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Say Hello to the Spring Babies In Need!

    In honor of our 25th Anniversary, please help us raise $2,500 to support the spring babies! Every orphaned animal require species specific diets and housing enclosures. Baby birds need to be fed every 30 minutes and baby mammals can be fed up to 5 to 6 times a day. Waterfowl as they grow, transition to large outdoor aquatic aviaries, and Raccoons experience natural behavior in larger outdoor enclosures. Raccoons stay at WINC the longest, for 4 months! The wildlife hospital is open 365 days a year and our busiest days, we have over 550 wild patients in our care! We need your help provide rehabilitation and medical care for over 3,300 wild patients that WINC treats annually. To donate please... read more

Painting For Wildlife Event

On Sunday March 10th, the Wildlife In Need Center hosted its first ever Wildlife Painting Class. The event was a great success and we look forward to hosting more events in the future! Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting Studios and her assistant Cat, demonstrated step-by-step painting tips and tricks to the class, as Grace our American Kestrel and the inspiration for the completed painting, posed during the event. The final results were amazing!! Here are a few photos of the... read more

25th Anniversary Annual Banquet

The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) is hosting their annual banquet, “25 Years of Caring for Our Wisconsin Wildlife”, on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at The Legend at Brandybrook on 1 Legend Way in Wales, WI.  Enjoy a walk through time with displays of historical photos and memorable wildlife rehabilitation & release stories throughout the Wildlife In Need Center’s 25 years! The dinner offers served starters, three entrée choices along with a mixed greens salad, roasted vegetable medley, garlic whipped potatoes with sour cream and an assortment of delightful desserts. Along with the dinner, there will be events throughout the evening such as a silent and voice auction, raffle, cash bar and program. For more information go to: http://www.helpingwildlife.org/events/winc-annual-banquet/ To purchase tickets go to: https://wildlifeinneed.networkforgood.com/events/11296-25th-annual-banquet or contact the Wildlife In Need Center at (262) 965-3090. A listing of silent and live auction items will be posted on our website for viewing closer to the day of the event.   Corporate Sponsor:  ... read more

25th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast

                   The Wildlife In Need Center invites you to our Annual Pancake Breakfast and Baby Shower! Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 8:00 am -1:00 pm at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions Club 235 Main Street Dousman, WI 53118 *Please note this event is not at our facility.* Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, corned beef hash, bake sale goodies, and more! Ticket Prices: $8 Adults & Children ages 12 & up $4 Children ages 11 & under Children ages 2 and under are Free This event is also a baby shower for all of the Spring wildlife orphans that WINC raises and releases back into the wild. Some of the items we need most would be: puppy chow hull-less/no waste birdseed mixed bird seed whole nuts (still in shell) paper towels bleach (disinfecting) laundry detergent Plus… ♦ Our educational ambassadors will also be on-site for people to meet! ♦ Shop our gift shop with one-of-a-kind wildlife items ♦ Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Kayak & Bending Branches Paddle $5.00... read more

White Pelican

Many people have been asking for an update on our White Pelican so here’s a fun fact for you – he is still with us in part because of the federal government shutdown…here’s why: The White Pelican patient was brought in to WINC around Thanksgiving emaciated and filled with parasites. He is now doing well and all done with rehabilitation process. We were able to treat his parasites and help him get back up to normal weight with his breakfast and dinners of live fish! Through his rehabilitation we discovered he had an old injury in his left elbow that had already started to develop arthritis. He has very limited range of motion in the joint due to the injury as well as arthritis and because of this he is not releasable. His arthritis will need to continue to be monitored and he will need to get medication to help with any discomfort in that elbow joint. This video shows our staff throwing him a fish with his pill of medication hidden in the fish, which he takes readily! We began networking and looking for permanent placement for him at a zoo or sanctuary. We *hope* to place him at the El Paso Zoo in Texas. We already are in communication with the staff there, but we need U.S. Fish & Wildlife approval for placement. Unfortunately, with the current government shutdown, we will be housing the Pelican until we can get approval for his placement and get him transferred. So we need help feeding him, as having to feed a piscivore (fish eater) is not cheap. The pelican eats about... read more

Wildlife Painting Class Event

We are excited to announce our 1st ever Wildlife Painting Class Event to be held at WINC! Sunday, March 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Enjoy an afternoon with Stacey Ball of Stickman Painting  Studios to paint a picture of Grace, our America Kestrel, on a 16 x 20 canvas using acrylic paints. Grace will be joining us while we paint! Cost of the class is $50 with $15 of every ticket going to support WINC.  The class size is limited to just 40 people so… Don’t wait, Get you ticket today!! Tickets can be purchased through Stickman Painting Studios: https://app.getoccasion.com/xp/fKbgvK2p... read more

2nd Annual Feathers In Focus Winners Announced!

