Who We Are
WRARI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of veterinary and rehabilitative care to all species of injured and/or orphaned native wild animals in Rhode Island. Our base of operations is the Wildlife Clinic of RI in Saunderstown. The clinic staff includes a full-time Animal Care Coordinator and two full-time animal care technicians. We work closely with licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators across the state and dozens of other volunteers who help with events. Our team also includes a Board of Directors and thousands of supporters across the state who donate when they can and support us on social media.
What We Do
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. Some animals stay at the clinic for continued care, while others either stay with one of our licensed rehabilitators or are transferred to them once they are stable.
In addition to animal care, WRARI provides training and support for state-licensed rehabilitators. We also educate the public about what to do when they find an animal that needs help and we maintain a dedicated phone line for questions and advice, the Wildlife Hotline (401) 294-6363.
WRARI is a mostly volunteer organization that relies on public support to operate. To support our programs, we raise funds from individual donors, grants, foundations, and fundraisers. At this time, we do not receive state or federal funding.
How Many Animals
The number of animals we care for each year has been steadily rising and is now between 4,000-5,000. The increase reflects greater demand for our services. Rhode Islanders are more sensitive than ever to the needs of native wildlife. More people are also gardening and enjoying Rhode Island’s parks and natural areas, all of which increase the risk of chance encounters. WRARI is the only organization licensed to rehabilitate all species of native wildlife RI!
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Check out our Support Page to find out about how you can volunteer.
What it Costs
Our annual operating expenses are currently $185,000. We spend most of these funds on FOOD and HOUSING for the animals.
How You Can Get involved
You can help by looking out for wild animals that may be injured or orphaned - please refer to our page IF YOU FIND A WILD ANIMAL.
Consider also donating to support our programs, enrolling in a training course, and volunteering. Please also visit us on Facebook and share our work on social media.
For more, see Support Us.
Rabies Vector Species
In Rhode Island, Striped Skunks, Red & Grey Foxes, Woodchucks, Raccoons and all species of Bats are considered to be Rabies Vector Species (RVS). If you come across an individual of any of these species that you think may be in distress or in need of assistance, please DO NOT TOUCH them with your bare hands.
Any bare-handed contact is considered an "exposure" by the RI Department of Health and the animal is required by law to be euthanized and submitted for Rabies testing. Proper handling protocols must be adhered to in order to ensure that WRARI will be able to provide rehabilitate care to injured or orphaned individuals of these species.
The RI Department of Environmental Management is required by law to direct WRARI to euthanize RVS if you fail to follow this guidance. BEFORE you handle, please contact us for guidance. We can be reached at (401) 294-6363 or you can contact the RI DEM at (401) 222-3070.
If you find a wild bird, mammal, or reptile, see the links below for more information.
Please note it is illegal to take a wild animal into your home and keep it as a pet or care for and release it unless you are a licensed rehabilitator. It is also illegal to move a wild bird or mammal across state lines.
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Special thanks to Rhode Island photographer Traer Scott, long-time supporter of WRARI. Traer Scott has generously donated the use of her images for our website and newsletters.