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Overview


The Richmond Wildlife Center is a program of Animal Services of Richmond, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, formerly known as Helping Every Animal Live – (HEAL).  We were founded in 2010 with a mission to ensure all animals receive access to the critical and life-saving veterinary treatment they need. Initially, we offered financial assistance to families who could not afford life-saving veterinary treatment for their beloved pets; with our wildlife program quietly undergoing research and development. With a far greater need for financial assistance to pet owners than donors to support this program, our Board placed this program on hold and we began to focus on the strategic development of our wildlife program.

The Richmond Wildlife Center opened April 1, 2013 after determining a great need existed in our community for sick and injured wildlife. Taking two years, we fostered relationships with local in-home rehabilitators and the area veterinary facilities supporting in-home rehabilitators. During this time we were able to ascertain the skill-sets, methodologies, knowledge of governing laws and patient access to veterinary care for wildlife patients admitted into the care of local in-home rehabilitators and their supporting veterinary professionals. We recognized an immediate need for a dedicated professional veterinary facility that would provide direct patient oversight, required quality continuing education of volunteer personnel and formalized veterinary care with rehabilitators and veterinary professionals working in house together for the welfare of our wild populations and individual patients. We work tirelessly to ensure patients in our care receive the best care possible to the benefit of the wild populations in our area in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws.

overview-rshnThe Richmond Wildlife Center is the first and only professional wildlife medical center in the Greater Richmond region providing veterinary and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We are the only professional veterinary facility in the area permitted to intake, treat and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife beyond their veterinary care through the eventual release of the animal back to the wild. We are also the only facility and wildlife rehabilitators in our area permitted by law to be in possession of,  permitted to transport or treat Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and other threatened and endangered species.

In addition to our wildlife program, as a full-service nonprofit veterinary facility, we accept and provide veterinary care to non-native, exotic companion animals who find themselves injured, abandoned and/or feral in the wild. After nursing such animals back to health, we are able to find them an adoptive family or relocate them to an appropriate facility based on species requirements and current state laws.

overview-rabbitsWe are an all volunteer organization to include our veterinary personnel and rely on public support to execute our mission. We receive no government funding. In fact, the government charges us for the ability to care for wild animals. Donations from individuals, small businesses, and corporate sponsors help us care for the animals we admit every day. Your support is critical to our success and to ensure the animals in our community receive the care they need. Please consider donating to our center or becoming a volunteer.

Our Services

Veterinary Services:

  • Wildlife Medical & Surgical Services
  • Companion Avian & Exotic Medical & Surgical Services
  • Laser Therapy

Laboratory Services:

  • Parasitology & Routine In-house Services
  • Same Day Lead Testing

Radiology:

  • Routine Radiology Services & Ultrasound

Pharmacy:

  • Fully stocked pharmaceuticals for in house patients

Field Rescue:

  • Return animals to nests as needed
  • Rescue of sick & injured dangerous or elusive animals

Adoption:

  • Placement of Non-native Exotic Companion Animals into permanent facilities or forever homes after completion of veterinary and rehabilitative care

Education:

  • Provide educational services to drive public awareness of wildlife issues
  • Provide veterinary and rehabilitative training services for wildlife professionals


A NOTE ABOUT RACOONS

Please note after careful consideration of our facility, volunteer safety and overall patient population health, we are no longer able to accept raccoons at our facility for long term care at this time. Unfortunately, we currently do not have space available to dedicate to the long term care of raccoons. Any caging utilized for raccoons cannot EVER be used by any other species. This is due to Raccoons being the host animal for a roundworm named Baylisascaris. Baylisascaris also effects humans. Unlike other intestinal worms, this worm migrates to the brain and eyes of the infected animal or human. For safety purposes we assume all raccoons admitted will shed this roundworm in their feces. This roundworm is only killed from surfaces by exposing it to direct flame for a minimum of 6 minutes. (We cannot afford to burn our caging.) Until which time that our budget and facility space will allow permanent and dedicated housing for raccoons we cannot retain raccoons for long term rehabilitation. However, for those wildlife rehabilitators wishing to use our facility for free veterinary services for raccoons we are happy to treat their admitted raccoons and immediately discharge them back to the rehabber for continued rehabilitation. As our nonprofit funding grows we hope to better serve our raccoon populations in the near future. Should you have any questions please call 804-378-2000. Thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to serving our community!