VERONA (KDKA) — Spring is the busy season for Jill Argall, director of the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center in Verona.

She describes the center as “a clinic for injured and orphaned wildlife. Our entire goal is to rehabilitate them, and then release them back to the wild, so they get a second chance at life.”

There’s a baby fox with a fractured leg, baby squirrels by the dozen, and little bunnies by the score.

An injured turkey also gets medical treatment.

But for those who are too tame to be released, like a friendly porcupine named Irwin, Jill says, “We go out into classrooms, and community groups, and we’re able to use them as ambassadors for their wild cousins. And we can teach people how to correctly interact with wildlife.”

The Wildlife Center was honored Thursday as the go-to place for confiscated animals, held illegally.

Dan Puhala, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, presented the director with a limited edition print.

Regarding confiscated animals, he says, “Some of them can’t be released into the wild, or some of them wouldn’t be ready to. We’d have to go all the way across the state, or find something else to do with them, which would be very challenging.”

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