Our wildlife centres

Closure of our facilities to the public

Due to the UK Government announcement - our network of animal centres, wildlife centres and charity shops must close to the public until further notice.

Although we remain committed to looking after all of the animals in our care, from 25 March no animals can be sent out on adoption or fostering. No animals can be admitted from the public, this includes wildlife.

Even though our centres are now closed to the public, our inspectors are still working hard to rescue animals in need and bring them into the safety of our care. If you need to report cruelty you can do so, as always, by calling us on 0300 1234999.

This is an incredibly difficult time for us and we appreciate your ongoing support during the Coronavirus crisis.

We have four wildlife centres

Together, our centres provide specialist care for the rehabilitation of wildlife throughout England and Wales.

RSPCA wildlife centres took in 17,321 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals in 2019

Lots of our animal centres and branches also take in sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, plus we work with a number of other wildlife rehabilitators to rehabilitate casualty wildlife.

Our wildlife centre admissions consist of 76 per cent birds, 23 per cent mammals and one per cent of everything else. Hedgehogs were the most commonly-admitted species in 2012. Our wildlife centres are equipped with veterinary surgeries, isolation cubicles, orphan wards and a variety of paddocks, pools, pens and aviaries to accommodate the many species of wild animal they admit, from fox cubs to birds of prey. 

Wildlife care advice

Our wildlife centres, together with the wildlife department, have developed wildlife rehabilitation protocols, based on their knowledge, experience and detailed research. These describe the best husbandry (ways to care) for these animals and are updated as science and knowledge progress.

Injured animals

Wildlife rehabilitation is very tricky and best left to experts so that the animals have the best chance of survival back in the wild. We would always recommend that if you find a wild animal that you think is injured, you give it to an experienced rehabilitator, or call us on 0300 1234 999.

Orphaned animals

Orphaned animals come into our centre every year, but it depends on the species as to what you should do. A lot of baby wild animals can look like orphans, so always check to make sure the wild animal is orphaned first.

Work at our wildlife centres

Wildlife assistant positions are advertised on our job vacancies. You can also volunteer at a centre by looking at our volunteer vacancies or by contacting your nearest wildlife centre.

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