Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island
Working together to save Rhode Island's injured and orphaned wildlife
Kristin has been WRARI's Executive Director since 1999. Her leadership and commitment has made WRARI what it is today. Kristin Holds a Level 2X license.
Executive Director (Volunteer)
Elisha volunteered at the Wildlife Clinic for two years before accepting the position of Animal Care Coordinator. She holds a Level 2X license.
Animal Care Coordinator
Sam was a volunteer for three years before accepting a part-time staff position at the Wildlife Clinic. Sam has a special affinity for working with raptors. Sam holds a Level 2X license.
Dr. Chan provides day-to-day veterinary care and oversight of the Wildlife Clinic as well as for all of our in-home private Wildlife Rehabilitators. She is a licensed wildlife rehabber and specializes in critical care patients.
Dr. Chi Chan, DVM
One of the original founders of WRARI, Dr. Bird remains dedicated to helping wildlife. She provides surgical and specialty care to WRARI's wildlife patients. Dr. Bird is a licensed wildlife rehabber.
Dr. Meredith Bird, DVM
Mariah has been an invaluable and dedicated member of the WRARI team since 2012. Mariah holds a Level 2 license and she specializes in pigeons & small mammals.
Olivia joined the team part-time in 2018 and has hit the ground running. She holds a Level 1 license and loves working with all of our wildlife patients.
Kim joined the WRARI team as our part-time Office Manager in 2018 and helps keep everything and everyone in-line and on track. She also rehabs wildlife and holds a Level 2 license.
Our Board of Directors
Dr. Spelman has led the WRARI Board of Directors since 2017 and has worked diligently to enhance the Board's capabilities and bring on new members.
Dr. Lucy Spelman
Ellen Balasco, Esq.
Arianna joined WRARI as a wildlife technician in 2008 and joined the board in 2017. She is the former Director of Operations of the Wildlife Clinic and continues to assist in overseeing operations. She holds a Level 2X license.
Anne Walsh Mills
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Our Partners in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Since opening its doors in 1998, Born to Be Wild has been dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with a specialized focus on Raptor Rehabilitation and Education. BTBW is home to seven Raptors whose injures rendered them unreleasable but who act as educationambassadors in BTBW's educational programs.
Sweet Binks opened in 2002 and operated as a domestic rabbit rescue until shifting its focus to wildlife rehabilitation in 2017. Located in northern RI, Sweet Binks focuses its rehabilitation efforts on waterfowl, small mammals, poultry, and songbirds but will assist all wildlife as needed.
Founded in 2007, West Place Animal Sanctuary provides a home to domestic farm animals that have been neglected or abused and the rehabilitation of injured and/or orphaned waterfowl and game birds like Wild Turkeys, Canada Geese and wild ducks.
OSVS is the leading 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital in Rhode Island. OSVS intakes wildlife when the Wildlife Clinic is closed and provides care until animals can be picked up by Wildlife Clinic staff and volunteers the following day. They also assist in providing very specialized surgical and diagnostic care to wildlife when needed.
VSW is the veterinary practice of WRARI founder, Dr. Meredith Bird. Through her practice Dr. Bird helps hundreds of wild and domestic animals and has been an asset to the animal community in Rhode Island. VSW is a full service veterinary practice that caters to a variety of clientele including cats and dogs, as well as small animals, exotic birds and reptiles.
Founded by WRARI's Board Chair, Dr. Lucy Spelman, Creature Conserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained support for animal conservation. Through the artists' works, the science of saving species and the importance of taking a one-health approach to conservation becomes accessible, meaningful, and relevant—and the source of positive change.