I have always loved animals, both domestic and wild. In 1993 I fostered a raccoon after it had fallen from a large tree in our backyard in New Baltimore, Michigan. I took care of it the best I knew how and after 5 months, took it to a local rehabilitation center called Kritter Alley.
In 2007, my husband and I retired up here at Houghton Lake in our dream home. With extra time and the love of animals I decided to volunteer at the A.R.K. I started volunteering in the fall of 2008 and started fostering in the spring of 2009. I love all animals and birds but my favorite has always been the raccoon.
In the spring of 2012 I fostered Isabella and Lugosi, two raccoons from Isabella County. My granddaughter actually named “Isabella”, before we knew she was from that county! Ready to return them both to the A.R.K., Lugosi was injured by Bella. He ended up with a splint on one leg and a bandage on the other. I took him back home until he recovered and then returned him to the A.R.K. to be later released with Bella. He then made it in the 2013 calendar.