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OCE Agency Profile – Wild Again in MS Rescue and Rehabilitation

Posted on: October 8th, 2020 by elpayseu

There’s a good chance that if you travel the highways and byways of Mississippi, that you’ll come across a literal deer in headlights or an armadillo narrowly avoiding the path of a semi-truck. Mississippi wildlife isn’t hard to find among the woods and fields, and Todd and Estelle Rogers are working to make sure that they are protected and cared for.

In 2016, Todd and Estelle founded Wild Again in Mississippi Rescue & Rehabilitation to assist in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured or orphaned native mammals in Mississippi. They also strive to educate the public on the importance in the conservation of the indigenous species in their natural environment. 

It all started when the couple found a hummingbird nesting in their garage. As it worked and they watched, the hummingbird fell and broke its wing, so they immediately took it to the nearest rehabilitation center where it was promptly mended and released. 

This came at a time when Todd and Estelle were looking for a new purpose after the passing of their daughter earlier that year, so they saw this as a sign to dedicate themselves to the preservation of Mississippi’s wildlife creatures. “This organization has given me purpose again,” says Estelle. “They say there is always something good that comes out of something bad.”

Wild Again is operated by a group of volunteers that have an unconditional love of wildlife and that work every day to help injured mammals, young and old. While many of them have years of experience in animal rehabilitation, Estelle says that anyone with a love for animals can get involved. “If you want to come into the hospital, you can do that, but you can also fundraise, build cages,” she says.  

They are hoping to gain more volunteers this year so that they can increase their impact across the area especially with the seasonal arrival of newborn wildlife this fall. According to their website, “the hours can be long, the work can get dirty, and heartbreak can come in an instance,” but Estelle says that the reward of helping these animals is priceless. “Once you get one in your hand, the love just pours out,” says Estelle. “They need you.” 

New volunteers receive one-on-one training upon signing up, so if you would like to get involved, you can visit their website at wildagaininmississippi.org or contact our Area Coordinator Catherine Long at cglong@go.olemiss.edu


Meet Catherine Long – OCE Area Coordinator for Arts, Culture, Environment, Animals

Posted on: September 15th, 2020 by elpayseu
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Catherine Long

“My name is Catherine Long, a senior from Acworth, Georgia, and I’m pursuing a BFA in acting for stage and screen. I will be working as the issue area coordinator for Arts & Culture and Environment, Animals, and Wildlife this year. Since I will be working with so many sweet critters, I would choose talking to animals as my superpower.

I would contribute a lot of my community engagement throughout my college career to being an out of state student trying to invest in the environment around me. I found that once I got more involved in the Oxford community, I began to feel more at home than ever despite being six hours away from my family. The best part of the LOU community, to me, is how friendly everyone is in Oxford. 

While being away from home definitely strengthened my community engagement, I have to give almost all of the credit to my mom for instilling the value of community within me. My mom, Donna Long, has been an educator for over 30 years, so community is a value that I grew up with!

This season has definitely been one for learning and growing, and I have learned a lot about leadership in the last couple of months. I am currently working as the artistic director for a student-run theatre company on campus, Ghostlight Repertory Theatre. During COVID-19, my team and I had to reselect half of our season and create a cautionary plan for this school year to keep our members as safe as possible. 

I have learned a lot about the university’s new rules surrounding COVID-19, but I have also learned how to be a better leader, artist, and creator than ever before!”


As an issue area coordinator, Catherine will be working with organizations like Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Strawberry Plains, Oxford Community Garden, and many others to promote local artists and events as well as sustainability efforts in our community. If you have any questions about opportunities in this area, please contact us at engaged@olemiss.edu.