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Wildlife Rehabilitation & Resource Center Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: To provide care for orphaned & injured wildlife, and coordinate with other rehabilitators to ensure that care is provided, especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes. We also strive to provide education on, and assistance with local wildlife issues. For the animals unable to be released due to their disabilities, we provide housing to ensure they can have a full life safely.

Results: Having provided care for hundreds of orphaned/injured wildlife, we currently have 10 Eastern Grey Squirrels, 1 Fox Squirrel, 1 Flying Squirrel and 1 Cottontail Rabbit in permanent residence due to disabilities. In addition, we have 8 juvenile Grey squirrels, and 1 juvenile flying squirrel being prepared for release in the spring.

Target demographics: Small mammals and reptiles in Southeastern North Carolina, although contact numbers are available for local wildlife we do not care for.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies with need

Geographic areas served: Southeastern North Carolina

Programs: Rescue & rehabilitation of orphaned/injured wildlife Sanctuary for disabled wildlife Information on wildlife Education of new rehabilitators

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beth is a very dedicated in her rehabilitation. I met her 5 years ago. She welcomed me into her home and showed me her "set-up." She has totally given up her home to make it as comfortable for the "furbabys" as I like to call them. She has a few that she keeps that needs care constantly. It can be so expensive trying to keep this going. With her being a non-profit organization. ANY ITEMS that you can spare would be greatly appreciated. I have watched her caring for the critters many times.It's good that these little fellows have her they are always warm,clean and not hungry.Some of her babies would not make it very long in the wild.She is always there for them.This to can become expensive buying food,blankets and cages for all of them.Any donations I know would be appreciated and very much put to good use.

Tia P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had just moved to this country from Australia. I discovered a tiny little being in our backyard with no fur and unopened eyes. I honestly didn't know what this little fella was until I asked our next door neighbor as we don't have squirrels in Oz . :) I got the phone number of this organization and within an hour or two at the most Beth had arrived, told me I'd been doing the right thing keeping " Willie" as we called him , warm and snuggled, plus answered all my inquisitive questions about squirrels and their care. I love their enthusiasm, and love for all wildlife as well as their willingness to educate people both old and young. Beth is a wonderful person who goes above and beyond for all wildlife all on a "shoestring budget " . I feel very lucky to have met Beth and I look forward to her updates on Facebook keeping those of us who have found injured or orphaned wildlife up to date . Congratulations to a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to meet Beth and visit her rescue facilities recently when she offered to take in a baby squirrel for me. My cat had corned the little baby at the base of a pine tree in the backyard but luckily hadn't hurt it. I had remembered reading about Beth and her squirrel rescue/rehab center several years back. So I went online and found the article and her number. She was such a pleasure to talk too and said she would take my little baby girl right away. I figured if she was nice enough to take her in, that I should at least bring it to her. And what a pleasant surprise that was. I was just in awe of her set up and all her cages full of little baby squirrels at different stages of growth. Beth was so nice to take the time to show me around and give me a brief history of each and every one of her little fur babies. The place was so clean too. I knew my little squirrley was at the right place immediately! And she even had pens set up for permanent residence of several squirrels who had health issues and wouldn't be able to make it back into the wild. Beth is most amazing in her love for these wonderful little creatures, and I certainly know where to go if I find another little orphaned squirrel.


Client Served

Rating: 5

A year or so ago my Terrier found a injured young squirrel that had fallen from a pine tree and landed, thankfully, on the other side of the fence. Earlier in the day I had noticed him climbing high in the tree and he appeared quite uncoordinated. It turns out he had been wounded and his back legs were paralyzed. Imagine, here I am with this brave little squirrel who has zero chance of survival in the wild without all of his limbs. Additionally, I have a Terrier that would just love to "finish the job". I called one of the squirrel local rescue organizations, but most do not take paralyzed squirrels. They referred me to Wildlife Rehabilitation in Currie, NC. I called and Beth Havener not only agreed to take him, she offered to come to Wilmington to get him. Instead, I drove him to her place and am so glad I got to see it. She has built an addition to her house to house all of the rescued animals. She knew just what to do for him, fed him, cleaned his wound and has taken care of him ever since. Remember--he will presumably live for several years. That day she had baby and adult rabbits and squirrels in residence.. They were in spacious cages, with lots of natural light and all the comforts of nature she could provide them. The place is spotless and the work is never ending. I am so impressed that someone cares enough for wild creatures they are willing to devote their life to caring for such needy ones. Her commitment is astounding.