Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc

Cause Area

  • Animals


SpringfieldSPRINGFIELD, MA 01109 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is dedicated to providing medical care, nourishment, and shelter to injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife in Western Massachusetts until they are healthy enough to return to their natural environment. We also strive to address common misconceptions about wildlife and educate the public on how to resolve issues with our non-human neighbors, humanely and safely.


In 2000, the concept of Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation was born from our founder and animal advocate, Daveda Howe, who was one of many people on the scene of a skunk that had been hit by a car. No one knew what to do, and there were no local medical facilities for wildlife, so Daveda simply sat beside the injured creature, gently petting him until he died. After encountering several other wild animals in need with nowhere to go for care, Daveda became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and established Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation in 2001. Today, our rehabilitators and volunteers continue this important work in our Western Massachusetts’ communities, as a commitment to Daveda’s legacy, as she sadly passed away in 2020.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is fully licensed by the Massachusetts' Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and specializes in rehabilitating small mammals, such as raccoons, squirrels, opossums, skunks, and porcupines. Approximately 75% of our injured and ailing patients and 95% of orphaned babies are casualties of human interference, so we owe it to them to help.

Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation is staffed entirely by volunteers, including our licensed wildlife rehabilitators, who care for animals out of their homes, while holding down full-time jobs. We are a 501(c)(3) charity that receives no state or federal aid. Without the support of those, who whole-heartedly believe in our mission, Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation would not be able to provide essential services for wild animals in need, as we have since 2001.


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