Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation: Helping Wild Animals in Need
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Hawthorn the porcupine suffered from a severe case of mange. We enlisted the help of specialists to treat this disease, and he then continued his recovery with us. A few months later, Hawthorn was healthy and ready to go home.
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Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is dedicated to providing medical care, nourishment, and shelter to injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife in Western Massachusetts until they are healthy enough to return to their natural environment for a second chance at life. We are fully licensed by the Massachusetts' Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and specialize in rehabilitating small mammals, such as raccoons, squirrels, and opossums.

In 2000, the concept of Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation was born from our founder and animal advocate, Dee Howe, who was one of many people on the scene of a skunk that had been hit by a car. No one knew what to do, and there were no local medical facilities for wildlife, so Dee simply sat beside the injured creature, gently petting and comforting him until he died. After encountering several other instances of wild animals in need with nowhere to go for care, Dee became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and established Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation in 2001. Today, our rehabilitators and volunteers aim to continue this important work for wildlife in our communities, as a commitment to Dee’s legacy, as she sadly passed away in 2020.

The scene that Dee happened upon in 2000 is not uncommon. At Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, approximately 75% of injured and ailing wild animals and 95% of orphaned babies are casualties of human interference, such as car accidents, tree trimming, and trapping.
To lessen these tragedies, Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation not only provides a temporary haven and critical care for these animals, but also strives to address common misconceptions about wildlife and educate the public on how to humanely and safely resolve issues with our non-human neighbors.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is a 501(c)(3) charity that receives no state or federal aid. We are staffed completely by volunteers, including our licensed rehabilitators, who care for animals out of their homes, while holding down full-time jobs.

Without the assistance of community members, who whole-heartedly believe in our mission, Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation would not be able to provide essential services for wild animals in need, as we have since 2001. We are truly grateful for the generosity of our supporters.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation: Helping Wild Animals in Need

Can you imagine our community without wildlife rehabilitators?

Who would you call to help a sick squirrel or an orphaned opossum? Pictures of baby, red squirrel, who lost fur from mange, on a blanket, and baby opossum being held.

Who would you ask for guidance to reunite a mother raccoon with her baby, who fell from a tree? Video of baby raccoon wiggling and waving paws, while being held.

Where would you bring an injured flying squirrel for treatment? Picture of flying squirrel in den box.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation exists to help all these animals and many more. They deserve specialized care and a safe space to recover. Pictures of baby opossums in plastic igloo and baby, gray squirrel drinking formula from a syringe with a nipple.

But we can’t help them without you!

We are an all-volunteer organization, so we depend on donations from animal lovers, like you, to keep providing our services to our community. Pictures of young raccoon looking down from a wooden beam and baby porcupine in a cage with a food dish.

Please donate to give the gift of a second chance at life to animals in need. Picture of baby squirrel in hanging fleece pouch.

Together, we can continue making a difference in the lives of injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals! Pictures of two, young bunnies and young raccoon touching plants, all after being released.

Thank you for your support!

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation’s phone number (413-275-9462), Facebook page (ttps://www.facebook.com/UrbanWildilfeRehabilitation/), and website (http://urbanwildliferehab.org/). Picture of Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation’s logo, a raccoon sitting on a fallen log and dipping one paw in a stream.

How you can help:
• Sign up to contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign
• Use the donate button on our website or Facebook
• Create a Facebook fundraiser for your birthday or anytime
• Shop Big Y and Stop & Shop's Giving Bag programs
• Mention us at the checkout counter of Smithland Supply for 5% of your purchase price to be contributed

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