Animal Admission

Make a donation on behalf of an animal you brought in for care

Wildwoods is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we rely on the donations of individuals like yourself. On average it costs $37 a week to provide food, medicine, shelter and medical supplies for each animal that enters our care. To make an even bigger impact in the lives of vulnerable animals like the one you gave a second chance to, please make a donation today.

I want an update on an animal I brought in

Please email and provide as much of the following information as possible. While we try to respond to every inquiry as soon as possible, we thank you for your patience and understanding as it may take us a week or so to follow up.

  • Admit Number - this should have been provided to you at the door, or sent to you via email or regular mail. If you don't have an admit number, please be aware it may take longer to look up the status of the patient(s).
  • Name of the person who dropped off the animal
  • Date the animal was brought in
  • Species

What happens when an animal is admitted to Wildwoods?

All animals are examined and assessed by a trained rehabilitator and a course of care is determined. Depending on the needs of the animal this includes types and amount of food, medications, shelter set-up and schedule for re-assessment.

Healthy orphans are hydrated and quarantined in a warm enclosure until we determine it's safe to add them to a group of similarly aged orphans of the same species. We make sure the new addition isn't going to transmit any parasites or diseases to the others, and that the others will accept their new 'sibling.' When they are old enough to survive on their own, they are released in a safe area, close to where they were found whenever possible.

Injured adults are evaluated and assigned a treatment plan based on their injuries, body condition and species. This could include a specialized diet plan, bandages, splints, and antibiotics and/or pain medications. They are then monitored closely for changes in condition or behavior, and their care plan is re-assessed. Once they are healthy and able to survive on their own, they are released in a safe location within their original territory when possible.

Transferring animals to other facilities may become necessary when Wildwoods is unable to provide the best care possible for an animal. We work with a network of highly skilled and qualified facilities, such as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, MN or The Raptor Center in St. Paul, MN. Once an animal is transferred to another facility, the care and handling of that animal's case becomes the receiving facility's responsibility.

Our goal is always the rehabilitation and release of the wild animals that find their way through our doors, and we will use every resource available to us to find a way to save each animal that we treat. However, if it becomes clear that the survival of the animal will include a lifetime of suffering, we believe the only compassionate thing to do is to is to offer a peaceful and dignified end.

Can I release an animal I brought in?

When you bring in an animal, let us know if you'd like to be the one to release it if/when it is healthy enough. Please understand, however, that due to the volume of animals we treat and release, and to the fact that every situation is unique, it may not be possible and we can't make any guarantees. This is particularly true of animals that are transferred to other facilities who may have other policies and procedures.