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Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (WRI) has provided wildlife intake and rehabilitation services to the communities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View, California since 1974. For over thirty years, WRI has been a resource for citizens and local agencies by accepting injured and orphaned wildlife for the purpose of wildlife rehabilitation under the auspices of the California Department of Fish and Game, Region 3 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Our mission is to fully provide for the welfare of local wildlife and its coexistence with our community through rehabilitation, education and example. Wildlife Rescue serves the community by instilling an awareness of and appreciation for local wildlife and providing a resource for wildlife rehabilitation. WRI provides educational services to the public regarding the critical role our local wildlife play in our Pacific Coastal ecosystems. Our goal is to promote a safe and peaceful coexistence between people and animals that live together in our urban environment, and to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wildlife that are brought to our shelter.
Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (WRI) is a 501( c )(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. We are funded through membership dues, individual and corporate donations and grants. Wildlife Rescue, Inc. has service contracts with the City of Palo Alto and City of Los Altos Hills to help cover some of the facility expenses.
Wildlife Rescue and our volunteers provide many services to our community, including:
WRI volunteers and staff are required to meet Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation guidelines established by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) and the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA). These guidelines are accepted as standards of care by our permitting agencies of the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continuing Education classes are also required to keep volunteers and staff current with the ever-changing field of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
During calendar year 2006, nearly 1800 injured or orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles were brought to WRI. We successfully rehabilitated and released 54.23% of these animals. Our shelter operates 7 days a week, year round. An Urban Wildlife hotline, staffed completely by volunteers, is available during off-hours to provide public assistance.
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Rehabilitation and Release
At Wildlife Rescue, volunteers, staff and consulting veterinarians work together to provide care for a wide variety of patients with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Often our patients arrive at the shelter as a direct result of human activities and we find it especially rewarding to help these animals.
To achieve the goal of rehabilitation and release we must restore wild animals to their natural state. This means that after rehabilitation an animal must be healthy and strong enough to deal with its natural environment and predators. It must be able to feed, find shelter, breed and escape dangers of all kinds. In particular it must be able to deal with the special challenges of living in an urban area- the animal must be properly fearful of domestic pets, cars and people.
To learn more about your local wildlife, our rehabilitation services and as well as other important wildlife protection and educational information, visit our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
The Wildlife We Serve
Wildlife Rescue admits nearly 1800 animals a year.
Birds make up the largest group of animals that we care for, ranging from very small birds like the Anna’s Hummingbird that builds a nest the size of a quarter, up to the White Pelican with a wingspan of over seven feet. In 2006 Wildlife Rescue received 128 mourning doves, 166 mallards and 109 house finches.
Wildlife Rescue also receives a wide variety of mammals. We treat opossums, Brush Rabbits, small rodents, and hundreds of squirrels. Last year alone we treated more than 319 Eastern Gray Squirrels.
In addition, Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates a small number of reptiles and amphibians each year, usually lizards and snakes.
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