ABR Update-February 22, 2018-It’s Cubby Birthday!

We never know the exact date bears are born, so we chose January 22 as the “official” birthday for all bears who come to ABR. It falls roughly midway in the range of possible birthdates (January to early February) and makes it easier for us to group them by age. “Cubs of the Year” (C.O.Y’s) refers to bears born in January of the current calendar year and “yearling” refer to bears born in January of the previous year. At present, this year’s C.O.Ys are still helpless, totally dependent on their mother for food, warmth and protection. They don’t have the strength or coordination to walk far, much less climb trees. We don’t get cubs in need of help until people see them, and that doesn’t happen until mother bears and their offspring leave their dens in March or April. But sometimes, human intervention or accident brings very young cubs to our attention.

In March of 2013, a firefighter found a box on the side of a road in South Carolina containing what he thought were puppies. They weren’t. Bennie, Jerry and Carrie Bear were just over a month old and in dire need of help. The two male cubs came to ABR immediately. They were reunited with their sister on March 22 who’d been sent to another facility for specialized care. They were a delightful trio, cubs we recall with great fondness. They were released back to the wild on November 8, 2013, weighing 105, 114 and 90 pounds, respectively. Bennie, Jerry and Carrie would be five years and one month old today. We wish them and all our residents a very happy birthday.
Please click on this link for a wonderful WildsideTV Video featuring Bennie, Jerry and Carrie. (Look for an appearance by Curator David Whitehead when he was still with the TWRA).
wildsidetv.com/video/appalachian-bear-rescue/

Thank you for helping us give little bears a second chance.❤️
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ABR Update-February 22, 2018-It’s Cubby Birthday!

We never know the exact date bears are born, so we chose January 22 as the “official” birthday for all bears who come to ABR. It falls roughly midway in the range of possible birthdates (January to early February) and makes it easier for us to group them by age. “Cubs of the Year” (C.O.Y’s) refers to bears born in January of the current calendar year and “yearling” refer to bears born in January of the previous year. At present, this year’s C.O.Ys are still helpless, totally dependent on their mother for food, warmth and protection. They don’t have the strength or coordination to walk far, much less climb trees. We don’t get cubs in need of help until people see them, and that doesn’t happen until mother bears and their offspring leave their dens in March or April. But sometimes, human intervention or accident brings very young cubs to our attention. 

In March of 2013, a firefighter found a box on the side of a road in South Carolina containing what he thought were puppies. They weren’t. Bennie, Jerry and Carrie Bear were just over a month old and in dire need of help. The two male cubs came to ABR immediately. They were reunited with their sister on March 22  who’d been sent to another facility for specialized care. They were a delightful trio, cubs we recall with great fondness. They were released back to the wild on November 8, 2013, weighing 105, 114 and 90 pounds, respectively. Bennie, Jerry and Carrie would be five years and one month old today. We wish them and all our residents a very happy birthday.
Please click on this link for a wonderful WildsideTV Video featuring Bennie, Jerry and Carrie. (Look for an appearance by Curator David Whitehead when he was still with the TWRA).
http://wildsidetv.com/video/appalachian-bear-rescue/
 
Thank you for helping us give little bears a second chance.❤️
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I beyond thrilled that you have an empty nest at ABR thus far. Every time I see a post from y’all I hold my breath....thankful for everything you do!❤️

Happy Birthday to all the cubbies🎉thank you for all you do🐻🐻🐻

This always makes me smile because it is my son's birthday 😊

Happy birthday to all of the bears! Hopefully they are surviving & thriving! The video was wonderful and so informative about ABR and it’s mission. I really enjoyed listening to Janet, David, Dana and a super young Coy talk about their feelings about working with and protecting the bears.

Happy birthday to all the cubbies that have grown and returned to the wild,hopefully you're all living your lives to the full 🐻🐻💕

How did you come to take in cubs from South Carolina?

Great video. Am sharing it. Good, clear pictures and the sound was perfect.

What an Awesome video....love all of you at ABR ❤️❤️

Happy Birthday to all the precious cubbies who have grown up and moved out of the wonderful ABR home. I can't believe it was 2013 when the box was found containing Bennie, Jerry and Carrie....it doesn't seem that long. Thank you ABR and God bless you for you loving dedication to the beautiful bears. 💕🎉🐻🎈🐻🎉💕

Happy Birthday to all the Cubbies!❤️🐻

Happy Birthday to all the cubbies and thank you for saving them ❤️

I didn't realize that it has been that long for the 3 cubs, seems like last year that they were on Facebook. I remember them very well, time goes by to fast.

I hope the trio r alive and well on their 5 Birthday! And happy Birthday to all the cubbies out there

Happy BEARSDAY Cubbies!!! Hope you all still chubby and sleeping comfortably ❤️🎉🎈🍯🌰🍇🍓🍉🍒🍎🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🎈🎉

I loved the video they all were beautiful ad full of life. Thank you for the sharing this with us.

Happy Birthday Cubbies!!! I pray everyday that you are all safe!!

Happy one month Birthday precious blessings. May you each be safe, warm, happy and healthy. And one more all live a long life.♥️🐻♥️

Happy Birthday to all of the cubbies !

