About WRL

What We Do

Wildlife Rescue League operates a wildlife assistance helpline that provides the public with advice, resources and referrals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Wildlife Rescue League is committed to educating the public about the natural history of native wildlife, how to exist with our wild neighbors and preventing the need for wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife Rescue League also provides informational brochures as well as educational materials and presentations to inform the public about wildlife.

Wildlife Rescue League does not receive any local, state or federal funding. We are totally dependent on donations to provide life-saving food, medicine and supplies. Please support us by making a donation today.

Who We Are

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 the 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 help for wildlife in need.

Board of Directors 

Carolyn S. Wilder

Carolyn S. Wilder is president of Wildlife Rescue League (WRL) as well as a volunteer on WRL’s helpline and a presenter to community groups and schools. Carolyn began her involvement with WRL in 2008 as a transporter while transitioning from a career as an attorney. Now retired, Carolyn devotes most of her time to WRL activities.

Carolyn has been a licensed attorney since 1979 and worked for nonprofit trade associations for almost twenty years as in-house counsel. She counseled the associations and its members on contracts, antitrust, trademarks and general legal issues.

Carolyn also served six years on the board of Senior Services of Alexandria.

Beth Axelrod 

Beth has a long history of volunteering for wildlife and animal protection groups, and became involved with WRL as a Helpline volunteer in 2007. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, and as President from 2013-2017. Beth currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer, as well as chairing both the Communications Committee and the Wildlife Center Task Force.

Prior to retiring, Beth had a 30 year career in Real Estate Management and was the Vice President of a real estate development firm. She managed projects from start to completion and focused on team management and training, ensuring statutory compliance with multi-jurisdictional condominium acts, and that construction standards met the specifications of contractual documents. Beth also prepared operating budgets for multiple projects, served on all Declarant Board of Directors, prepared financial reports for investors and represented the Developer in negotiations regarding legal issues.

Beth grew up in Virginia, and currently lives in Centreville where she created a landscape with a focus on wildlife. The property features multiple gardens, a small pond, and wildlife and pollinator habitats. She recently became a Class I permitted reptile rehabilitator with a focus on turtles.

Betsy Biffl

Betsy started volunteering with WRL’s helpline in 2017 and joined the Board in January 2018. An attorney by day for the past 22 years, Betsy has always had a passion for all animals, volunteering with her local animal shelter before coming to the DMV, adopting a plant-based diet over 15 years ago and, more recently, doing part-time legal work with a national animal protection organization in addition to her full-time job. Her favorite thing about working WRL’s helpline is getting to talk to all the compassionate people who stop what they’re doing to help a wild animal in need.

Teresa Browder

Teresa Browder was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a Biology degree. She resides in Manassas with her husband. They have one daughter, who teaches in Manassas.

Teresa retired in January, 2018, from the American Type Culture Collection ( ATCC). Previous employment includes Medical College of VA (now VCU School of Medicine), Fairfax County Public Health Laboratory, Abbott Diagnostics, and Johnson & Johnson.

She began rehabilitating in 1992 under the supervision of Jackie Freitag, one of the founding members of the WRL.

Other interests include biking, hiking, traveling, and taking care of her backyard wildlife.

Grace Holden

Grace Holden has been involved with WRL since 2002. Beginning as a hotline volunteer, she also did some transporting and got to know the local rehabilitators. Inspired by them, she became an Apprentice Rehabilitator for cottontails and opossums from 2004-2016. She served as Board Secretary from 2007-10, was a Member-At-Large for the 2013-2016 terms, and returned to secretarial duties for the Board from 2018 to the present. She is also WRL’s Rehabilitator Liaison, helping those interested in becoming rehabilitators find a sponsor.

Grace has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and worked for many years at a women’s shelter in Arlington. She currently is retired but continues to be involved in and support a wide range of environmental and animal issues. She lives in Arlington and has a son living in Boston.

Olivia LoBalbo

Olivia LoBalbo has been volunteering for WRL since 2011. She is a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with the state of Virginia and works at Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She specializes in small mammals such as squirrels, bunnies, and opossums. Her interests include educating the public on wildlife issues and working with neonatal babies.

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Wildlife Rescue League - Viriginia
Wildlife Helpline 703-440-0800