“We sold our horses to care for the animals,” she said.
The barn that the horses had occupied is now used as part of the transition process for the animals before they are reintroduced into the wild.
The non-profit organization relies on donations from the public and is in need of more shelter and feed for the animals.
There are currently 26 raccoons, eight opossums, four squirrels, three deer, two coyotes and one rabbit being cared for at the center.
Many of these animals still require to be fed by bottle, which means very little sleep for Eddings and those who assist her.
While the number of animals that Eddings cares for seems large, she finds room in her home, and her heart, to care for as many as possible.
“I’ve never turned an animal away,” Eddings said.
The center can be reached by phone at (618) 428-5266, or through facebook.com/HerrickWildlifeRescue.