The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation granted our first wildlife rehabilitation permit in 1984. The Fish and Wildlife Service has since granted WildCare permits for wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife education, eagle rehabilitation and eagle exhibitor’s permits for migratory birds and eagles. WildCare received IRS 501(c)(3) status in 1995. Although licensed and regulated by state and federal agencies, WildCare does not receive any government funding. The foundation is a public charity supported solely by donations from caring individuals and businesses.
WildCare director and co-founder Rondi Large began what became her life’s work of animal rehabilitation when she starting saving injured and distressed wildlife at her home in central Oklahoma. Early on it was a songbird, a house sparrow. A little later, while still holding down a full time job in the early 80’s Large began taking rescued babies to work to keep up with the rigorous around-the-clock feeding schedule for newborns while fulfilling her professional responsibilities. Then one day with a menagerie of six baby birds, a litter of opossums and a litter of raccoons deposited behind her desk, a choice had to be made. WildCare was the outcome of a decision to pursue a passion for wildlife rehabilitation, and, in the face of a dearth of wildlife rehab centers, a commitment not to turn a blind eye to wild animals in need. Thirty years after that decision was made, WildCare has taken in 60,000 animals.
Unfortunately, the sad reality of wildlife rehab is that not all animals can be saved. But our commitment is to do our utmost to provide all incoming animals with a thorough health assessment, a high level of care and comfort.
As a founding board member it gives me great pride and satisfaction knowing that WildCare Foundation has survived the fickle economy and is still financially stable and fulfilling its mission 30 years since our founding. In addition to seven non-paid working Board members WildCare is now staffed by three salaried full time employees and 10-12 paid seasonal employees. WildCare is also able to participate in the University of Oklahoma Work Study program allowing us to employ 3-4 students annually in collaboration with the University. Moreover, WildCare is fortunate and grateful to have many volunteers throughout the year who contribute more than 13,000 hours annually.
One of many things WildCare is most proud of is that we provide large outdoor habitats where different species have seclusion and adequate space for natural behaviors as they progress towards their recovery and eventual release. WildCare Foundation owns seven acres of land and our facility consists of 40,000 sq ft of outdoor enclosures capable of housing all species of wildlife.
An example of WildCare’s success is the fact that the same facility where once only a few hundred animals were cared for now accommodates more than 5,000 yearly! This accomplishment gives us great satisfaction but also creates our greatest challenge: the current facility is not adequate to keep up with this need. We desperately need additional space for animal intake, nursery rooms for the babies, and medical clinic room. Additionally, space is needed to expand our educational efforts to broaden the public’s understanding of their role they play in the survival of Oklahoma’s wildlife.
Dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, WildCare’s mission is simple: WildCare provides people a place to bring wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy animals back to the wild. At WildCare these vulnerable creatures receive a high standard of individualized care based on nationally recognized best practices and protocols for wildlife rehabilitation.
A near term success will be meeting our capital campaign program goal of $375,000 and the completion of our new facility building!
Between 1984-1992, WildCare took in 41 animals, an average of ﬁve animals on an annual basis. Today, the foundation accepts more than 5,000 animals every year. We have admitted 60,000 rescued animals since 1984.
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