💜🍨Happy Birthday to ALL the 🐻 Cubs!🍨💜 🍇🍎🍏🍈🍎🍇

That was a great video and everyone was so young Coy looked like a boy lol great job you all do and i love the bears and all you do 🙂

Happy Birthday to all bear cubs far and wide...wild and rescued and re-released to the wild

Happy Birthday to all our previous bears!!#

Happy Birthday Smoky Mountain Bears.

Joyful day to all of you who work, volunteer, and donate to give our cubbies the opportunity to have birthdays! 💜

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We spend a great deal of time, effort and money improving and maintaining our facility. Most of our work must take place while there are no bears in residence and since we could receive one at any time, there’s an urgency to our to-do list. Regardless of how much time we spend on design and construction, it’s the end-users (the cubs) who determine if our efforts are successful. Our resident bears are always teaching us something, and when they’re not around the mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, crows, etc. who live near the facility are happy to act as substitute teachers.

We designed The Cub House to shelter cubs after they’re weaned from bottle-feeding and are big enough to leave The Cub Nursery. We're most likely to get young cubs in the early spring when it’s still cold in the evenings, so the Cub House is heated to keep them warm. As you know, The Cub House has proven to be more versatile than we first imagined, and we’ve used it to house bears of different ages, sizes and needs.

The first occupants of The Cub House taught us about cubby curiosity, perseverance and the importance of climbing. We had issues with bears, particularly yearlings, climbing the walls of The Cub House, excavating the insulation and hiding in the rafters. Shelby Bear even tunneled through to visit Tucker Bear in Room #1 of The Cub House. Acorn Bear spent so much time hiding in the rafters The Curators couldn’t get a photo of the “whole" Acorn and had to settle for Acorn “bits”. Our first renovation of The Cub House sealed the rafters with boards to keep bears from hiding in the ceiling and making unauthorized visits to the other rooms.

After we released The Cheery-O’s, raccoons noted their absence and tore The Cub House roof apart to get inside. We found their point of entry and fixed the roof to prevent their return. We thought that was the end of it, but our current project proved otherwise.

We’re busy introducing security cameras to the facility, and the curators and camera installation team are evaluating the best spots for cameras in each room of The Cub House and in all the Enclosures. They decided the rafters in The Cub House must change… again. We had to remove the boards we’d used to seal them and when we did, we found the reason why the raccoons wanted to get into The Cub House.

Sometime during the fall, an extensive and industrious mouse family gathered acorns, bear diet, almonds and other treats and carefully stored them in the sealed rafters. The ceiling came down, scattering nearly 30 gallons of bear diet pellets, almonds, peanuts, acorns and more! We removed the delicacies and cleaned up the building AGAIN. We really hope this stash belonged to a tribe of mouses and not one big, monster mouse. We wouldn’t want to be around when he discovers his treats are gone.

So, the problems are as follows: We need to mount cameras in the rafters, but we need to keep resident bears away from them and prevent them from excavating new hidey-holes. We also need to keep unauthorized furry folk out of The Cub House. Our partners from Stanley Fencing offered a solution. They’ll custom-build chain link fencing and block the ceiling area to prevent the egress of cubs and the ingress of small animals while protecting the cameras from both.

Thank you for helping us make our facility a better place for bears. (Apologies to mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels etc.)

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We spend a great deal of time, effort and money improving and maintaining our facility. Most of our work must take place while there are no bears in residence and since we could receive one at any time, there’s an urgency to our to-do list.  Regardless of how much time we spend on design and construction, it’s the end-users (the cubs) who determine if our efforts are successful. Our resident bears are always teaching us something, and when they’re not around the mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, crows, etc. who live near the facility are happy to act as substitute teachers.

We designed The Cub House to shelter cubs after they’re weaned from bottle-feeding and are big enough to leave The Cub Nursery. Were most likely to get young cubs in the early spring when it’s still cold in the evenings, so the Cub House is heated to keep them warm.  As you know, The Cub House has proven to be more versatile than we first imagined, and we’ve used it to house bears of different ages, sizes and needs. 

The first occupants of The Cub House taught us about cubby curiosity, perseverance and the importance of climbing.  We had issues with bears, particularly yearlings, climbing the walls of The Cub House, excavating the insulation and hiding in the rafters.  Shelby Bear even tunneled through to visit Tucker Bear in Room #1 of The Cub House.  Acorn Bear spent so much time hiding in the rafters The Curators couldn’t  get a photo of the “whole Acorn and had to settle for Acorn “bits”. Our first renovation of The Cub House sealed the rafters with boards to keep bears from hiding in the ceiling and making unauthorized visits to the other rooms.

After we released The Cheery-O’s, raccoons noted their absence and tore The Cub House roof apart to get inside. We found their point of entry and fixed the roof to prevent their return. We thought that was the end of it, but our current project proved otherwise. 

We’re busy introducing security cameras to the facility, and the curators and camera installation team are evaluating the best spots for cameras in each room of The Cub House and in all the Enclosures. They decided the rafters in The Cub House must change… again.  We had to remove the boards we’d used to seal them and when we did, we found the reason why the raccoons wanted to get into The Cub House. 

