Spring is baby season at the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary, and the volunteers at the hospital believe all babies need love.
The Florida Wildlife Hospital is hosting its 10th annual spring baby shower on May 14 at Palm Shores Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The public is invited to witness the release of a patient.
There will be live owls, food, prizes, crafts for children and the Brevard County Sheriff’s pet adoption unit.
The nonprofit organization's mission is to help care for the sick, injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife, and hospital cares for nearly 5,000 patients a year.
The hospital takes the sick, injured or orphaned animals, nurses them back to health, and then returns them back to the ecosystem. Some of the patients they’ve taken in have been a bobcat, a great horned owl, a gopher tortoise and Eastern screech owls.
The hospital operates 365 days a year, funded only by grants, membership dues and local companies.
The hospital said on their website that they see many declining species that are of special concern, including the sandhill crane, the gopher tortoise, and the osprey; and the public can help support by participating in events.
The public can also go to the website and check out some tips on how to help Florida wildlife out every day, just by interacting with them properly or being respectful. For example, the hospital encourages fishers to not leave fishing line or fishing hooks unattended; check trees for nests before cutting them down.
For more information about Florida Wildlife Hospital or the Spring Baby Shower, go to FloridaWildlifeHospital.org