Welcome to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island

What is a Wildlife Rehabilitator?

While the state has assumed the role of management of our native wildlife, an injured or orphaned animal or bird can only hope to find its way into the hands of licensed individuals best trained to give them the proper care. A licensed rehabilitator is an individual who has obtained the appropriate permit issued by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (D.E.M.), division of Fish and Wildlife, after having received the required training to handle and care for designated species.

The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so they can ultimately be returned to their natural habitats. Wildlife rehabilitation is not an attempt to turn wild animals into pets. Patients are held in captivity only until they are able to live independently in the wild. Fear of humans is a necessary survival trait for wild animals and every effort is made to minimize human contact and prevent the taming of rehabilitation patients. Often this is an elaborate and time-consuming process.

It is against the law to rehabilitate, handle, or care for a wild mammal or bird without the specific permit issued by D.E.M. Most of the licensed rehabilitators within the state of Rhode Island are affiliated with WRARI. Most of our rehabilitators specialized in handling certain species.


Locating a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Rhode Island

     It is against the law to relocate a wild mammal or bird, or take it across the state line.  If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal or bird in Rhode Island, please contact our Wildlife Hotline at 401-294-6363.  Our staff is available to assist you Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 – 1:00 pm.  Or you can try to contact one of the following licensed rehabilitators in your area for help.

        Contact person

       Specialized Species

                Phone #


The Wildlife Clinic of RI

All injured or orphaned animals


240 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown

Chi Chan, rehabilitator

Raccoons,skunks,foxes, woodchucks, and bats



Jen Knerr, rehabilitator

Squirrels,opossums, woodchuck and raccoons



Kristin Fletcher,


All injured or orphaned animals




Arianna Mouradjian All injured or orphaned animals 450-9550 Providence

Marge Greenan

Flying squirrels, opossums, mice, voles and moles



Sandy Schafer Squirrels and chipmunk 477-0471 North Kingstown

DEM, Fish and Wildlife

Adult deer, raptors, raccoons, skunks, foxes, woodchucks, and bats. 

You can also try contacting your local Police/Animal Control


Anywhere within the state of Rhode Island

Ocean State Veterinary Specialist

After hour and weekend emergency only


E. Greenwich


  For Massachusett residents, go to http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/fish-wildlife-plants/wildlife-rehabilitation.html

  For Conneticut residents, go to http://www.cwrawildlife.org/


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Development Team (Bryant University)
Chris Ferreira | Rob Dobosz | Joyce Lam | Edmond Assili