Sometime during the fall, an extensive and industrious mouse family gathered acorns, bear diet, almonds and other treats and carefully stored them in the sealed rafters. The ceiling came down, scattering nearly 30 gallons of bear diet pellets, almonds, peanuts, acorns and more!  We removed the delicacies and cleaned up the building AGAIN. We really hope this stash belonged to a tribe of mouses and not one big, monster mouse. We wouldn’t want to be around when he discovers his treats are gone. 

So, the problems are as follows: We need to mount cameras in the rafters, but we need to keep resident bears away from them and prevent them from excavating new hidey-holes. We also need to keep unauthorized furry folk out of The Cub House. Our partners from Stanley Fencing offered a solution. They’ll custom-build chain link fencing and block the ceiling area to prevent the egress of cubs and the ingress of small animals while protecting the cameras from both. 

Thank you for helping us make our facility a better place for bears. (Apologies to mice, raccoons, opossums, squirrels etc.) 

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30 gallons!? And you wondered how the cubs could possibly eat so much ... Did the mice leave any donations? 🙂

Thats a lot of mouse food.....wow......sure it wasnt squirrels or big rats? lol

Wow!! That’s a lot of mice foraging!! Wonder if squirrels were helping!!

Squirrels are notorious for chewing their way into attics and places like that. That's a lot of stash for mice. My money is on the squirrels.

I once discovered a chipmunk that was living under my kitchen sink, underneath the shelving. There was a bed of shredded paper towels in one section, a poop-poop spot, a tinkle spot, and a stash of cat food. All four locations were separate showing they had good hygiene. I caught the chipmunk and turned him loose outside. He was a likeness of Chip or Dale from the cartoons.

Sure hwe some of that stash can be used to feed new residents.

😂😂😂 ABR: home to all manner of critters & creatures, big & small! ❤️ Very glad to hear they are keeping the curators on their collective toes!

Since the cubs' hiding place (safe space?) will be closed off will there be something on the ground for them to curl up into?

Was there a reason why the food wasn't in sealed containers. Maybe a marker used so you can see the line where it's stored lever. When it sinks you know something going on. Just a few ideas seems like nothing is safe. Thanks for the update!!

Has there ever been a time that no cubs need your help

I enjoyed the mice and squirrels and all the stories from comments. ABR hasn’t been slow even without bears. Memories of bears are just about as good with new stories. These 80 degree days may bring you bears. I guess it’s never many dull moments at ABR. Thanks for all you do.

There are times I feel like my rehab animals laugh at my efforts! And every year I change something in my caging. I can imagine that the issues go up exponentially with the bear!

I know I'm a softy, and I know you have to protect the food for the bears, but it makes me a little sad to see the little furry critter's stash destroyed after he/she worked so hard to build it up. LOL

L.O.L. cubbies sure must have got the blame for being greedy at the time ( though you dont mind if they are skinny) xx uk

Wow, that's a lot. But, everyone has to eat!!!!

How interesting! Sounds like your work is never done and you are constantly learning. Thank you for all you do 🐻🐻🐻💛💛💛

Egress and ingress.....Mother Nature marches on. Kind of like me attempting to keep the squirrels and starlings out of the suet I put out for the birds.

Thanks Stanley Fence. An awesome gift. ABR, I certainly can relate to the mouse infestation. They are destructive little creatures and do steal and store whatever they can, i.e.dog food in shoes, it is surprising the places they choose. Hopefully this will be the year to complete/perfect the facilities.

It's always a learning experience, for sure.

Got to love those little guys and dolls.

I remember these precious cubs! Pray they are enjoying life 🙏🙏🐻♥️♥️♥️

Whew weeee! 30 gallons of bear food turned into mouse kibble! Thank you Stanley Fencing for coming to the rescue!

It's just one exciting adventure after another. Glad y'all came ip with a good solution!

Oh my!!! A 30 gallon stash! I'm with you, I'm hoping it was a family. That made my day.

What a wonderful company to help like that. Thank you Stanley Fencing.

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ABR Update-February 19, 2018-Amazon Smiles and a word about 2017 thank you/tax letters.

We’ve just received $1,121.60 from the AmazonSmile program, the largest quarterly payout since we registered in 2014! To date, the program has contributed a total of $6,403.82 to help us help bears. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Appalachian Black Bear Rehabilitation And Release Center (ABR’s legal name) at no cost to you! Please click on the link below when shopping on Amazon and thank you for supporting our mission!

smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1919032

Tax time is approaching, and we remind our generous friends ABR sends official thank you/tax letters for every donation.

If you donated by mail in 2017 (and we don’t have your email address), you should have received your letter(s) by post. If you didn’t, please email the details of your donation(s) to: appbearrescue@gmail.com

If you donated online in 2017, a thank you letter is automatically emailed to you at the time of donation. If you didn’t receive one, please check your spam/junk folder first. If it isn’t there, please email the details of your donation(s) to: appbearrescue@gmail.com

We appreciate every gift, regardless of the amount or what form it takes. Without your support, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you! ❤️
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ABR Update-February 19, 2018-Amazon Smiles and a word about 2017 thank you/tax letters.

We’ve just received $1,121.60 from the AmazonSmile program, the largest quarterly payout since we registered in 2014! To date, the program has contributed a total of $6,403.82 to help us help bears. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Appalachian Black Bear Rehabilitation And Release Center (ABR’s legal name) at no cost to you! Please click on the link below when shopping on Amazon and thank you for supporting our mission!

