The Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island is located at 2865 Tower Hill Rd. Saunderstown, RI 02874
What Happens at The Wildlife Clinic of RI
Our clinic is professionally run by trained staff and volunteers. We are prepared to care for a wide variety of species, including the formulation of specialized diets as needed.
On a daily basis, we:
Accept found animals (intake) from members of the public
Assess overall health
Provide appropriate housing and diets
Provide supportive care as needed
Prepare for return to the wild
Release to the wild
What We Do
When an animal arrives, we evaluate it and make the best possible plan based on its needs and our resources.
Wildlife rehabilitation is not an attempt to turn wild animals into pets. We house the animal in captivity only until it is 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. This is an elaborate and time-consuming process.
Wounded or malnourished animals are treated by experienced veterinarians and cared for by volunteers at the clinic until they can be placed with a rehabilitator.
The clinic is designed to meet the special needs of species like waterbirds and deer fawns.
We are also equipped to house rabies vector species, which include bats, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and woodchucks (groundhogs.)
Any animal unable to survive on its own in the wild because of injury is humanely euthanized. This is the hardest part of what we do, but the goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to return to nature, not a life in captivity.
Whenever possible, baby animals are cared for offsite by volunteer licensed rehabilitators until they are old enough to survive on their own, which limits the risk of imprinting and makes care more feasible. Most baby mammals and birds require feedings every few hours. (See Training for more information if you are interested in becoming a rehabilitator.