Don’t Throw Your Pumpkins, Local Animal Rescue Needs It | New
Connie Hall is the founder of the nonprofit and deer rescue association. She says she takes injured deer, taken as pets and forgotten, or orphans.
“They come here, usually when they’ve been hit by cars, or the mother has been killed by a car, or the fawn has been attacked by a dog or tangled in a fence,” Hall said.
And she says one of their favorite snacks are pumpkins. She received donations, courtesy of the community. And they’ve already received hundreds of pumpkins. The deer can eat ten a day.
“We get a big bag of loose food. And that lasts about two weeks, ”Hall said,“ So when we get donations of pumpkins and acorns, fruits and vegetables; get healthy and nutritious snacks. And our food bill is not that high. “
The fawns consume a 50 pound bag of milk per week. Deer consume 1,600 pounds of food every few weeks.
The US Department of Energy says most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in our country end up in landfill.
Lu Grant didn’t want that to happen.
“We like not to waste a product,” said Grant, “and that the product – from the Navajo Indian Reservation, where they are grown, all the way to South Carolina – these pumpkins always provide something instead of going. simply to the dump. “
Grant is the director of Friends of The Little White House in Simpsonville. They organized a pumpkin patch after taking over from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross when they closed during the pandemic.
“Friends of the Little White House is a Montessori skill building center for children and adults with autism,” Grant said. “We teach everything from life skills, social skills to pre-employment skills.
Instead of throwing the pumpkins away, she told local animal rescuers they could come and get as many as they wanted.
“We have chosen to make it a charity pumpkin patch and will continue to support local nonprofits here in the Golden Strip,” Grant said.
For those lucky dollars, one man’s trash can is another doe’s treasure.
“After Thanksgiving, we could use other donated Christmas decorations for them,” Hall said. “Deer will eat them because they love them and it’s very nutritious. Pumpkin seeds are a natural dewormer.”
Magnolia Fawn Rescue still accepts unpainted, non-rot pumpkins and missing parts, as well as other food items (fruits, vegetables, acorns). You can drop them off at the door, or you can donate or volunteer.
Check out their Facebook page here.
Hall wants to send a reminder: don’t try to keep deer as pets or assume they’re orphans because you see a fawn alone. You can call them to check.
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