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1919032

Tax time is approaching, and we remind our generous friends ABR sends official thank you/tax letters for every donation. 

If you donated by mail in 2017 (and we don’t have your email address), you should have received your letter(s) by post. If you didn’t, please email the details of your donation(s) to:  appbearrescue@gmail.com 

If you donated online in 2017, a thank you letter is automatically emailed to you at the time of donation. If you didn’t receive one, please check your spam/junk folder first. If it isn’t there, please email the details of your donation(s) to:  appbearrescue@gmail.com

We appreciate every gift, regardless of the amount or what form it takes. Without your support, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you! ❤️

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All of mine is selected for ABR glad to hear the total is increasing💗

I do all of my Amazon shopping thru AmazonSHow awesome! mile to benefit ABR and have for a couple years now. I but a LOT of stuff form Amazon, from household items to camping gear to Christmas for the grandkids,,,,

I'm surprised it wasn't more. Half of that must be mine. Lol. Congrats!

I love helping the ABR through Amazon Smile!

I just placed my Amazon Smile order today for ABR to benefit.

🎉 Yay! This is the charity I use for you 👍

Glad that ABR is my Amazon Smile recipient and my purchases help.

I’ve been doing it since you joined ... nice knowing my little donation is among that chunk of change. ❤️

I joined Amazon Smile last year especially for ABR. Gotta do what I can for the cubbies. 🐻🐻🐻

Amazon Smile is such an easy way to funnel donations to ABR. Hop on board, everybody.

That's a very sizeable amount which will be put to good use. I shop with Amazon Smile. 🙂

Glad my obsession benefits ABR! ❤️🐻

And I helped......

That is awesome. I know that when I buy from Amazon, I use ABR as my Smile Organization. I am buying the stuff anyway so glad to give $ to you. I am so happy that it adds up to that much for you guys.

I love being able to use ABR as my smile organization. I didn't realize it added up to so much for you guys!

ABR is my Smile recipient. I'm so glad it's added up nice amount!

So glad to help with my Amazon purchases!

Yes, I do all my Amazon shopping through Amazon smiles and so glad to support such a worthwhile organization! Love our cubbies🐻

Awesome, Thank you to all the wonderful people who shop through Amazon to help ABR! ! So very much Appreciated! 😀💛💙💚💖

Most of my Christmas shopping was done through Amazon Smile! So glad to hear of the increase of the amount ABR received this year.😍

You are my AmasonSmile and I do most of my shopping through them

So glad to be a part of something that goes to a very worthy cause!! 😀

Our Amazon Smile goes to ABR! Every bit helps. Easy to sign up and use! If you use Amazon, this is the way!

You are my designated charity on Amazon Smile! I know you'll use that money to do a lot of good! ❤️🐻

Happy to help! 😀

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February 18, 2018-Good news about Eve Bear.

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center posted this short video featuring Black Bear patient #4319, also known as Eve Bear. As many of you know, Eve is recovering at the center from a serious case of mange. They’ve released her to an outdoor enclosure where she’s busy exploring and climbing. Eve gained another 25 pounds over the past month and now weighs 79.4 pounds, a very good weight for a yearling. Though she’s still pink and bare, cubby fuzz is beginning to grow. It may take months for her coat to come back, but she’s doing really well. 😀

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center
Black bear patient #4319 enters her new outdoor enclosure for the first time earlier this week on Tuesday. She wasted no time checking out her new digs - up each tree and on each platform. She even dipped her paws in her pool.
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Would she be at risk for sunburn without her coat?

I'm sorry.... little confused, here. Did ABR take in a cub when I wasn't paying attention?

Sweet Eve Bear glad she is enjoying the outside. How would she have gotten Mange? I am so happy she is doing well and gaining weight! ♥️♥️🙏🙏🙏🐻

Will Eve ever be able to be released back into the wild? And if so will she be more susceptible to another bout of mange?

Eve looks terrific, nice and spry and interested in her environment. She is one lucky lady to get such great care and attention. Hugs to all involved.

Aww sweet, precious Eve,sooo Happy to hear that Eve is making progress, getting better, one day at a time! She's looking much better now.Soo glad that Eve is now in an outdoor enclosure, glad that she's checking out her new surroundings, glad Eve's making good progress. Thank you ABR for sharing about all the care that The Funds for Animals Wildlife Center is doing for Eve.Thank you ABR for the wonderful Updates on Eve Bear!! Very much Appreciated! ☺🐻💙💛💚💖💛💜💙

Is she cold? So glad she was rescued♡. X uk

Will she be kept until all her fur has grown back or released before then?

Ooooo, thanks. I have been following Eve. She has seemed satisfied with her living quarters before and I sure hope she is the same now.

Oh I’m so glad to see her! She looks healthy, praying that her fur grows in fast. Thank you so much for taking care of her. 😘😘😘😘😘

Thanks for the post! You're in good hands, Eve Bear.

Thanks so much for the update on Eve Bear - hoping she grows her fur out soon and can return to the wild where she belongs!

Oh Eve, you sweet little bare bear. We are all happy you are healing and feeling good enough to explore.

