By Sabrina Agazzi, Staff Writer
// Since Gary Bogue founded it in 1955, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek has provided countless animals the chance to survive and thrive in a world with changing environments and ecosystems. To continue Bogue’s legacy, the museum created a new fund in his honor: The Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund.
Bogue passed away in Sept. 2019 at the age of 81 after spending the majority of his life rescuing animals and educating the public on the importance of wildlife.
“We wanted to do something meaningful to honor Gary’s memory – more than just a name on a park bench,” President of Lindsay Wildlife’s Board of Directors, Rosanne Siino said. “Doing something to help the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital further that Gary was instrumental in founding seemed a natural way to keep his legacy alive.”
The new fund will focus on several ways to enhance the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital, including further improving training for volunteers on animal care, purchasing needed hospital supplies and technology and covering the cost of salaries for veterinary interns.
Siino stresses that caring for and respecting wildlife and their habitats is critical today. The drastic rate the environment is changing is causing animals to struggle and makes Lindsay Wildlife’s goal more crucial than ever before.
It may seem difficult to contribute to the efforts of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, but some Acalanes students have found ways they can help the cause.
Students take action to help the cause by putting in hours after school, on weekends, or during the summer volunteering at Lindsay Wildlife. One of these dedicated students is sophomore Dagny Bradford-Urban, who has been volunteering for almost three years.
“Ever since I was little, I really wanted to volunteer at Lindsay because I wanted to get more experience working with animals.” Bradford-Urban said.
While many may not have the time to volunteer, others have shown their love for Lindsay Wildlife Museum by bringing in sick or injured creatures in hopes of giving them a bright future.
“I had a pool at my old house, and quite a few baby turkeys fell in.” sophomore Mia Jaenike said. “Whenever we found one we would bring it to Lindsay Wildlife,”
She feels that having a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center made dealing with the situation easy and stress-free.
“If it weren’t for Lindsay, we would have had no clue what to do with them,” Jaenike said.
Over the years, hundreds of thousands of locals have given animals a second chance at life by bringing them to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. The museum’s goal is to create peace and happiness for people and animals alike.
“The Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund helps ensure that we can not only continue to care for animals brought to us largely because of injuries resulting from human impact, but also do more to prevent wildlife injuries in the first place through collaborative research and education efforts that can change human behavior and enable us to live harmoniously with nature,” Siino said.