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Local animal sanctuary could be forced to close

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A local center that has been helping to heal wounded wild animals for more than 20 years may have to close its doors.

Back to the Wild is a non-profit animal rehab and education center in Castalia.

Founder Mona Rutger says the lab where the center gets what most of the animals eat, mice and rats, has closed.

Rutger says she must come up with an additional $80,000 a year to feed the critters. She says the center needs around 250 rodents a day, more in the summer.

If Back to the Wild closes, Rutger says she'll have to euthanize the animals, but she says she is working hard to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I have no plans of closing the center down," she says.

Rutger's hope is to find 10 people or groups willing to donate $10,000 a year to help with the costs, though she says any donation amount will make a difference.

Visit backtothewild.org to find out how you can help.

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