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Walden's Puddle calls for support after overwhelming number of injured, displaced animals

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With so much construction underway around Nashville, one organization says homes for wildlife are diminishing and they really need help. 

Walden's Puddle handles wildlife rehabilitation and says their intake is growing so quickly they need a big boost of support.

The new effort will begin with a name change. 

As of Thursday, they will be called Walden's Puddle Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville.

"So, this is Radnor," says Carolyn Pendarvis of Walden's Puddle, holding an eastern screech owl. "Radnor was hit by a car. We were able to fix most everything. He does have an amputated wing now, so he's now a permanent resident at Walden's Puddle. He's one of our very favorite animal ambassadors."

At Walden's Puddle, Radnor is far from alone.

"When I first came in six or seven years ago, we were at about 1,000 [animals]," says Lane Brody of Walden's Puddle. "Now, we're pushing about 4,000 animals a year. Those are all displaced animals."

Brody says the number of animals in their care nearly quadrupled because of the way Nashville's growing.

"Once we take away all this forest and we fragment all this land, they're forced to live in very close proximity," says Elisa Fosco of Walden's Puddle. "Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new game. If you have 20 cages and 100 animals, do the math. In all honesty, we are reaching our limitation."

Fosco says that's why they're pushing for expansion, including more enclosures and about twice as much staff. To get that, she says they need donations and businesses to partner with them. 

"The growth in Nashville has impacted the wildlife in such a negative way," Brody says. "They expect us to be there to rehabilitate them and put them back in the wild where they belong, and we want to be able to keep doing it and not have to close our doors. Our wildlife is being seriously impacted, so it's time for us all to raise up and do what we're supposed to do."

"Approximately a hundred people moving to Nashville every day, those numbers are skyrocketing so fast, we simply can't keep up," Fosco says.

Pendarvis keeps bringing attention to the cause, sharing stories of wildlife with a little help from a friend.

"He has a big message to bring even though he's a little, bitty guy," she smiles, holding Radnor.

For more on Walden's Puddle, click here.http://waldenspuddle.org/

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