WRARI was founded in 1993 by a small, committed group of private citizens, including Dr. Meredith Bird of Veterinary Services of Wickford, who wanted to ensure that there would always be a place dedicated to helping injured and orphaned wildlife in Rhode Island. Subsequently championed by Wildlife Rehabilitator, and now Executive Director Kristen Fletcher, and veterinarian Dr. Chi Chan, WRARI has grown into a mostly volunteer run 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 with the intent of returning them to their native habitats.
The main focus of our work is twofold - we operate the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island located in Saunderstown RI, and undertake the training and support of the licensed private Wildlife Rehabilitators in RI.
Annually WRARI, through the Wildlife Clinic and our private rehabilitators, provides care to between 4,500 and 5,000 animals. To date, in 2019, we are on track to care for approximately 5,500 animals.
Our Budget & Funding
Our annual operating expenses are approximately $185,000. We spend most of these funds on food and housing for our wild patients. WRARI does not receive federal or state funding because such funds are not available. We raise all of our operating funds through private donations, fundraising events, and limited philanthropic grants.
WRARI is committed to fostering an understanding and respect for all Rhode Island wildlife, through education and practical assistance with wildlife issues. WRARI also strives to provide quality and humane care to injured and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of release back into the environment.
WRARI Annual Reports
Provide medical and rehabilitative care, food, and housing to injured and/or orphaned native wild animals.
Promote communication and the dissemination of information among the wildlife rehabilitation community and to the general public through conferences, newsletters, and other educational materials.
Promote the conservation of wildlife and natural resources in the State of Rhode Island.
Promote the professionalism of licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
Work with applicable federal agencies and state agencies to assist in the development and enforcement of adequate regulations concerning wildlife.
Establish, maintain and manage a wildlife clinic and educational facility and take the necessary steps required to do so, including seeking grants and other forms of funding to purchase and/or lease a location for such facility.
WRARI's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
Maintain the highest level of veterinary care for wildlife.
Recruit and retain more volunteers.
Build an effective, engaged Board of Directors.
Formalize WRARI’s marketing and public relations efforts to better promote the unique and successful work of the organization
Expand fundraising efforts.
Explore partnership opportunities with organizations and institutions that can enhance and supplement the work of WRARI.