I've been followng her too. She's really getting better and better every day! Sure do hope all her fur comes back. What a strong, brave little bear she is. <3

Aww...sweet and precious little Bear melts my heart, thank you for all you do for her 🙏🏼 💖🐻🌲

She looks so healthy, now all she needs is her fur coat to keep her warm and she will be perfect!!! So happy she is doing so good and getting healthier. Good job to all who has helped her get back to a healthy chubby cubby.

she must love feeling the sun again, smelling the outdoors and having a tree to climb..that road to recovery just a little brighter 🙂 <3

Nose first and then up a tree--good bear!

Bless her heart!!! So happy to see her outside and doing so well!!♡♡

Sweet Eve, praying your fur grows quickly ! Sending hugs ❤❤❤

Good to see Eve getting to act like a bear! 🐻

Eve is certainly having fun in the outside enclosure,exploring everything. So nice to see her and hopefully soon with her new coat.

Eve looks like she is healing so well! So active and curious and self-assured.

Thank you for the update. Please continue to keep us posted.

So happy that Eve is doing well.

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curator Janet's report.

ABR curators often receive compliments for our work with bears. "You're our hero," some say. These accolades are appreciated, but much undeserved. A hero is a person admired for outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. There is a group of people who epitomize that description - our wonderful ABR volunteers known as Betty's Bears. Named in memory of late ABR board member and volunteer, Betty Jones, our volunteers regularly pick up trash, man tables in extreme weather conditions, work the visitor center, educate children and adults through community outreach, shovel gravel, rake leaves, keep our visitor and education center decorated and stocked with unique gifts, sing, paint, and much, much more. Some have even become Scat Removal Specialists, cleaning up wild enclosures after the bears have gone. Those are just a few examples of the many things they do for ABR to help give bears a second chance.

As curators, we work with individual bears; saving them one at a time. Our volunteers do things that impact the larger population of bears beyond the ones who enter the gates of ABR. The most amazing aspect that garners them the deepest respect is that for all their tireless dedication and effort, they never see one of our ABR residents. It is rare to find an individual who will volunteer for a non-profit organization knowing they will never see or touch the animals who will benefit from their service. Would they like to see one of our bears? Of course they would, but they know that not being around our bears is the best thing they can do to help them return to the wild.

Today's post is dedicated in honor of the many volunteers, past and present, who have given of their time, talents, blood, sweat, and tears to make ABR what it is today. ABR could easily replace curators as there are many willing, but our selfless, caring, compassionate volunteers are irreplaceable. ABR Betty's Bears, you are my heroes!

If you would like to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, please visit salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link.
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Curator Janets report.

ABR curators often receive compliments for our work with bears. Youre our hero, some say.  These accolades are appreciated, but much undeserved.  A hero is a person admired for outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  There is a group of people who epitomize that description - our wonderful ABR volunteers known as Bettys Bears.  Named in memory of late ABR board member and volunteer, Betty Jones,  our volunteers regularly pick up trash, man tables in extreme weather conditions, work the visitor center, educate children and adults through community outreach, shovel gravel, rake leaves, keep our visitor and education center decorated and stocked with unique gifts, sing, paint, and much, much more.  Some have even become Scat Removal Specialists, cleaning up wild enclosures after the bears have gone.  Those are just a few examples of the many things they do for ABR to help give bears a second chance.  

As curators, we work with individual bears; saving them one at a time.  Our volunteers do things that impact the larger population of bears beyond the ones who enter the gates of ABR.  The most amazing aspect that garners them the deepest respect is that for all their tireless dedication and effort, they never see one of our ABR residents.  It is rare to find an individual who will volunteer for a non-profit organization knowing they will never see or touch the animals who will benefit from their service.  Would they like to see one of our bears?  Of course they would, but they know that not being around our bears is the best thing they can do to help them return to the wild.  

Todays post is dedicated in honor of the many volunteers, past and present, who have given of their time, talents, blood, sweat, and tears to make ABR what it is today.  ABR could easily replace curators as there are many willing, but our selfless, caring, compassionate volunteers are irreplaceable. ABR Bettys Bears, you are my heroes!

If you would like to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, please visit https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link.

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Your volunteers certainly deserve praise for their efforts in helping to keep all bears safe. You all, as curators, deserve praise too. The volunteers could not do their work if the curators weren't on the front lines. So I think you all are heroes!!

You're all heroes, volunteers and curators alike. You go above and beyond to help our darling injured and orphaned cubbies, and give them a second chance at life. And worst case, at least care and compassion at the end. Again and again and again. We salute you!!

A huge "Thank you" to all of the ABR volunteers - to borrow a phrase from Bette Midler - ya'll are the wind beneath ABR's wings!

Thank you too all the volunteers and curators and board and everyone involved in helping those precious bears. You are loved and appreciated.

❤️it is " for the Bears " .....Thank you Janet

Thank you for sharing such a tribute to the volunteers with us. I had no idea. Thank you to all the Betty’s Bears!! 🐻❤️

Thank you to all Betty's Bears for everything you do for our bears and ABR.

