FAQs

Wildcare Foundation

FAQs

WildCare Frequently Asked Questions

No. Professional medical treatment of wildlife in a rehabilitation setting is extremely resource-intensive. WildCare is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to remain in operation. With a limited staff and core group of volunteers to care for hundreds of patients on any given day, we need all hands on deck at the facility and unfortunately cannot currently spare the resources to support a rescue/transport team to service the state of Oklahoma. Thankfully, the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter has supported our mission as a drop-off location for injured and orphaned wildlife. WildCare does have volunteers who accomplish one daily pickup from the shelter at 4pm to bring new patients to our center in Noble. Visit our Wildlife Emergencies page for capture and transport tips.

No. WildCare’s mission is to provide people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. WildCare does not support the trapping and relocating of wildlife for the following reasons:

  • Relocating wildlife to an unfamiliar area puts that individual under unnecessary stress and at risk for territorial disputes, disease, and inability to efficiently locate food, water, and shelter.

  • Relocating wildlife to a new area may disrupt the existing population through territorial disputes, and/or introduction of disease or parasites.

  • Trapping and relocation is not a long-term solution. Removing an individual from a territory without changing the available resources will only make that territory available for another individual.

  • There are unlimited benefits to sharing our space with wildlife. Misunderstandings about the behavior of many species are often the reason for trapping and relocation.

Always remember to put safety first when attempting capture of a wild animal. Know that their behavior may be unpredictable and they do not understand that you are trying to help. The WildCare Staff is available to answer questions about safe (for both you and the animal) capture and transport of injured and orphaned wildlife every day from 9am to 7pm at 405-872-9338. Visit our Wildlife Emergencies page for advice with common scenarios.

WildCare is located in rural Noble, Oklahoma on 84th St just south of Maguire Rd, 15 mins Southeast of Norman, and about 45 minutes Southeast of Oklahoma City. Our address is 7601 84th St Noble, OK 73068. Click here for detailed directions.

Unless otherwise instructed by a WildCare staff member, do not attempt to feed. Feeding may do more harm than good depending on the animal’s condition and there are likely more urgent needs than caloric intake. It takes training, proper equipment, and access to specialized diets to safely provide nourishment to wildlife. For example, there are drastic differences in the fat and protein levels in milk produced by different mammal species and using the wrong formula (such as kitten milk for a squirrel or goat milk for a fawn) can cause significant irreversible physical complications in a very short time. Be forewarned that there is an endless variation of recipes and methods shared online by unqualified individuals, and it is best to leave the delicate task of feeding to trained professionals who have access to suitable diets.

Yes, if the animal is transported directly to WildCare, not dropped off at the OKC Animal Shelter for pickup. Be sure to request your patient’s identification number during admission so you will be equipped with all of the necessary information to request an update.

Please use e-mail to request a patient update. Send the species, date of admittance, and admission number (##-####) to info@wildcareoklahoma.org. Please wait at least 3 days after admission to request an update so we will be able to provide a more accurate prognosis. Please be aware that the care of our patients is always the top priority, and as such it may take up to 5 days to receive a response.

Yes, WildCare is open to admit new patients every day of the year from 9am to 7pm. We also pick up injured and orphaned wildlife from the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter every day at 4pm. WildCare’s entire facility is not open to the public for tours aside from special events including our Open House and Baby Shower events.

No. Here’s why:

  1. It is unlawful. For the protection of wildlife, and for the safety of you and your domestic pets, there are state and federal laws in place to protect all wild-born native wildlife against being kept in captive situations. State regulations vary across the country. In Oklahoma, no non-licensed individual may possess, breed, or raise native Oklahoma wildlife. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act provides federal protection for migratory birds. The Good Samaritan Clause states that one can legally temporarily possess injured and orphaned in order to transfer the animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

  1. It is unsafe. While baby wild animals may be very cute, their wild instincts will inevitably replace their dependent immature behavior. Domestication requires countless generations of selective breeding to occur and cannot be accomplished simply through hand-raising. Wild animals are likely to cause substantial destruction in a home and their behavior will become increasingly unpredictable, putting you and your family at risk for serious physical injury. In addition, spreading of disease is a significant concern. Wild animals may be carrying parasites or diseases that are dangerous to you (zoonotic diseases) and/or your pets.

