New England Wildlife Center to get $200,000 for animal care, education

WEYMOUTH – Katrina Bergman said it was clear at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the New England Wildlife Center would need to pivot in its mission to serve both animals and people. The nonprofit quickly converted its education vans to rescue vans so it could still care for sick, injured or orphaned animals […]

WEYMOUTH – Katrina Bergman said it was clear at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the New England Wildlife Center would need to pivot in its mission to serve both animals and people.

The nonprofit quickly converted its education vans to rescue vans so it could still care for sick, injured or orphaned animals without requiring people to take them into the center.

Educational programs and an animal rehabilitation course usually offered in local classrooms and at the center shifted to online only. 

Yet somehow, Bergman said, the center served even more people and animals than ever before.

“We doubled our education and care footprint during COVID,” Bergman, the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, said Monday. 

Ron Amidon, the commissioner of the state Department of Fish and Game, state Sen. Patrick O’Connor and state Rep. James Murphy visited  the Weymouth center Monday to celebrate the work done over the last two years.

The center is set to receive $100,000 from the state to assist with the care of animals and $100,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act money for its education and community service programs. 

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