Gabby’s New Clinic Building

Red Creek began as a few baby robins on Peggy Hentz’s kitchen table in 1991. It was Peggy’s dream to help as many injured and displaced wild animals as she could. That dream has been alive a growing ever since.

By 2012, Red Creek had grown to encompass most of Peggy’s home. That year, Red Creek acquired adjoining property consisting of an old, free-standing, double-wide mobile home on three acres. The rehabilitation center was moved to the modular and began accepting about one-thousand animals annually.

Today, we admit about  FOUR-THOUSAND animals each year, and the number is growing. The building Red Creek is currently using is too small to house the growing number of animals admitted, and is in need of major repair.

    • Structural soundness of the building is deteriorating.
    • Several floors have needed to be replaced.
    • The electrical system cannot handle the number of incubators, heat lamps, and heating pads we need to  care for the number of animals we take in.
    • Since every inch of the building needs to be used for animals care, the lack of storage space has created an unsightly collection of necessary caging being stored outside.
    • Current space does not allow for an education area, which would increase our effectiveness at training others in the science of wildlife rehabilitation.

     

  • Repairing and updating the building will not only be costly, it would still not meet the expanding need we face each year as baby animals arrive.

    We need a new building!


  • Today Red Creek has three full-time licensed wildlife rehabilitators plus one full-time assistant who is awaiting her testing results from the state. In addition, we have about a dozen weekly volunteers, many of whom have been with us the past decade or longer. Red Creek now also hosts over ten college interns each summer who help with raising baby wildlife.

    Red Creek needs this amount of help because we are now receiving about 4,000 animals annually. From hummingbirds to eagles, from tiny baby chipmunks to white tailed deer fawn, each life matters, and all have found help at Red Creek.

    The Gift of a Lifetime

As we’ve been researching the construction of a building that would serve our local wildlife far into the future, we discovered one major roadblock. Red Creek’s current building is free-standing and does not have a foundation. The water table is extremely high and does not support the erection of a large building. Unfortunately, the cost of developing that land for such a structure is extremely prohibitive.

Peggy has dedicated her entire life to recusing animals. That dedication continues in a wonderful gift she has given to ensure that Red Creek will be caring for wildlife for generations to come. She is gifting her original property (and the home where she now lives) to Red Creek for the purpose of erecting a new clinic. Her home will be removed to make way for a two-story clinic building with enough room to meet our growing need.

Don’t worry: Peggy will still be managing Red Creek far into the future. She will be moving in with family nearby.

Red Creek Expansion Project     2019 – 2020

Phase One

The demolition of the current house, and new construction of a two story rehabilitation building at 300 Moon Hill Drive, Schuylkill Haven.

Specific Benefits to the rehabilitation program

  • Additional 3,000 square feet indoors to relieve cramped conditions
  • Increase capacity to +5,000 animal annually
  • Modernize the facility
  • Increased professional image to the public
  • Increased revenue due to public exposure, accessibility, and public perception

Phase Two

The placement of a new, raised modular building at 301 Moon Hill Drive, Schuylkill Haven, which will serve as a public education / classroom / nature center .

Specific Benefits to the education program

  • Ability to have on-site, hands-on training independent of other organizations
  • Increased professional image to the public
  • Increased visibility and community awareness
  • Ability to apply for environmental education grants
  • The ability to have raptor programs and events on-site