  1. It is unfair. Keeping a wild animal in captivity is sentencing them to a life of stress and incompleteness brought on by separation from the way of life and habitat to which they are so deeply connected. Wild animals have specific nutritional needs that are extremely difficult for the average person to meet, as well as social and environmental requirements than cannot be fulfilled in long-term captivity. Wildlife is best appreciated from a distance and only belongs to nature.

Our mission is to provide people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. WildCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that treats over 6,000 injured and orphaned wildlife annually and you can help! Follow the links below for more details on how you can support our mission and your local wildlife, and help save lives!

Donate

Volunteer

Provide a Release Site

No. WildCare is not a zoo; we are a wildlife hospital and as such we must maintain a quiet and low-stress environment for wildlife to recover and limit our patients’ interaction with humans. WildCare’s entire facility is not open to the public for tours aside from special events including our Open House and Baby Shower events.

WildCare admits over 6,000 patients per year and has worked with over 75,000 animals since opening in 1984. At any given time, we may have 250-900 patients in care with our busiest time being baby season extending from March to November. Visit our photo and video galleries to see some of our patients, or visit us on Facebook.

WildCare is only licensed to work with native Oklahoma wildlife. We do not work with domestic or exotic species. WildCare sees over 6,000 patients annually who represent over 150 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. We are one of very few organizations in the state of Oklahoma with a license to work with Eagles. Our most common species include Eastern Cottontails, Virginia Opossums, Eastern Fox Squirrels, Mallards, American Robins, Striped Skunks, Northern Raccoons, and Mourning Doves. Uncommon Oklahoma patients we’ve seen over the years include River Otters, Mink, Badgers, Horned Lizards, Ferruginous Hawks, Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, and a variety of migrating fall warblers. Visit our photo and video galleries to see some of our patients, or visit us on Facebook.

The medical care, housing, diets, and general care of wildlife is remarkably different from that domestics. Domestic species such as cats and dogs are not only predators of many wild animals, but also carry many of the same diseases and should therefore not be housed with wildlife for care. Although WildCare does support the equally important care of domestics, our organization was founded to specifically fill the niche of wildlife rehabilitation. Our facility was specially designed to accommodate wildlife, and the care of injured and orphaned wildlife is our professional staff’s expertise. Likewise, veterinary clinics who are equipped to care for domestics are generally not able to accommodate wildlife for extended care. WildCare can recommend local organizations that do work with domestic animals.

Most animals that arrive at WildCare have been injured or orphaned due directly or indirectly to human activity or interference. Common reasons for admission include but are not limited to: vehicle collisions, window strikes, cat and dog attacks, unnecessary trapping, illegal shooting, entanglement in fencing, poison, and accidental kidnapping. Many of these casualties could be avoided with an effort to preserve habitat, understand natural history, and adapt to sharing space with urban wildlife.

No. WildCare Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates entirely on donations to fund food, housing, medical care, and professional caretakers. Any and all contributions toward our patients’ care are greatly appreciated, but inability to provide financial support for an individual animal you have rescued will not limit the medical treatment or professional care provided.


Our main goal is always to release healthy animals back to nature. WildCare has safe designated release sites (primarily provided by private land owners) all over the state where our animals begin their second chance.

Yes. In addition to our hard-working team of volunteers WildCare does have a small full-time staff, and offers paid seasonal internship positions, and OU work study jobs. Learn more about our staff here.

Yes. Dr. Carter of Oklahoma Equine Hospital sits on the WildCare board and offers specialized veterinary services when needed. Dr. Tyler volunteers her time, knowledge, and skills on a regular basis working with critical patients, and performing surgeries. After volunteering her time in earlier years, Dr. Heatly of Great Plains Veterinary Services was recently added to the team as a part-time staff veterinarian. WildCare’s Center includes a veterinary clinic which is equipped to handle a variety of diagnostics, x-rays, surgeries, and other medical procedures.

Funded entirely by donations, WildCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a Combined Federated Charity (#57195.) WildCare’s annual budget for direct program expenses is $338,000 and supports the internship program, employment of professional staff, proper nutrition for more than 140 different species, and medical expenses for 6,000+ patients per year. Administrative costs remain low at just 4.3%, and Executive Director Rondi Large serves on a completely voluntary basis. For more detailed information, go to our donate page or visit guidestar.



Helpful Links

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 
Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Animal Help Now

Other Related Links

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Reporting Bird Bands to U.S. Fish and Game
Alessondra’s OKC Great-horned Owl-Cam
Oklahoma City Zoo
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