Thank you to all the Betty's Bears! 💕❤️💕

Met some of the wonderful volunteers at our tour last week! So very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. ♥️🐻🐾

Thank you for a wonderful tribute to your volunteers. They are slightly better than some of us to offer their time unselfishly to ABR. Thank you Betty’s 🐻

Thank you Betty’s Bears for all you do and thank you Janet for recognizing them.❤️

A huge Thank You to all the volunteers for all you do! I wish we lived closer so that I could participate but, the round trip from Northern Michigan makes a little problem! 😂😂💕🐻💕🐻

Thank you Betty's bears, for all the dedicated, behind the scenes, work that you do to keep ABR running smoothly!! Your efforts do not go unappreciated!! To everyone at ABR, thank you for the amazing service you provide for bears. You are an amazing group of people!!

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers!!!

Thank you Curator Janet! This was a chapters behind the seines I for one should have known, but never gave it that much thought. Glad you did! I have heard the Betty Jones name before. This is an honor in her name. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. What a wonderful group you have surrounding this ABR. Thank you everyone for all you do, large or small.

THANKS SO MUCH, Janet!! I agree and couldn’t be prouder of ABR’s outstanding Betty’s Bears’ volunteer group, but I’m also very proud to be associated with our incredible Curators and dedicated staff. I’ve had the honor of working with them for the past five years, and I can say our volunteers don’t do what they do for the recognition (though we do try to show our appreciation in many ways). There’s only one explanation for all they do... they have a ❤️ for black bears and cubs and know that, working together with our Curators, Staff and Board, they can help make a better life for ABR cubs and all black bears. ABR is blessed with incredible people (including its supporters), who also happen to be bear lovers

Thank you so much for the work you do. I really like seeing the pictures of the babies, and watching them grow. What a rewarding job. The only bad part would be in the Fall when they go back to being wild bears, I would cry the whole time! But I know that is the mission of ABR ! 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Yay for the volunteers! You all are located in the “Volunteer” state!! 🐻

If they could the bears would say a huge thankyou for all you do ..💕

A Beary Big Thank You to all the volunteers, the curators and ABR for doing such an outstanding and wonderful job for the chubbies cubbies 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻🌲💫

I would like to convey my deepest gratitude and respect to the volunteers for all their tireless dedication and effort. It has been mentioned by individuals in South Africa that are involved in animal rehabilitation, how touched and impressed they are with the blessed work done by ALL at the ABR!

What a beautiful tribute... wish I was close enough to volunteer.

Curator Janet, thank you for bringing attention to ABRs volunteers, I hope they know how important they are! You stated just how important the duties they accomplish help our precious bears. Their selfless work helps prevent bears from needing the assistance of ABR, by educating and bringing awareness to the public of how our actions affect wildlife. Keep up the fabulous job volunteers, we appreciate your contribution to ABRs success! 🐻♥️🐻

What a nice write up. I wished I lived closer, I would volunteer my time for such a great place, thank you to all your volunteers and also all of you at ABR.

A lovely salute to your volunteers. I'm grateful for their service, also.

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Hello from Curator David. You would think after all the work we did before the facility tours last weekend there’d be nothing left to do, but it seems we always have things on the go. We removed culvert dens from a couple of the Acclimation Pens and relocated them to Wild Enclosures, covering them with branches and logs to make them more appealing to future residents. We’re also repairing the existing dens the bears “rearranged” and we painted the new doors on Acclimation Pens 3 and 4. The doors will help make releasing bears into the pens easier and safer for both humans and cubs. The greatly anticipated installation of the cameras is progressing! We installed a cable connection box outside of Pens 1 and 2 and hope the actual camera installation will begin this week. The pictures and videos will show how the bears use their accommodations and how they interact when the curators aren’t near.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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Hello from Curator David. You would think after all the work we did before the facility tours last weekend there’d be nothing left to do, but it seems we always have things on the go. We removed culvert dens from a couple of the Acclimation Pens and relocated them to Wild Enclosures, covering them with branches and logs to make them more appealing to future residents.  We’re also repairing the existing dens the bears  “rearranged” and we painted the new doors on Acclimation Pens 3 and 4. The doors will help make releasing bears into the pens easier and safer for both humans and cubs. The greatly anticipated installation of the cameras is progressing! We installed a cable connection box outside of Pens 1 and 2  and hope the actual camera installation will begin this week. The pictures and videos will show how the bears use their accommodations and how they interact when the curators aren’t near.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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Are the cameras going to be webcams??? That wouod be awesome *_*

👋 Hi Curator David! You guys work so hard all of the time! Thank you for all you do 🤗

I really like the idea of cameras, both for the health and safety of the Cub, but also possibly ABR fans can see the little ones.

Is this the longest you've been without cubs?

Thank you curators & volunteers for all your hard work. Thanks also to the formerly AWOL arrows. It would seem that they are working extra hard also...hmmm, maybe feeling just a bit guilty for having run off and left the humans with so much work?

Thank you each and every one for all you do. Had to chuckle at the curators repairing the "rearrangements" which no doubt will be re-rearranged by bears in the future...:)

How many acres does the ABR have for the bears?

No rest for the weary. Thanks for all you do and for the new cameras coming. I’m glad the cubs have had enough to eat and stayed safe.

Thanks for all you do to help the Cubbies and for all of your hard work at ABR, How exactly did ABR get started??

