Over the past couple years, Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation, in Herrin, has taken in over 800 native animals to help rehabilitate them, so they could be released back into the wild. Beverly Shofstall, the founder and director, opened Free Again in 1988 after working for Central Hospital for Animals in Herrin. “The veterinarians are responsible for the domestic animals, so they didn’t really pay attention to any of the wildlife that just got dropped off,” Shofstall said. “I love wildlife, so I started taking care of them.” According to their website, Free Again is the largest and only all-animal facility in southern Illinois. Free Again is also the only facility south of I-64, which accepts large birds of prey such as eagles, owls and hawks, Shofstall said. Emily Fielden, a regular volunteer at Free Again, said the seasons dictate what kinds of animals are brought into the facility. “[In] spring, it’s all babies; raccoons, possums and bunnies,” Fielden said. “Anybody that finds [a bird] usually brings it to us.” Fielden said during peak season she’s seen a day where the facility took in 20 animals. During winter, there have been days where no animals come in. With the facility...