The Wildlife Freedom Foundation — WFF — Southpoint animal sanctuary is more than you probably know. And better than you expect.
By David Stone
WFF‘s sanctuary, often misnamed as “cat” sanctuary, cares for multiple animals in distress. And now that it moves to a new home, an introduction is in order.
About WFF’s Southpoint Wildlife Sanctuary
First time I met WFF executive director Rossana Ceruzzi, she carried medical supplies on her bicycle, caring for sick and injured animals. At the time, her work was all freelance, and no foundation had been formed for organizing efforts.
On assignment, I watched as she tended to a goose with a damaged wing seeing shelter behind Goldwater Hospital. She did the work for nothing, just being an animal lover, and depended on volunteer vets for supplied and care when needed.
Even then, she was adept at navigating problems posed by human intrusion into animal domains. A groundskeeper mowed grass nearby, and she persuaded him to stop until she could tend to the injured bird.
Although volunteering additional time to the now defunct Island Cats group, she would not become as heavily feline focused until they folded.
For nearly 20 years now, Ceruzzi has saved and improved the lives of countless animals on Roosevelt Island. She credits her Italian childhood for teaching her the love of wild things.
Locally, much support comes from RIOC by way of public purpose fund grants. And as a questionable plan to redesign forced a move, RIOC’s built a replacement shelter deeper inside Southpoint.
How you can help WFF help animals…
The Wildlife Freedom Foundations seeks and gladly accepts cash donations.
A New WFF Southpoint Wildlife Sanctuary
While forcing a move, RIOC built a larger and improved space for WFF to house and protect its animals.
Troubles may loom ahead, though. Much as WFF was not told until recently that their sanctuary was build on top of toxic wastes, there is evidence that the frequently careless state agency has done the same thing here.
Old growth trees prove that the soil is not protected by a membrane, and RIOC refuses to disclose test results or even whether any were ever done.
Somehow, Rossana Ceruzzi, WFF and her animals will manage, nevertheless.