As I have remarked several times, a Curator's work is never done! Good work Curators! 🙂

Wow, I'm excited about the cameras!!! Even though I miss the cubs, I'm so glad

Glad to see the arrows back to work too!

Can’t wait for y’all to have the cameras operating. But, I’m glad no cubbies are in residence.

Seems like you have a never ending job always something that needs doing,ready just in case but hopefully not needed, the cameras Will be great to see a how the cubs react but it would be nice if they're not needed......there again being selfish i think i have withdrawal symptoms,,

Thank you Curator David, for sharing all the updates you Curator gentleman have been into. I personal think it is all coming together nicely. I'm thinking Curator Tom is a pro at some of those job. Try to stay dry & warm in the next few days.

Thank you for all the details on progress at ABR this winter! So many exciting and educational things going on!

I've missed those arrows!

I am so excited about the cameras!!

So looking forward to what those cameras will allow us to see!

Hello Curator David....Loved And Enjoyed Your Information On The Tour Last Saturday

There are none at ABR!!! Thank you for all your hard work!!!

Loving the extra camera's.

Thank you for all that you are doing for our beloved bears!

Wonderful work, thank you for all you do 🐻🐻🐻

The camera will be awesome!!

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7 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Daryl Ratajczak: “ABR’s Facebook friends are passionate about bears! Hearing stories about ABR cubs, their extraordinary situations and their successful release is what keeps many of you coming back for more. It seems hearing about their exploits has a way of making us smile. Well, now is your chance to smile and experience a truly special night of story-telling and like-minded bear-camaraderie.

Kim Delozier, retired biologist from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and co-author of the best selling book “Bear in the Backseat,” and I, Daryl Ratajczak, ABR’s first curator and former Chief of Wildlife for the state of Tennessee, will be spending an evening with you ONLINE, in the comfort of your own home. We will be presenting a webinar called “Bear Tales” on the evening of Tuesday, February 27th, at 7 PM(EST) and all you will need is a computer or iPad and a strong internet connection. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy wonderful tales about some amazing bears.

Kim and I will share stories of bears that have come through ABR’s gates (some of them 20 years ago!), as well as numerous adventures of bears and other wildlife we have known in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This will be a LIVE webinar. Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged! For more information about the “Bear Tales” webinar or to register contact:

Wildlifeforyoutraining@gmail.com

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Appalachian Bear Rescue.”
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Daryl Ratajczak: “ABR’s Facebook friends are passionate about bears! Hearing stories about ABR cubs, their extraordinary situations and their successful release is what keeps many of you coming back for more. It seems hearing about their exploits has a way of making us smile. Well, now is your chance to smile and experience a truly special night of story-telling and like-minded bear-camaraderie.

Kim Delozier, retired biologist from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and co-author of the best selling book “Bear in the Backseat,” and I, Daryl Ratajczak, ABR’s first curator and former Chief of Wildlife for the state of Tennessee, will be spending an evening with you ONLINE, in the comfort of your own home. We will be presenting a webinar called “Bear Tales” on the evening of Tuesday, February 27th, at 7 PM(EST) and all you will need is a computer or iPad and a strong internet connection. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy wonderful tales about some amazing bears.

Kim and I will share stories of bears that have come through ABR’s gates (some of them 20 years ago!), as well as numerous adventures of bears and other wildlife we have known in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This will be a LIVE webinar. Asking questions is not only allowed, it is encouraged! For more information about the “Bear Tales” webinar or to register contact: 

Wildlifeforyoutraining@gmail.com 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Appalachian Bear Rescue.”

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I'm sorry, but I don't exactly understand how a webinar works. I would love to do this/

I keep coming back. I love all the stories and information. Looking forward to this one

By all means, if anyone has any questions with how this works, please feel free to ask or send me an IM. I would be happy to work with anyone beforehand to show you how the webinar works.

Judy Sparks Schinbeckler Keith, what do you think?

For the victims, their families and friends.
For all of us.
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For the victims, their families and friends. 
For all of us.

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There is so much heartbreak in our world. For me, my animal Work is therapy. I expect that many look at this site as the same. We need some happy. 💔😢

😢 I just wanted to reach thru the tv and hug every child wandering aimlessly out of the school. They looked so scared, lost and alone 😢

Thoughts and prayers from the UK for the victims and their families. Cannot imagine how terrified every mother is over there when they wave their children off to school. I am with Beverley caring for the creatures on our planet is therapy.

Prayers for all the Families involved in this tragic disaster! Enough is enough! ! God Bless all these Families, Prayers for strength, peace, comfort!

Amen so sorry. God recieved thier souls. ♡ uk

How many will be too many....prayers for the families.

How many more times does this have to happen before the NRA makes changes. Prayers for the victims and their families.

No words! Prayers to the families and students may our Creator comfort them and bring them peace in time 😢💔💔

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 prayers for all everyone !💔😢💔😢

I don't have a solution but it is getting so routine everyone just says "On no, another one "

Prayers for all🙏

God bless these families and community.

Prayers to all!

Imma share this

Tears, hugs, and prayers

Thank you, sharing.

Amen.

