Humane traps? Not always…

By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator A couple of weeks ago Wild Care received a call about a snake they had unintentionally caught in a Hav A Heart trap. It was stuck between the bars and could not get out. To get an idea of the trap’s size we asked what they were hoping to catch. Continue Reading

WC ‘Neighbors Are Wild’ Resources

A list of ‘My Neighbors Are Wild’ Resources can be found here.

Wild Care is Good, But Real Parents Are Best. Trust me.

By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator  An unexpected adventure of trust started when a couple of friends visited a park in Arlington. They watched Eastern Kingbirds contentedly feeding their fledgling babies when suddenly other birds  (we suspect Blue Jays) began making a big raucous around them.  A young Kingbird was now alone on the ground Continue Reading

Tips for Co-Existing with Wildlife

Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director Wild Care, Inc. 10 Smith Ln. Eastham, MA [email protected] • Website   Download A Printable Document Bay Area Bird-Related Supplies and Nest Boxes: Los Gatos Birdwatcher (store), Los Gatos Bird-related supplies, including bird food, feeders, nesting and roosting boxes *** Wildlife Rehabilitation Near You! Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, San Jose: Continue Reading

A Different Kind Of Tale

Adventures of a Wild Care Volunteer, by Amy Sanders All of my tales, since I began writing for Wild Care, have been about animal contacts. It is true that I do regular shifts feeding baby birds, shifts feeding baby squirrels, field rescues for the Outer Cape, and have even embarked on doing talks with the Continue Reading

You Want Me to Check Out What??

Adventures of a Volunteer By Amy Sanders Many calls that one receives as a volunteer field rescuer are easy. Well, not necessarily physically easy to carry out, but easy in that I know what to do. Once in a while though, a call comes through that is scary for me because I haven’t had the Continue Reading

Swan Saved Amidst COVID Confusion

By Jennifer Taylor. Animal Care Coordinator On March 20th, Wild Care staff called an unplanned meeting to address how we were to cope with the COVID-19 situation in anticipation of an Emergency Order from Governor Baker. We had a whirlwind of questions to face… Do we close? How do we take care of the current animals? Continue Reading

Help Us Reduce The Number Of Orphaned Wildlife During COVID-19

Help us to reduce the numbers of orphaned wildlife, by following these simple guidelines…

COVID-19: Wild Care’s Status

A Message from our Executive Director, March 26, 2020. Wild Care Friends. We hope you are all healthy and safe during this unsettling time. We want you all to know that during this time of uncertainty, Wild Care is here!

Squirrelly Times!

Adventures of a Wild Care Volunteer: “Squirrelly Times!” I’m sure you’d all agree; these are odd times indeed—unprecedented for all of us.  “Social Distancing” (or more accurately, “physical distancing” affects everyone, even Wild Care…

Caring People and an Effective Telephone Chain

By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator. It is only March, and already Wild Care has received 13 patients who have been hit by cars. Last year it was well over 100…

COVID-19: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wild Care Volunteers, and Members of the Public…

Wild Winter Night is WILDLY Successful for Wild Care!

Wild Care raised over $42,000 to continue providing life-saving care for wildlife, including $12,000 for Wild Care’s upcoming Clinic and Education Center Expansion Project. Over 200 guests enjoyed the delightful live music of Bert Jackson and Scott Lariviere…

A “True” Duck Tale

Not too long after I moved here year round in 1987, I took myself to the beach to watch the waves after a storm had passed…

Wild Care is chosen as recipient of Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Reusable Bag Program

The Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Reusable Bag Program is designed to make it easy for Shaw’s customers to contribute to their local community, while supporting the environment…

Another Lucky Duck

Last week we received some calls about a duck struggling under a dock near the Belmont in Harwich. It was caught on something and could not fly or swim away, and just kept circling around a piling…

Dovekie Dilemmas

When winter winds are blowing, that’s when we know Dovekies will be soon arriving at Wild Care’s door.

You may have seen stories about them in the paper when we receive large numbers of them and try to get them back out to the open ocean…

Huh?? A Most Confusing Rescue!

So, it’s a rainy, windy, nasty day in early December when I get a call from Wild Care. I pick up the phone, say “hello” and hear Jen’s voice saying “there’s a potential rescue”. “Aw, come on!” I say, “Who the heck is out in this weather to even see an animal!?”


Eastern Gray Squirrels typically have two litters per year, in March and August, sometimes three! We have received neonatal Eastern Gray Squirrels at Wild Care as early as Feb. 10th one year, though most of our squirrel babies from the first litter of the year arrive in March. PLEASE HELP US TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF Continue Reading

Wild Care’s Tree of Memories Keep on Giving to People and Wildlife

On Friday, January 3, Wild Care received 14 trees from Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod’s Hospice “Tree of Memories” program. The trees will be used to fill Wild Care’s raptor and songbird aviaries to provide enrichment for recovering sick and injured wildlife.

THANK YOU Eversource!

Wild Care was awarded Eversource Energy Community Impact Grant of $1,500!

Giving Tuesday 2019

Wild Care raises $9,050 on Giving Tuesday! THANK YOU!!

Rodenticide: Some Squirrels Survived

Last week I received an email thanking me for Wild Care’s help almost a year ago. It is a wonderful feeling to successfully guide people through a crisis. A woman named Helen had called Wild Care last January. She was distraught and very concerned about the squirrels who were acting sick in her yard.

The Occasional ‘Wild’ of Rescuing

I took a long walk on Nauset Beach in Eastham and the surf was roaring as a result of a heavy storm off
shore. Seagulls were dodging the wave crests, diving for snacks, and a variety of them were wandering around
the rack line in search of edible treats.

“Touring Wild Care & the Trash Your Tackle Program”

My Fishing Cape Cod had the wonderful opportunity this year to tour Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation center less than a few miles from the Goose Hummock in Orleans.

If you find an animal in
distress, please call us at:


Our helpline and our facility
are open EVERY DAY from
9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
We are located at the
Orleans rotary (on the Eastham side).

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A Sneak Squeak into the Life of a Mouse Rehabilitator

Many of you may know that I specialize in the care of orphaned White-footed Mice, a native species in Massachusetts. “Why on earth would you rehab mice,” you might ask?



31 December, 2022
Give Chocolate and Help Save Wildlife this Holiday Season
20 October, 2022
Wild Care Presents Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
18 June, 2022
Wildlife Baby Shower


Wild Care has a state-of-the-art seabird therapy pool, which allows seabirds and waterfowl to exercise on running water. This will help our bird friends recover more quickly so they can get back to their watery habitats!