Coronavirus

The Wildlife In Need Center 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, including any updates about when we will be able to re-open for patient admissions.

The Wildlife In Need Center has made the very difficult decision to temporarily stop admitting new patients beginning Friday, March 27th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first concern remains the health of our crucial and small staff, volunteers, and the public so that, when appropriate, we can resume normal operations to care for the over 3,400 wildlife patients we admit each year.

Our staff continues to care for all remaining patients and Educational Ambassadors, and we appreciate your patience, support, and understanding as we navigate this serious situation together with the communities we serve.

We will continue to return phone messages through our main number 262-965-3090 as long as we can, and still provide advice on wildlife situations.

Even though we will not be able to admit patients at this time, there are still many ways we, as a community, can protect and serve our wildlife neighbors.  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.  In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s website lists other Wisconsin wildlife rehabilitators who may still be able to accept patients.

No one knows how long this will last, but we will be communicating when we re-open to admitting new patients as soon as we can.

We cannot thank our supporters enough who have generously reached out to offer a kind word, financial support, or other donations. Your compassion and patience will keep us driving forward during these unprecedented times.

In the meantime, please stay “safe at home,” and we look forward to serving our community and helping local wildlife again soon.

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.

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