|Becoming Involved with Wildlife Rehabilitation|
How can I get involved?
Few people are paid to do wildlife rehabilitation—it is primarily a labor of love. Many home-based rehabilitators have full or part-time jobs in addition to their rehabilitation duties. Even those who work in cooperation with wildlife centers tend to cover at least some of the associated costs out of their own pockets. Wildlife centers are nearly always nonprofit organizations, and while there may be a few paid staff members, volunteers and home-based rehabilitators perform much of the work.
Volunteering either at a center or with a home-based wildlife rehabilitator is a wonderful way to learn about the profession. Hands-on rehabilitation is not the only way you can help wildlife in need. There are many other jobs associated with running a center that are available to volunteers, including record keeping, fundraising, construction, and public education. Answering telephone calls from the public is another of the hundreds of tasks to be done.
Finally, one of the most important ways to support wildlife is by making a generous tax-deductible donation of money or supplies. Click here to read more about Supporting your Local Wildlife Rehabilitator or here for more information on how to donate directly to NWRA.
What is the difference between Center-based and Home-based Rehabilitators?