We did it! $5,000 in 10 days! Thank you so much to everyone who supported this campaign! Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is more than just a necessary medical database—it is a dream come true. We have been envisioning and planning it for many years and now we are seeing it become a reality. Your support means so much to us.
So what happens next? Let’s take Wildlife Rehabilitation MD international!
The need is rapidly increasing for wildlife hospitals in the United States and worldwide to establish and maintain electronic record keeping, to allow consistent reporting and make data accessible for local, national and international analysis. Wildlife patient databases in multiple nations can streamline and improve wildlife care regionally, and help provide early warning internationally—to wildlife and human health agencies—of the onset or potential for disease epidemics.
There are still 20 days left in the Kickstarter campaign. While we have hit our target goal, we want to keep up the momentum. Wildlife rehabilitation is an international profession and Wildlife Rehabilitation MD can be part of this critical work around the world. We already have interest from Canada, Belize and Australia, but in order to support efforts in these and other countries, Wildlife Rehabilitation MD needs new, internationally focused development.
Help us raise another $2500 dollars to make that a possibility.
What needs to be done next to internationalize Wildlife Rehabilitation MD:
Add species from around the world to the database and categorize them according to their regions.
Identify international and country-specific agency rehabilitation requirements and create a mechanism for required year-end reports.
Add countries and territories from around the world to the database.
Work with wildlife rehabilitation professionals from different countries and multi-national agencies to expand and refine the database, so it can be used in any single nation or jointly by collaborating nations.
And the big one—develop multilingual components and support networks.
These goals can be reached with your help. Thank you for your dedication to wildlife and support of this vital project.
In preparing for our Kickstarter campaign we asked a few of the users to record quick testimonials about how Wildlife Rehabilitation MD has benefited them and their organizations. Just because we liked them so much we thought we would share them with you in there full length glory.
Veterinarian Shannon Riggs of Pacific Wildlife Care
We can’t believe it! We have 24 days remaining and the Kickstarter campaign is already over 75% funded. There is no good way to thank all the supporters in a blog posting but for what it’s worth THANK YOU! You truly are making a dream come true.
All that said, we are only 75% there. If we don’t make it to at least 100% funding then we won’t receive any of the contributions. Please continue to help us meet this goal by sharing the Kickstarter link, http://kck.st/15tGhsq, with your friends and colleagues. We have just over 20 days left to meet our goal. Every contribution counts, no matter what the dollar amount.
What a wonderful and fantastic start! Thank you so much to those who have already supported this Kickstarter campaign. This is a project that Rachel and I, with the help of some friends, have spent years working on together and are so happy to bring it to the wildlife rehab community. Your support is making that a reality for us.
Now we are working to meet the $5,000 goal within the next 28 days. Spread the word to your family and friends and colleagues.
This is the video used in our Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000. It might be a bit corny but it is sincere. Thank you so much to Monty Merrick and Shannon Riggs for their testimonials! Also a big thank you to Rafiki the eclectus parrot for saying “bye bye” at just the right moment.
Just today we launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 to help fund the development of Wildlife Rehabilitation MD. $5,000 may seem like a tiny amount when you think about how much money a large company will invest into their software, but to us it will make the difference. There is an amazing amount of excitement and anticipation for Wildlife Rehabilitation MD and to truly make this database exceptional, we need everybody’s support (including yours). Help us reach our goal so that we can help Wildlife Rehabilitators across North America and together we can benefit the entire wildlife rehabilitation community and the animals we’ll care for in the future.
In Order to Take this Database to the Next Level we are Planning to:
Improve the security and integrity of the database.
Enhance the analytics to help highlight early warning signs that may predict epidemics.
Teach the database which species are native to which states.
Group species into their lay categories (raptor, songbird, carnivore, …). This simple update will create new opportunities for Wildlife Rehabilitation MD.
Create the ability to transfer a record from one account to another.
Provide even better online support for new and existing accounts.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Today was the 2013 California Songbird Seminar, a four-hour gathering of wildlife rehabilitators from all over the state to discuss matters relevant to songbird care. Rachel Avilla, Veronica Bowers, Patrick Hogan and Shannon Riggs, DVM each spoke, sharing important information. At the end of the seminar we were asked to give a quick demo of Wildlife Rehabilitation MD. As usual there were great questions and plenty of people who wanted to chat afterwards. Check out the video! This event was graciously hosted by Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
It’s as if people knew we were coming. So many have asked us about Wildlife Rehabilitation MD and two organizations signed up as well! Those that are just learning about us are excited by what they are seeing, so all in all it has been a good week.
Beside talking to so many about the database and what it can do now, we also started sharing our plans for the future. Over the year, there have been many brilliant feature suggestions that we believe will give Wildlife Rehabilitation MD huge possibilities. We can’t yet show what those updates are but be assured they will make this software truly amazing.
During the conference we met with many people who have invested in the future of Wildlife Rehabilitation MD and discussed how to strategize these upgrades. A timeline has been laid out to release the features over the next eight months. However, they won’t begin to truly roll-out until early fall. Summer is the busiest time for wildlife rehabilitators so it is important that we leave the database in a stable state during the busy summer months, and make the updates live during the fall and winter.
As we learn more and can do so, we will make sure to keep you updated. Stay tuned!
Well, we’re here at the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association conference in Portland Oregon. It’s only been a few hours so far and already staff and volunteers from at least five different organizations have thanked us profusely or asked how to get set up with Wildlife Rehabilitation MD. What a great reception!