Animal Protection & Welfare,
Mission: Our mission is two fold: to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to native
Target demographics: injured, ill and orphaned wildlife
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2000 wild animals and educated over 1000 students about New York City's wildlife.
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: medical care and rehabilitation to native and passing migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild. We are the only wildlife rehabilitation and education center in New York City.
Each year the Wild Bird Fund rehabilitates over 2,000 sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and releases them back to the wilds of New York City. Rehabilitation includes radiographs, diagnostic testing, surgery, medication, bandaging, splinting, physical therapy, feeding and sheltering. All native and migratory birds are treated, from the house sparrow to rarities such as Virginia rails and great-horned owls
Supporting the Wild Bird Fund not only heals injured birds an animals, but positively affects the people who try to help them, and shows a desire to take responsibility for the impact that we have had on the environment of our precious wildlife.
Out of all the centers I investigated to volunteer at, the WBF impressed me as the most well-organized, clean, and professional. Since starting there I've only had that impression confirmed. Not every animal that's brought in makes it - that is, unfortunately, the reality of how badly-off many of the animals they receive are. But every single one of them receives a quality of care that most professional veterinary clinics would be hard-pressed to provide, care that gives them a chance they simply wouldn't have had otherwise. I'm amazed at what they do, and encourage you to check them out for yourself!