Wildlife Rescue Center Mission Statement: "The Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Through educational outreach, the Center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourages the community to protect our delicate ecosystems."
Wildlife rehabilitation is defined by the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) as the treatment and temporary care of injured, diseased, and displaced indigenous wildlife and the subsequent return of healthy animals to appropriate habitats in the wild. Successful rehabilitation results in the release of wild animals that are able to recognize and obtain the appropriate foods, select mates of their own species and reproduce, and show the appropriate fear of potential dangers (humans, cars, dogs, etc.). All wildlife released will be medically sound and accustomed to natural foods, and their survival potential will have been deemed adequate by wildlife professionals. These animals are not to be regarded as pets and should not be handled or fed by humans. Please respect this element as a requirement for successful reintroduction to life in the wild.
There are some instances in which rehabilitated animals are released with temporary housing (e.g., squirrel nesting boxes). Our hope is that within a short period of time (up to two months, depending on the season), animals will disperse and develop new territories and nest/den sites. Temporary housing can be removed from the property if it is no longer in use.
The Wildlife Rescue Center Release Site Program has been instituted in an effort to locate prime sites for the release of the Center's patients. If you have any questions or concerns about your local wildlife, please contact the Wildlife Rescue Center at (636) 394-1880.