Wildlife Rescue League remains open and available to help wildlife in need during these challenging times. As we are primarily a virtual organization, we are still able to assist animals in need of rehabilitation, while eliminating the need for the public to directly interact with one another.
Helpline volunteers already operate from home to provide advice to those who have found sick, injured and orphaned animals. We have implemented procedures to help keep our transporters and rehabilitators safe, to include adopting a total “no contact” approach to transporting animals from veterinary practices directly to rehabilitators. Hands are being sanitized/washed before, during and after all pick-ups, transports and deliveries of wildlife.
Please be advised that Pender Veterinary Centre is not accepting wildlife at this time; however, our other veterinary partners, Great Falls Animal Hospital and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, are still permitting wildlife drop offs by the public. With proper notification, wildlife can be still be brought to those two locations as well as to rehabilitators, and dropped off without personal interaction to help keep everyone safe. This is all coordinated through our Wildlife Helpline by calling 703-440-0800.
Due to these changes, in an effort to maintain rehabilitation services, we are actively increasing our transports and seeking vet clinics who are willing to accept wildlife and can provide 24-hour coverage. If you know of any veterinary practices who may meet that criteria, please contact the Wildlife Helpline, 703-440-0800 ext. #6.
WRL has postponed membership meetings, tabling events and all current fundraising activities that require a physical presence. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and that many of you have lost jobs and are having financial difficulties. Despite the life-altering challenges we face as a society, baby season marches on with an abundance of wildlife in need. Please know that we will continue our work throughout these challenges. If you have the means to make a donation at this time without incurring additional financial hardship, every bit will help us continue our mission of rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
On behalf of WRL, please stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.