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There are many ways you can help your local individual Authorized Wildlife Custodian or your local wildlife rehabilitation centre.


Many Authorized Wildlife Custodians and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres have Wish Lists of items that you can donate to help them with the work they do. Many times these are items you might just discard, but for wildlife rehabilitation, they can be useful. Some of the more common things* are:

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Heavy gloves, waterproof gloves, rubber boots

  • Cages (sturdy kennel cabs)

  • Paper products (paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper - used for animal bedding and nesting)

  • Cleaning supplies, e.g. bleach, disinfecting detergents

  • Medical supplies (needles, syringes, hydration fluids, bandages, medications, medical equipment, etc.)

  • Building supplies (wire mesh for caging, lumber for den/nest boxes)

  • Skilled Trades help

  • Handyman help (for cage building, etc.)

  • Office Supplies and Equipment

  • High quality food (name brand dog and cat kibble canned or dry)

  • Powdered Milk Replacers (KMR, Esbilac - mfg by PetAg)

  • Fresh fruits, vegetables, in season

  • Nuts in shells (not peanuts)

  • Volunteer your skills and time!

*Each individual or centre will have slightly different needs. Contact your local wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife rehabilitation centre and ask them for their specific "Wish List". 


Your local area rehabilitators and smaller centres very often don't have access to advertising budgets and may not be as well known through media exposure often given to larger centres in big urban areas.


When you take the time to find out who and where your local Authorized Wildlife Custodians are, you are then helping that organization or individual by ensuring they can continue to be there to provide skilled, professional care for the native wildlife in your area. It benefits wildlife not to be subjected to the stress of being transported back hundreds of miles for release when they are ready to be returned to their home territory.



Be sure to check out OWREN's Wish List HERE!

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