Why We Cant Treat Every Animal

Friends of Wildlife:

Every animal has a right to humane medical care.  It is heart breaking when there are ”no more beds” in our hospital for wildlife in dire need.

There are millions of common wildlife injured or orphaned every year in Massachusetts.  The Center can treat approximately 2,000 patients a year.  This is a drop in the bucket!  We do not have the funding for staff to treat more.

There is no government funding or publicly funded entity to care for suffering wildlife.  Less than 1% of the Center’s resources come from folks that bring us wild patients.  By law, we cannot charge anyone, including municipalities, state agencies, and organizations that bring us ailing wildlife.

By law, the Center must provide the same level of care to a wild animal as a veterinary practice provides to a dog or cat.  Sounds good, but our patients can’t pay, and their needs are different from dogs and cats.  All operating funds and funds to build our facility were raised by begging people just like you for money.  New England Wildlife Center is a community organization – founded by your neighbors and run by your neighbors.

When you help wildlife, you are a hero.  When you take the time to bring an injured bunny to the Center, you definitely won’t want to hear that we can’t help.  But, please, understand that we don’t want to tell you that we can’t help, especially because we wish we could.  When we are full, we are unable to take in wildlife, until “beds” free up.  If our veterinary staff and volunteers cannot safely care for more animals AND meet state laws and regulations, our only options are to recommend that wildlife be brought to other rehabilitators (who may or may not have openings), or to provide humane euthanasia.  Before you come, please call 781 682 4878 and ask to be connected to our wildlife hospital to see if we are able to accept wildlife patients, also called “on intake”.  We are here for wildlife and here for you to the best of our ability.  Thank you for your patience and understanding restrictions out of our control.

Dr. Greg MertzWhy We Cant Treat Every Animal