits Summer Warrior, and our own Tiny Tim prior to Christmas. They are forever with us in our hearts and memories.

We will have a "new member" section with each seasonal newsletter issue. As well as a "needs list". WildTalk depends on your gifts and donations. Without your support, we would not be able to help the number of animals that come to us on a transient as well as permanent basis. You our members and friends, are their "hope" for a better future. WildTalk provides quality educational programming year round, rescue of exotic as well as domestic and ferral animals without discrimination to species. We have a data base of other like minded individuals also doing rescue, though they may be breed specific. We must all work together and unite for the betterment of the animal kingdom. Animals are in peril world wide, as well as in our own backyards and communities. Education is CRITICAL in the survival of many species. WildTalk provides 24 hour Internet e-mail service for any animal related issue. We encourage and invite others to network with us. Our area or expertise is small and large felide carnivores and other exotics. Many times we get a call or have other domestics brought here or calls to go and rescue a dog or domestic cat, even horses. WildTalk cannot facilitate every animal that comes here. Networking is a vital part of our success.

If you know someone who would like to participate, please contact us with the information and species/breed that you can help with full time, part time, foster care, transport, or forever homes. WildTalk provides resources as well as immediate help. Volunteers at either location, Wisconsin or Illinois are ALWAYS needed and appreciated. Those volunteers, committing to specific terms, monthly, semi annually, annually, will be provided references that will assist you in job placement in animal career choices. Internships will be available in the very near future. Contact either June Dunn in Illinois, Karen or myself in Wisconsin for more information.

This issue will be largely dedicated to thanking many of you that have helped the animals at WildTalk this past year! As well as those that help make it possible for WildTalk to continue providing quality educational programming in schools, senior groups, hospice situations, environmental groups, private home visits for homebound or special needs friends, etc.

Our goals are quality educational programming, raising awareness for the survival of endangered and threatened species, and to "teach one to teach one to care". Our vision is "Peace, Harmony, Understanding and UNITY." "Respect life and save habitat".

Each issue will include information, medical or technical that will help improve the quality of our pets lives. We encourage you to participate in sending articles you write, or suggestions on what you would like more information on. The success of an organization is not based on the work of one individual or two, it is the COLLECTIVE resources of the entire Team! Each of you have something to contribute to us all. Please share your knowledge! Teach one to teach one to care!!

We would like to hear your personal stories, animals tips, as well as photos of your own "wild ones," no matter whether they are domestic or exotic! We would like to put up a page on the WildTalk website titles "Family Album" of our members furred or feathered as well as finned or scaled family members! So send us your"babies" photos!