Rehabilitators for Wildlife in Northern Virginia (ReWild NoVa)
A non-profit dedicated to helping native Virginia wildlife get back on their feet
We are owned and operated by Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) licensed rehabilitators. Our time, energy, and resources are focused on helping sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife in need.
Our focus is the day-to-day treatment and care of sick, injured or orphaned wild animals so that they can be released back to their natural habitats.
Who We Are
ReWild NoVa is a cooperative of independent rehabilitators and volunteers.
We are a group of like-minded individuals who want a simple and supportive network which enables knowledge sharing and experiential learning. We believe in science-based approaches as well as the value of environmental enrichment for wildlife.
Each of our participating rehabilitators manage their individual at-home practice of care while leveraging ReWild NoVa for shared nonprofit infrastructure and administration services, such as intake paperwork, donation collections, and a community presence.
How We Operate
Wildlife rehabilitators work with the public, county animal control, veterinarian practices, and local businesses to provide advice and assist with wildlife-related issues. Please note the following important aspects of how we run our ReWlld NoVa non-profit.
A Helpline, Not a Hotline
We gladly offer advice but please be patient with our responsiveness as we juggle work, life, animal care, and other calls.
Only Native Wildlife Needing Help
We cannot take exotics, pets, or farm animals.
We Cannot Pick up Wildlife
Animals must be brought to our in-home facilities.
First Try to Reunite Orphans
We strive to avoid kidnapping if we can and will not support relocation of nuisance wildlife.
Rehabilitation Takes Time
Please be mindful that rehabilitators work for free and do not have unlimited resources to assist. Be aware that you are asking a rehabilitator to spend weeks, often months, to treat and care for the lives you’ve saved.
Up to 3 months
Up to 3-4 weeks of age
Roughly 4-5 months
Up to 3 months
Can remain up to 1 year
How to Reach Us
Laura Schultz, PhD
Chipmunks, wild rabbits, flying squirrels, squirrels, mice, voles, moles, shrews, opossums, bats, groundhogs, skunks
Clare Thorp, PhD
Squirrels, wild rabbits, opossums
If we do not accept the animal you’re dealing with or you wish to find a rehabilitator closer to your location, check out the VDWR registered rehabilitator listings.