If you find wildlife in need of human assistance, call WRL’s Wildlife Helpline. A volunteer will return your call and give you instructions on how to proceed. 9am – 7pm (EST) – 7 days a week  Learn More

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Helping Wildlife in Need

You can give sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in Northern Virginia a second chance at life

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Image: Don Chernoff, Wood Ducks on the Potomac! – A winner of 2020 Wild Neighbors Photo Contest.
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Directory of Wildlife Resources

A list of local (VA, DC or MD) and out-of-state wildlife rehabilitators.

Animal Help Tips

Learn what to do when you find injured or orphaned wildlife.

Educational Articles

Learn more about various wildlife species native to Northern Virginia.

Wildlife Rescue League

Preserving Virginia’s Natural Heritage Through Wildlife Rehabilitation

Wildlife Rescue League is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent of releasing them back into their native habitat.

Our licensed rehabilitators, located throughout Northern Virginia and surrounding areas, work with a network of volunteers, wildlife centers, animal shelters, humane societies, nature centers and veterinary hospitals to provide life-saving work for wildlife in need.

Years Rehabilitating Wildlife

Helpline Calls Answered Each Year

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Attention Virginia Land Owners

On behalf of our local licensed VDWR rehabilitators, we’re looking for Virginia land owners with forested acreage, ideally with a pond, who are willing to become a release site for Virginia wildlife ready to be returned to the wild. If you’re willing to help out our mammals and birds with a special place to live free, please contact Janet Schultz, WRL Rehabilator Committee Chair at 703-743-2940.


Wildlife Laws in Virginia

Wildlife Laws in Virginia

You might not think so, but wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release are heavily regulated activities. In an effort to better educate the public on wildlife laws in Virginia, we have compiled the following set of FAQs for our readers.

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Learn when an animal needs to be rescued or when it should be left alone


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