The Richmond Wildlife Center would not be possible without the generous donations of real estate and equipment usage by our corporate and private individual donors.
Meet our Neighbors:
Unaffiliated, Winterfield Veterinary Hospital is our downstairs neighbor. Thanks to their generous support we have access to a variety of advanced equipment to include laboratory, ultrasound, laser therapy, radiology, and a surgical suite.
Many staff members at Winterfield Veterinary Hospital, to include Dr. Jenny Jenkins, Dr. April Rice, Dr. Sara White, Dr. Earl Willis and other veterinary and office team members donate their time to our wildlife center. Winterfield Veterinary Hospital is a full service veterinary facility caring for companion animals to include exotic pets.
Our Medical Facility:
Our medical facility is located on the second floor of Winterfield Veterinary Hospital. Here wild patients are admitted, triaged, stabilized and treated. Medical and Post-surgical patients stay at our medical facility until their critical medical or post-operative treatment plans have been completed. From here they begin the acclimation phase as they prepare to move outdoors to our land located across from our medical facility.
Our medical facility has the capacity to house critical care cases in a more comfortable and natural indoor environment that can be tailored to the species specific needs, natural history and habitat. During the construction and completion of our facility we took into account our downstairs neighbor’s clients and the importance of a stress free environment for our patients to recover in. As such the insulation we chose provides great sound-proofing, solid laundry room doors were installed to reduce noise, and all animal holding rooms have doors to provide additional sound proofing from daily activities.
Our medical facility also possesses an isolation and rabies vector room to care for high risk patients.
Our nutrition room ensures our patients receive a natural and complete diet based on the species’ requirements during their stay with us. Utilizing individual donors who wish to support and help our patients, as well as commercial donors, we provide a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and groceries. In addition, we grow or breed our own feeder insects, mice and rats to ensure quality and complete nutrition is provided to our patients.
Our land is located just a short distance across the street from our medical facility. Here patients are moved to begin their physical acclimation, exercise programs, and hunting and forage testing in preparation for release back into the wild. Our caging meets or exceeds minimum standards set by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, as well as state and federal requirements.
Our caging is abreast 100 acres located on the James River. Free from the stresses of human contact, our adult wild patients are released in accordance with state law back to the area in which they were rescued unless otherwise prohibited by law. Others are released into suitable habitats with the permission of land owners interested in wildlife conservation.
All caging is built by volunteers from blueprints obtained from some of the top facilities in the country. If you are interested in helping us grow as well as provide adequate caging for our patients to continue their recovery process in, please contact Melissa at 804.378.2000. In addition, please consider donating your remnant lumber and construction materials to our wildlife center.