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Wildlife Center of Virginia

Mission: The mission of the Wildlife Center of Virginia (the Wildlife Center) is to provide a hospital for native wildlife: teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment.

Community Need: During 2017, the Wildlife Center admitted 2,768 patients, with treatment costs averaging nearly $150 per patient.  During 2018, the Center will admit about 2,500 patients, including about 1,000 from the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta, Nelson and Highland Counties.

Constituents Served: Each year, the Wildlife Center provides veterinary treatment and sustained rehabilitative care to thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals from all across Virginia.  During 2017, the Wildlife Center admitted 2,768 patients, including 1,058 from the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta, Nelson and Highland Counties.  Their caseload included: 55 Bald Eagles; 403 Eastern Cottontails; 329 Virginia Opossums; and 198 Eastern Gray Squirrels.  It is estimated that 2,000-2250 households brought an animal to the Wildlife Center for care and 10,000 households contacted them by telephone or email during to get help with wildlife emergencies.

Primary Activities: The Wildlife Center is available to provide state-of-the-art veterinary treatment and sustained rehabilitative care to any sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife from Virginia.  They provide medical services at no charge to the individual or agency representative (animal control, law enforcement officer, humane society) who brings an animal to them for treatment. During its 35+-year history, the Wildlife Center has admitted more than 70,000 animals.  The Center has provided in-clinic training to a generation of wildlife veterinarians and rehabilitators around the world.  Through in-person presentations and their website, the Wildlife Center has shared lessons of wildlife and environmental protection with hundreds of thousands of individuals.

The Wildlife Center’s help-desk, staffed seven days per week, also fills a critical Community Need by providing timely information to help citizens evaluate and deal with wildlife emergencies.  The staff of the front-desk is available seven days a week to help individuals assess whether the animal they’ve encountered really is in need of human intervention/treatment.

The Wildlife Center’s website also includes extensive information on evaluating and rescuing wildlife, including tips for dealing with baby birds, deer, opossums, rabbits, and squirrels; guidelines for safely handling rabies vector species, etc.  The Center’s website is visited by thousands of individuals annually; the Center is unable to assess how many of these visitors come from the CFCBR service area.

The Wildlife Center is continued funding for their veterinary services.  The cost for treating those 1,000 patients will total an estimated $150,000. Treatment costs include salaries for staff veterinarians and rehabilitators (who are assisted by a cadre of volunteers, interns, and unpaid preceptors); medicines and medical supplies; food; outside veterinary and lab services, among others – all of the costs of a full-service veterinary hospital.   So far, they have raised approximately $30,000 towards this goal.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Operating Budget: $2,089,299

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