Rehabilitating Raptors: "A second chance at life"

SELAH, Wash.--Marsha and Shannon Dalon run Raptor House, a rehabilitation center for birds. Yesterday they picked up two injured birds, a dove and a red tailed hawk. Action News was allowed to join in on their visit to see Ellensburg veterinarian Michael Fuller.

Both of the birds are believed to have sustained injuries due to electrical power lines and while the dove would recover, the red tailed hawk unfortunately had to be put down.

"It can be hard of course our goal-Marsha and my goal is to save every bird that we can but unfortunately there's cases where we can't do that," said founder Shannon Dalon.

They say it comes with the job especially around this time of year.

"Fall and winter then you're going to have those casualty can't always save them those birds where they can go back into the wild because of the damages they sustain," said founder Marsha Dalon.

About 35 percent of the birds found in the winter will be released back into the wild versus 90 percent of those found in the spring and summer. And while there are casualties, it's the success stories that keep this couple going.

"When you can take something in that's broken and you can fix that and give it a second chance at life that's an amazing opportunity," said Marsha.

"Words can't express the feelings to see that bird come out of that cage after all that long hard work and see him fly take flight and then perch out in that tree and know it was a job well done," said Shannon.

Spreading his wings to fly where he belongs, which is back into the wild.

On average each year, it costs about $53,000 to feed these raptors. Raptor house is run on volunteer work and donations. If you would like to help please visit