R-PAWS Rehabilitation Program at the Wildlife Sanctuary

R-PAWS is an organization of volunteer members that nurtures injured and orphaned wildlife for release back into their wild habitats. R-PAWS is licensed by state and federal permits. The program works in cooperation with the D.N.R., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

R-PAWS TRAINING Click Are You Ready to Help? for more information, or call 920-391-3671.

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary receives over 5,000 wildlife patients in need of rehabilitation each year.

R-PAWS Goals

• Rehabilitate and release injured or orphaned wildlife.
• Obtain knowledge for the proper care of wildlife.
• Provide information in response to public inquiries about wildlife.
• Provide educational programs for the public and special interest groups.

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R-PAWS History

R-PAWS was founded in 1986 in response to the ever-increasing number of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife brought to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

After mandatory training sessions to learn the proper feeding and housing techniques, members volunteer their time rehabilitating wildlife at their homes. All expenses to raise and care for wildlife are the responsibility of the R-PAWS member. The center will sell food and supplies at a reduced cost to members and supply donated items when available.

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Are You Ready To Help?

R-PAWS is an entirely donation-supported non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

R-PAWS Training:

Once a year, R-PAWS, the Rehabilitation Program at the Wildlife Sanctuary holds beginner training for individuals interested in learning about wildlife rehab. Participants must be at least 18 years old and live within a 30-mile radius of the Sanctuary to be licensed as sub-permittees. There is no obligation to attend the training. Members receive satisfaction working with wildlife and working for the community.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Nature Center Auditorium
Fee: $2
Registration: Call (920) 391-3671 to register

Need Release Sites:

We are also in need of release sites for rehabilitated animals. If you know of a site please call the Observation Building today at 920-391-3685.

Make a Donation:

If you wish to make a donation, you have several options:

RPAWS current WISHLIST of items needed; please call 920-391-3685 to drop off items

ONLINE: Click on the Donate button to donate online.

MAIL: Click Donation Form, print it, fill it out and send it to:

Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary – R-PAWS
1660 East Shore Drive
Green Bay, WI 54302

Thank you for your support of R-PAWS and Wisconsin Wildlife.

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