Wildlife Rehabilitation Trainee

This requires COMMITMENT.  No experience is necessary; just the willingness to be taught, learn, and the desire to help animals. There's no greater reward than raising an orphan so that it is capable of long term survival after release. 

It is difficult to be a rehabilitator if you work outside the home, but it can still work out in some situations. The feeding requirements of most species require you to be home during the day, or to have a very flexible work situation . The exception to this is ducks, who are self-feeding from the time of hatching. Most mammals, as well as pigeons and doves, need to be fed every few hours at least. Generally, the older they are, the less time they require. Songbird babies require feedings every hour. Wildlife rehabilitation is conducted from your own home. Whether you are interested in birds or mammals, you can select a species to begin working with that best fits your schedule.

We will assist you in getting a sponsor; an experienced rehabilitator willing to train you. You will be required to follow the guidelines of your sponsor. We will also help you find the necessary caging and supplies you'll need in order to meet state and federal requirements. You will be covered under your sponsor's permit initially, while you apply for your own. All of this is much more straightforward than it sounds! (promise)

Although the VBSPCA provides as much support as possible, the financial burden of rehabilitation falls on the individual volunteer. We ask for and share donations whenever we get them, but you should be prepared to buy food and supplies for animals in your care.