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Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release
Wildlife Rescue receives over 10,000 wild animals every year. Among these are opossums, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, skunks, squirrels, and many other mammals along with over 100 species of birds and many reptiles.
The animals who come to us for help have been orphaned, injured, or displaced. We see the majority in the spring and summer months during “baby season,” but we do rescues throughout the year, both day and night. Orphaned opossums whose mothers have been killed by dogs or humans, baby birds who have fallen from nests and cannot be reunited with their parents, bobcat babies whose mothers have been shot by hunters, and raccoons caught in live traps and transported miles away leaving their babies to starve are just a few of the situations that bring animals to our hospital and nursery.
Our staff of Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Animal Caretakers, Apprentices, and Volunteers care for the animals in our Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital & Veterinary Clinic. Each animal is given exactly what he or she needs to get back to where they belong — which is the wild. We use species-specific formulas and diets, keep them warm and dry, and minimize hands-on contact.
Stress is a serious concern when rehabilitating wild animals and we do everything we can to eliminate it. Rehabilitation rooms are kept warm, lights dim, and voices low, and we use calming scents and remedies. Rescued animals, during preparation for release, are given proper housing that mimics what they would have in the wild and veterinary attention when needed.
Animals in rehabilitation can spend anywhere from a few days to several months at WRR before release. It all depends on the species, how old they were when they arrived, and the nature of their injuries. Releases take place on sites that have been inspected and approved by WRR animal care staff. Release sites are often large acreages, and all are chosen to meet species-specific needs for vegetation and terrain and that have year-round water and food sources. All release sites are hunting-free zones.