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Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Environment
  • Health & Medicine
  • Seniors


10823 Cleveland RoadDurand, IL 61024 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Hoo Haven, Inc. is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned North American wildlife and community education about the preservation of wildlife and their natural habitats.


"Hoo" Haven is very excited over all the volunteers who have responded to our "Volunteer Match" post. If you love animals, are eager to help and enjoy giving back, you need to call "Hoo" Haven. We need volunteers every day of the week, 365 days of the year. All have to be fed, taken care of and given what is needed to get better for release. Join the "Hoo" Haven Team! After nearly 35 years of wildlife rehabilitation experience, Hoo Haven is the area’s most reputable and qualified wildlife rehabilitation/education facility. Hoo Haven spans over 20 acres with specialized animal enclosures, Aquatic Recovery Center, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service "Regional Eagle Recovery Center" (since 2005.) Each year, Hoo Haven receives over 2000 referral calls and admits between 400-800 birds and mammals to the facility for treatment. Happily, most are successfully released to the wild as healthy animals. Small mammals (squirrels, rabbits), large mammals (deer, fox, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, woodchucks), and raptors are the most frequently seen patients at Hoo Haven. Our Ambassador programs feature unreleasable birds of prey, pelicans, and other animals to teach about wildlife/human conflicts, the effect of human carelessness with urban sprawl and ways to deal with injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife. Many of these programs are geared toward families and also elementary students as "in-school field trips." Hoo Haven has gone "Green" with both solar and wind power. There is plenty of opportunity to learn more about this power and to educate the community about it as well.


Would you recommend Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center?
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by Karli R. (May 11, 2018)
Hoo Haven is a phenomenal organization and after my recent interaction with them, will be receiving donations from me each and every year! I called rehab facilities all over the Midwest and this one helped me no questions asked! Our family will be volunteering our time for them as well! Thank you so much for all you do!
by Tina M. (June 22, 2016)
I began volunteering with Hoo Haven in 1999 and will be a life-long volunteer. I cannot put into words the inspiration and passion that I have experienced with Karen & Steven Herdklotz, the founders of Hoo Haven. They have built this organization from the ground up over the past 30+ years- never wavering from their vision, desire to offer only the best care/practices available, and dedication to the education of all people who love animals as much as they do. The Hoo Haven facility and programs continue to grow and thrive. and their reputation for providing the highest-quality treatments/rehab as well as Ambassador education programs is unmatched in this region. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing organization that values its volunteers and the community it serves 24/7/365.Do yourself a favor and check out Hoo Haven and become a part of our "family." You won't regret it and the animals will 'thank you' in ways that you could only imagine! Come see for yourself.
by Karen H. from Durand, IL (Administrator for this Organization) (October 1, 2013)
Please see this article on the Hoo Haven volunteers written by our long-time volunteer, Tina Miller. She has volunteered with us since 1999.
by Linda K. (April 12, 2012)
I just wanted to wish you and the recovered Eagle good luck on its release Sat at Starved Rock. I watched the Decorah Eagles last year and this year on the Raptor Resource Project page on Facebook. I am so delighted that this Eagle will fly free once again. I wish it a long healthy life soaring above the Illinois River and wherever it flies.
by Emily V. (June 7, 2010)
Hoo Haven is just that: a haven. It helps both the people and animals of our community. I have seen animals that would never have made it through live and flourish because of these wonderful people. The volunteers are warm and loving, and welcomed me despite my being a teenager. It helped me gain confidence--saving lives changes people for the better. Pay them a visit. You won't be sorry!

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