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Southington bird sanctuary looking for donations

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Jayne Neville has been caring for birds in her backyard on Mount Vernon Road since the mid-1990s. (WFSB) Jayne Neville has been caring for birds in her backyard on Mount Vernon Road since the mid-1990s. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Over the years, thousands of birds have been cared for in a Southington backyard, but one woman’s missing could be coming to an end.

Jayne Neville has been caring for birds in her backyard on Mount Vernon Road since the mid-1990s.

She’s running out of money for her Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary and hopes to find bird lovers who will chip in a few dollars.

Over the years she has helped rehabilitate more than 2,000 birds that are sent to her from veterinarians and clinics throughout New England and other states.

After they are nursed back to health they are usually released, and some still come back for a visit.

"It's anything from tiny hummingbirds to that large, largest North American woodpecker and everything in between,” Neville said.

But her non-profit donations have dwindled and she’s turning to GoFundMe to help raise money to pay off bills and hopefully build a new flight cage in her yard.

"Birds are it for me, I have a full-time job but this not-for-profit is a huge passion of mine and these special creatures called birds deserve help and need it desperately,” Neville said.

She is trying to raise about $10,000 with the help of her GoFundMe, but it costs about $1,000 per month to operate the sanctuary.

"You know, you feel like you're doing something good for the birds, it's nice to see them released and sometimes they can't be released and they have to be euthanized, so at least they're not suffering outside,” said volunteer Melissa Baston.

To make a donation, click here.

For more information on the sanctuary, click here.

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