Sad 😔

God bless

Amen 🙏🏻

🙏🏼

😿

😪 💕

😢😢😢😢❤❤❤❤❤❤

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ABR Update-February 14, 2018 -Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our “bear-less” state may seem normal to our new Facebook friends, but we can assure you it isn’t always like this. Two years ago today, we received Alonzo Bear, a starving yearling who weighed only 12.9 pounds. The TWRA had received yet another call of a bear in distress, a common occurrence during the famine year. They succeeded in trapping the little fellow and transported him to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center where Curator Janet accepted him into our care. Apart from obvious malnutrition, Alonzo was in reasonably good health; he even had a few adult teeth coming in. An imminent snowstorm complicated matters, so Curator Greg (now Park Ranger Greg) arrived to transport the bear back to ABR to allow Curator Janet to go home. Alonzo was just one of the 26 bears in residence that month and there were more to come before the famine ended in the summer of 2016. Alonzo returned to the wild on June 10, 2016, weighing 55 pounds, a good weight for a yearling at the beginning of the summer soft mast (berry) season.

We’re happy to read the latest update from The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center regarding Black Bear Patient #4319 (also known as Eve Bear). Eve is recovering from a severe case of mange and though she’s still a “bare bear”, she’s making good progress. Please click on the link below for new photos of Eve and a history of her stay at Fund for Animals.

www.facebook.com/pg/thefundforanimalswildlifecenter/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155937573485097

Thank you for helping Alonzo and all the little bears who come to ABR. You are “compassion in action”. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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ABR Update-February 14, 2018 -Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our “bear-less” state may seem normal to our new Facebook friends, but we can assure you it isn’t always like this. Two years ago today, we received Alonzo Bear, a starving yearling who weighed only 12.9 pounds. The TWRA had received yet another call of a bear in distress, a common occurrence during the famine year. They succeeded in trapping the little fellow and transported him to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center where Curator Janet accepted him into our care. Apart from obvious malnutrition, Alonzo was in reasonably good health; he even had a few adult teeth coming in. An imminent snowstorm complicated matters, so Curator Greg (now Park Ranger Greg)  arrived to transport the bear back to ABR to allow Curator Janet to go home. Alonzo was just one of the 26 bears in residence that month and there were more to come before the famine ended in the summer of 2016. Alonzo returned to the wild on June 10, 2016, weighing 55 pounds, a good weight for a yearling at the beginning of the summer soft mast (berry) season. 

We’re happy to read the latest update from The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center regarding Black Bear Patient #4319 (also known as Eve Bear). Eve is recovering from a severe case of mange and though she’s still a “bare bear”,  she’s making good progress. Please click on the link below for new photos of Eve and a history of her stay at Fund for Animals.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/thefundforanimalswildlifecenter/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155937573485097

Thank you for helping Alonzo and all the little bears who come to ABR. You are “compassion in action”. Happy Valentine’s Day! 
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❤️❤️🤗 Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone at ABR! Would it ever be possible to have a Facebook live q & a with Coy & Janet?

When I first glanced at this post, all I saw was "received Alonzo Bear" and my heart dropped!! Whew that'll teach me to read from the beginning of the post. Happy Valentines Day ABR, ABR alumni, and followers!

Love the art! And I guess all rehabbers are holding our breath on when babies will appear. Opossums and squirrels so far until 3 days ago. Now I have a red fox that is about a week old today

How long will Eve’s recovery take? Poor little cub.

I noted you did not have her eyes covered during anesthesia. ABR covers their bears eyes. Thank you for the help for Eve.

A very Happy Valentine's Day to you all at ABR, to your families as well. Thank you soo much for making us a part of the ABR Family! Thank you for all you do in striving to make ABR the best ever place for cubbies that are abandoned, sick, injured,and giving them their Second Chance at life back in the Wild! Absolutely love your Mission with all the cubbies that come to ABR!! 😀🐻🐻🐻💖💛💙💚💛💖💚

Happy Valentine's Day to you all... You are a true blessing to the Bears... Thank you for all you do... 💕

Happy Valentine's Day! My husband and I enjoyed the tour last weekend. Glad to see money donated is well spent!

Happy Valentine's Day to all at ABR!

Happy Valentine’s Day to the ABR staff, volunteers and former residents who have shared and benefited from the love and care of Cubs.

May all the little guys u find be blessed & live a long life!

Happy Valentine's day to all of you. Thank you for all you do 🐻🐻🐻❤

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone at ABR and love to all your former residents. ❤️🌹❤️

Happy Valentine's to all of you,glad that Eve is making progress and will hopefully soon not be a bare bear...

Happy Valentines Day to everyone at ABR and all the former residents, especially Finnegan!

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you at ABR!!!

Love what you do, so interested all the way from Yorkshire Uk.😍 x

Wow. Feb. 2016 was an eventful month! That was before I discovered ABR on FB.

Happy Valentines Day to all those at ABR and to all the former residents.

A Beary Happy Valentine's Day ABR ❤️🐻🐻🐻✨💫

Happy Valentine's Day ABR❤❤❤

Happy Valentine Day to all the crew at ABR♥️ you all have so much love daily to do what you do. Thank You All! Hoping Finn Bear is doing well and extra special kisses and love to him.

Happy Valentine's Day ABR! You are ALL awesome! 💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️

Happy Valentines day !!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤

Happy Valentine's Day!

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