Every year, Geeks of Doom adopts a bat for Halloween and this year, our sponsored bat is Mr. Kitty, an injured bat that was rescued by a feral cat!
Mr. Kitty arrived at Bat World Sanctuary in Texas with a broken wing. Miss Kitty, a feral cat who lives in the sanctuary’s parking lot, found the injured bat and carried it in her mouth — without harming her rescue — and brought it to the caretakers at Bat World. Rehabilitators were able to repair Mr. Kitty’s wing, but not well enough to allow flight, so he’s now a permanent resident of Bat World Sanctuary’s indoor bat cave.
In honor of Halloween, consider Adopting A Bat from Bat World Sanctuary. There are several available for sponsorship, each with their own personalities and individual stories of triumph over adversity!
Your sponsorship will get you a personalized adoption certificate; a matted 5″ x 7″ glossy photograph of your bat; your bat’s personal story; a graphic representing the size of your bat; the natural history of the species; a beautiful bookmark and a bat rescue card; a “Cool Stuff to Make You Smarter” myths and facts card; a one-year membership to Bat World Sanctuary that includes a seasonal magazine.
You can read all about Mr. Kitty and his feline rescuer here; that’s Mr. Kitty at top here at right resting on his padded roosting rock; at left he’s peeking out of a roosting rock.
There are several great bat charities to support. For instance, at Organization for Bat Conservation, you can sponsor a vampire bat for Halloween.
These organizations rescue and release rehabilitated bats; those who cannot be released back into the wild get a home and a new lease on life. Aside from their rescue and sanctuary operations, these non-profit organizations seek to educate, conserve, and research, as bats are currently in danger of White-Nose Syndrome, a “fungus that is estimated to have killed over a million hibernating bat species in more than 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces.” (Not only does this endanger bat species, but affects North American agriculture, as bats eat the pest insects that cause damage to crops, which in turn reduces the need to add pesticides to the crops.)