The Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Through educational outreach the Center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship wi... Read more
The Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Through educational outreach the Center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourages the community to protect our delicate ecosystems.
The Wildlife Rescue Center is a non-profit, professional wildlife rehabilitation facility. Since 1979, WRC has treated more than 50,000 native wild patients. Today, over 2,500 patients are treated annually.
Nearly every creature passing through our doors is admitted due to an incident that is human-caused. These include car strikes, attacks by domestic animals, and even injuries intentionally inflicted. Dedicated staff and volunteers provide care support healing while maintaining the wild integrity of each animal. Healthy animals with the necessary skills and abilities to thrive are returned to the wild.
Our private property rests on 15 acres of beautiful, natural Missouri land adjacent to Castlewood State Park. The site hosts a variety of habitats including riparian woodland, a year-round creek, and a two acre lake. Our neighbors include a little of everything, from belted kingfishers and little green herons to groundhogs and striped skunks. An exciting variety of uncommon wildlife has been spotted on the property including river otters, mink, and beaver.
Wildlife Rescue Center educational programming reaches thousands of children and adults annually. On-site presentations introduce audiences to the tremendous biodiversity around us and encourage respect for all wildlife and our delicate ecosystems.
The Wildlife Rescue Center relies on the volunteers who make up the majority of our workforce. Without their passion and dedication, the mission of the Wildlife Rescue Center could not be fulfilled.
by Jessica H. from Saint Charles, MO
I've been volunteering here for a little over 8 months now. There is hardly ever a time where I am not thanked multiple times by staff and even other volunteers during a "shift" for coming in. Staff has always been kind and patient, not only to volunteers but to the wildlife in their care. Even when I was a "newer" volunteer, I always felt appreciated and welcomed. This is definitely a fantastic group of people - from the staff to the volunteers, and it is for a very noble cause.
I've been volunteering for the WRC since 2007. I can't recall a time at the end of a shift when I wasn't thanked by the staff or the volunteer shift leader, or both. I've volunteered for other organizations over the years, and my experiences have been positive. But at the WRC I feel appreciated in a way unlike the others. I feel like I'm part of a team, that my input is respected and paid attention to by the staff. I ask a million questions every week, and to each one I'm given a thoughtful answer.
And I get a positive vibe with the volunteers. We and the staff now have a collection of shared experiences that we can celebrate (or commiserate) about.
It's a happy place.
I have been volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue since 2008. It is a big part of my life and I am very proud to be part of this organization. The staff have encouraged and been patient with me as I have learned to do many things. I am always learning something about our native wildlife and how to care for them properly. The work is not always easy,but it is always very rewarding. I put my heart into this work but I can honestly say I get much more back. Love the people I work with, love the work I do.
If you want to make a difference, have a love for wildlife, and dont mind a little hard work, you should come check out our place.
The volunteer coordinator was very patient and understanding. The higher staff treated me as if I were an ignorant, incompetent child. All I did was answer the phone. I am a 46 year old woman who will not tolerate the disrespect shown when I am giving my time to help them. I promptly quit there and now give my time elsewhere, where it is appreciated and I am treated with respect.
When I was little my grandma use to take me with her to the different places that she helped out at and the wildlife rescue was one of my all time favorites. I know that one day I will also go back to help those who have no voices. My grandmother ( Betty Verseman) and Father who also did volunteer work ( Jason Verseman) have both passed away and the Wildlife Rescue Center is something that I miss in my life. I don't know when the last time I was there because it was a long time ago. All I did was fold laundry. But I tried to give a good Guess as to when I was last there. Thanks again. Morgan Verseman