So very grateful for all the kind words from all...
It is truly amazing what wildlife rehabilitators can do. We visited one such place in Oklahoma and it was astounding how many Red Tails she had in her various areas - from post-op to single cages to a very large aviary that held dozens of birds.
She also had a coyote or two, and a litter of fox kits that someone found - probably not abandoned but captured anyway.
In Colorado one such place could not get rid of a little mule deer because it kept coming back every time they released it. During hunting season they draped a huge orange cape over it to protect it from hunters.
And I am deeply touched by the number of 'Catters who sacrifice themselves to save a creature or two from man's relentless rape of the earth.
As my hero John Denver sang (although the words were not his)
"its we who will measure the cost."