The non-profit Baby Warm launched three weeks ago with a goal that couldn't be simpler - "a warm bed for every baby." We fund incubators for volunteer homecare wildlife rehabbers who save orphaned baby animals but can't afford an incubator of their own. People visit Baby Warm to read the stories of rehabbers hoping for an incubator, then make a donation of anything from $1 to $450 (the cost of one incubator). Donors often choose to help fund the incubator of a rehabber in their area, or one who rescues their favorite species of wild animal, or maybe one whose story just touched their heart.
Originally I hoped we'd fund one incubator each week. We've funded more than one every day. That means 26 incubators to date that will help about 50 animals each year for the next 10 to 12 years. That's a warm bed for over 15,000 babies. So far. But it's not just about the incubators. Volunteer rehabbers who usually work on their own without outside support are suddenly feeling the gratitude that's coming from all over the country and beyond. Many do their work in small communities and/or hunting areas where their own neighbors don't understand why anybody would ever want to save orphaned baby animals instead of letting them starve to death. Baby Warm doesn't just provide each rehabber with an incubator. It also lets them know that there are people who appreciate what they're doing.