Parker County Today May 2018 - Page 88

our pets: MINIATURE HORSES Katee’s Kritters — Saving the Wild Davidson Family Working Together in Animal Rescue By ETHAN EVANS Photos by TRISTAN EVANS Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter Giving Second Chances Campaign $1.65 Million Goal to improve The WPCAS facilityand their life saving efforts. (All donations are tax deductable) with them and rehabilitate them back into their natural environment.”  In this kind of work, it takes commitment and dedication, and Davidson puts in countless hours with her animals to make sure they are well taken care of.  “We have a lot of animals of our own, and when it’s baby season, it’s all the time. I have to wake up throughout the night every two to three hours to feed, and luckily I’m self-employed, so I can manage my sched- ule around feedings.”  Davidson is mentoring several subs of her own now, who help with feedings and facility maintenance. “It’s hard to find subs because people think it’s just baby animals and it’s all fun, but after about a month they give up because they don’t realize how much work it is,” she explained.  Davidson works full time to fund her facility, but being a wildlife rehabber is completely volunteer.  “We get no funding; the State of Texas doesn’t fund wildlife rehab- bers at all. The only type of help I get is if I ask for it on Facebook,” she explained.  Donate online at: 403 Hickory Lane | Weatherford, TX | 76086 | 817-598-4111 86 heodore Roosevelt once said, “The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.”  Katee Davidson, local esthetician, licensed wildlife rehabber, and founder of Katee’s Kritters is living by these words, devoting most of her time and efforts to wild animals she rehabilitates and releases back into their environment.  Davidson’s compassion for animals comes naturally, and she has always had a love for wildlife, having had two raccoons of her own as a child. “I grew up with all kinds of animals; my mom was the same way, so I’ve always really loved them, and as an adult I thought, ‘What can I do to help?’” she said. Davidson has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for the past four years.  “In order to get your license for a full-on rehabber, you have to work under someone who’s licensed as a sub for two years,” she explained. Davidson subbed under Donna Robinson, another Parker County wildlife rehabber, for three years. “That was while I was building my enclo- sures, getting everything ready, and basi- cally learning. To be a rehabber you have to attend classes, have your facilities built, your nurseries built, and once that’s done, the game warden comes out to inspect, makes sure everything is up to code, and then you can apply for your license. I’ve been licensed for a year.”  Katee’s Kritters focuses mostly on wild- life animals in Parker County. “We used to do cats and dogs, but we try to just stick with the wild animals because there are very few wildlife rehabbers in the area.” Right now, Davidson is working on releasing two deer and two foxes, adapting them to be on their own. “We just got a baby possum; we take in skunks, squirrels, raccoons, pretty much anything we get a call for, and we go from there. We work T Over the years, Davidson has sold calendars and T-shirts to help with the cost as well, but that was minimal. “As rehabbers we have to vaccinate them [the animals], if they get sick we have to use IVs, formula, and food — the cost gets expensive. That’s the hardest part of not getting help.”  Davidson considers herself lucky to have a loving family to help her and support her, while benefiting from her hard work.  “It’s hard and there have been times when it’s just been too much, with the kids, and work, and sports, and this and that — it’s stressful; but this is what God put in my heart for me to do, and at the end of the day I’m thankful that I’m able to do it. We really do enjoy it. My kids get to have a childhood that a lot of kids don’t, and I think that’s really special.”  Davidson’s husband, Cole, and their three children, Sebastian, Myles and Piper love taking part in helping rehabilitate Parker County’s wildlife. “My kids love it. My husband thinks I’m nuts; he thinks I’m crazy because he knows how much it is. He helps me anytime he can, though.”  It takes true selflessness to do what Davidson does. She and her family are a rarity in Parker County as they quietly and diligently protect and preserve the “Kritters,” that cannot spe Z˂