Home-Based Wildlife Rehabilitation
What is home-based rehabilitation?
The majority of wildlife rehabilitators in the United States are home-based. That is, they care for the animals they intake within their homes and on their own property.
The regulations and laws that govern wildlife rehabilitation can be very complex. These procedures vary from state to state and even within different regions of the same state. Some states issue permits to wildlife centers only, while in other states, permits are issued only to individuals and every person working at a center must have their own permit. Both centers and individuals can obtain permits in several states, and rehabilitators who care for birds must have a Federal permit, as well.
The quality of care should not depend on whether the rehabilitator is based in a center or in a home. When given a choice, most rescuers pick a rehabilitator by word-of-mouth recommendation or by proximity to their home or workplace. Ask questions if you have any concerns about the quality of care that will be provided to a wild animal. Most rehabilitators are very passionate about their work and are happy to discuss it with you.
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