The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) remains focused on protecting the health and well-being of our staff, the wildlife in our care and the community in which we serve. We have a heightened awareness of practices enabled to limit disease transmission. This webpage will provide the most up-to-date information regarding our current operations.

Important Updates!

As the busy season winds down and our summer intern support comes to a close, the Wildlife In Need Center has made the decision to change our hours of operation beginning on Sunday, October 4th. We will be only accepting wildlife patients between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. We will continue to return voicemail messages from 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.

From everyone at the Wildlife in Need Center (WINC), as of, May 7th, we will be ACCEPTING ALL SPECIES WE NORMALLY ADMIT (native species to our SE area of Wisconsin, except skunks and white-tailed deer). We have added some supportive staffing to our daily animal care teams, making this possible. As of May 31, PLEASE NOTE: We will only accept patients from Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge, and Washington Counties. These are the local communities where we have release sites, where the majority of our members and donors live, and where we present the majority of our education programs. Also, it is not in the best interest of wildlife to be transported long distances around the state.

If you have found an animal that needs help please call us (262) 965-3090 – we are returning voicemail messages from 9 am-4 pm, seven days a week. You have to CALL FIRST TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT before bringing an animal to our center.  Appointments are made daily between 10 am-2 pm.

Animal care staff is the only people on-site and their time will be focused on caring for the wild patients in our hospital therefore; we are unable to provide specific patient updates.

Additionally, after careful consideration, WINC’s summer Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program and orientations for the 2020 season are cancelled. Due to our limited staffing and the public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel this is the necessary decision in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. Our Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program consists of about 100 individuals from the age of 12 years up to 84 years of age and each one of you will truly be missed. For those volunteers who were looking to return for another season or a first timer interested in learning, we hope you will keep us in mind for the 2021 season.

If anyone has questions regarding the Baby Bird Feeding Volunteer Program, please refer to our website or email Mitch Ruiz, the Baby Bird Feeder Volunteer Coordinator, at We appreciate your continued patience and support while we continue to navigate this difficult situation.

Staff continues to be in awe of your compassion for wildlife and your continued support during these trying times! Please continue to refer to our website for updated information about our operations during COVID-19.”


*New wildlife patients will be accepted by APPOINTMENT ONLY.*

This will require any finders to call in advance, leave a voicemail, wait for staff to get back to you about our new patient drop-off instructions, and set up an appointment with staff. DO NOT drop off a patient without setting up an appointment. Here are the instructions you will see when you arrive at WINC.

As always, if you or someone you know has a wildlife question, please refer to our website or leave us a message at (262) 965-3090. We appreciate your continued patience while we continue to navigate this difficult situation.

The critical work of WINC is continuing in order to ensure the care and health of our animals still in residence. If you are seeking a way to help animals and our community in the midst of uncertainty, we would be grateful for your financial support. Click the button below to help our wild patients today.


Click here to donate!


Here is other helpful information:

Our website also remains a great resource and includes helpful information on what can be done if you encounter a wild animal you think needs help, including any baby animals that may have become separated from their families linked here.  Also, this is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s website listing all Wisconsin wildlife rehabilitators.