Thank you so much to all of the professional and amateur photographers who joined us October 6th, for Feathers in Focus, WINC’s photography workshop. Each of the photographers had the opportunity to take photos of WINC’s feathered ambassadors, and enter those photos into a contest. Without further ado… SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW 2018 WINNERS! Thank you to judges, Sean Merewood, Kim Banach, and Maddi Williams, who had a difficult time deciding on the winning photos. They chose a Best Personality and Best in Show for each of the educational ambassadors, as well as a few Honorable Mentions. See all the winners on our Facebook page, and watch for the winning photos to be gracing the walls of our gathering room soon! The 2019 date for Feathers in Focus is October 12th. The winners are as follows: • Best Personality:         • Best in Show:         • Honorable Mentions:      ... read more

Fund-A-Fox!

Bare with us…this is a long post, but it goes into detail about a current case we are treating that is very interesting and filled with twists and turns!  Back on September 21st an adult male Red Fox was admitted to The Wildlife In Need Center suffering from Mange. A parasite naturally found in the environment that can affect the skin condition of wild mammals. Mange mites get underneath the skin and cause itching, irritation, and fur loss. It is common that we begin to see mange patients as we head into fall and winter since they can become more easily debilitated with cold weather after suffering fur loss. Mange can be treated if caught early enough since another symptom can be emaciation (very underweight). This is what we usually have to focus on when starting their treatment so they can stay strong during the rehab process. Unfortunately, near the end of his mange treatment we noticed that one of his back toes was starting to swell and overnight one night it quickly became 3 times larger than a normal digit. The skin was stretched so much that it opened. We were unsure what had happened and thought that maybe he hurt it trying to get out of the smaller transfer caging he was still in. There was enough damage to the toe it needed to be amputated. We decided to move forward with surgery to amputate the toe, keeping our fingers crossed that a fox would not continue to self-mutilate the foot post-surgery…most wild species don’t do well with the e-collars people may use on their pets post-surgery... read more

Giving Tuesday! Let’s Raise $17,000

Giving Tuesday is November 27! Let’s raise $17,000. A generous donor will match the first $5,000! The Wildlife In Need Center’s passion for saving wild lives continues as we approach our 25th anniversary. This year we have admitted 3,200 wild patients and we reached 100,000 people with our wildlife education programs, and the year is not over! This year on our busiest day we had over 550 patients in house at one time.  Through teamwork and compassion, volunteers and staff were able to care for each and every animal in our rehabilitation center. Let’s go wildlife for wildlife and help us raise $17,000 on Giving Tuesday, November 27. All donations are tax-deductible. Please CARE and SHARE this message with friends and family! Please make a donation today (262)... read more

Marketing and Administrative Assistant Position

The Wildlife In Need Center is seeking applicants for a full time Marketing and Administrative Assistant position. You can apply your passion and talents contributing to the mission and being a part of WINC soaring to new heights! For more information and how to apply click... read more

UPCOMING EVENTS

25th Anniversary Celebration Event Saturday, July 20th, 10 am-5 pm at WINC

Wildlife in the Park, Cory Park, Dousman Saturday, September 7th  3 pm-7 pm

Spaghetti Dinner, Lions Club, Dousman Saturday, September 28th  4 pm-7:30 pm

Feathers in FocusClick here for updates

Annual Fine Wine & Dine                         Westmoor Country Club,Brookfield                Friday, October 25th  6 pm-9:30 pm

Giving Tuesday, WINC, Tuesday, December 3rd  All day – midnight

Holiday Meet & Greet Event, WINC            Saturday, December 7th  10 am-12 pm

Annual Banquet: The Legend at Brandybook, Saturday, April 25, 2020

Pancake Breakfast, The Lions Club, Dousman, Sunday, March 2020