Sponsor An Animal Ambassador


Sponsor an Educational Animal


Sponsor the care of an educational animal for a year. Sponsorship pays for their food, handling, housekeeping, and enclosure maintenance. For sponsorships with Nickerson, Up Up and Garv, you will also get a meet-and-greet at your selected venue with your host animal! Know that your donation changes the life of an animal all year long. (Our animals can have more than one sponsor!)


Meet Our Educational Animals

Welcome our new Animal Ambassador, Terry the Turtle

Terry came to Wild Care in November of 2022. He is a male Eastern Painted Turtle with vibrant coloring. He was surrendered by a family that could no longer care for him. He cannot be released into the wild because he is habituated to people. He is doing very well, and is currently getting used to a new diet of live food and fresh greens. He will become one of our Animal Ambassadors, and part of our education outreach program teaching people about the importance of turtles in our environment, and why they should remain wild.

Thank you to Restoration 1 of Cape Cod for their sponsorship of the care of Terry in 2024.


Thank you to Zenbusiness for their sponsorship of the care of Terry in 2024.

Would you like to sponsor Terry’s care in 2025?
Annual sponsorship is $300.

Email Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director, to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship! [email protected]

Meet GARV the Eastern Box Turtle

GARV (short for “Garvey”) is an Eastern Box Turtle. He is over 20 years old, and is Wild Care’s first Educational Ambassador! GARV was brought to us in the winter of 2015. The turtle had been kept as a pet (illegal in the state of Massachusetts), and was tossed out into the snow while his caretaker was away.

The turtle was brought to Wild Care for care, and was severely malnourished. We began providing necessary medical treatment and proper nutrition.  With our help, the turtle made a swift recovery. Wild Care staff quickly realized that unfortunately, GARV was too tame to be released back into the wild. We applied for a permit from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and received acceptance in the Summer of 2016, to keep turtle GARV permanently as our educational Eastern Box Turtle!

GARV has been traveling all over Cape Cod in the past two years – from classrooms, to Wild Care’s various events, to the Blessing of the Animals at Dennis Union Church, etc. He was even featured on public television, courtesy of the Cape Cod Community Media Center. This wonderful turtle has been teaching young and old alike about the natural history and value Eastern Box Turtles bring to Cape Cod, and warming peoples hearts along the way. ♥️

Garv’s care has been generously sponsored by Garvey Communication Associates Inc. since 2017. Thank you John Garvey and your wonderful team for your love of turtles, your kindness and support of Wild Care, and sponsorship of Garv for 2024!

 (Care includes: Food, daily handling and exercise, housekeeping and cleaning, and a bodyguard at events.)

P.O. Box 15294 1500 Main Street, 20th Floor Springfield, MA 01115 Phone: (413) 736-2245 | Fax: (413) 736-2247 www.gcaionline.com

Would you like to sponsor GARV’s care in 2025?
There’s enough love to go around! Annual sponsorship is $750.

Email Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director, to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship! [email protected]

Meet Nickerson the Eastern Screech Owl

Nickerson was brought to us as an owlet, when her nesting tree was cut down in Nickerson State Park (unbeknownst to the trimmers). The owlets were in bad shape and a reunion with their parents was not possible. Nickerson suffered an eye injury when the tree fell. She and her siblings were rehabilitated at Wild Care. Her siblings were released, but it was quickly determined that Nickerson was blind in one eye and was not fit for release. Being a young bird, Nickerson was a great candidate to become an educational animal, providing us the opportunity to teach the Cape Cod community about the importance of Eastern Screech Owls to our ecosystems, and why tree felling during spring and summer months hurts wildlife. In 2017, Wild Care acquired a federal permit to keep Nickerson as our educational owl ambassador. She’s been out-and-about ever since. Find her at Wild Care events, local events, schools and more. We hope you’ve had a chance to meet this delightfully charming owl. You’ll be seeing more of her this year.

Thank you to Beach Road Muscular Therapy for the generous 2024 sponsorship of Nickerson, Wild Care’s Animal Ambassador Eastern Screech Owl! Nationally certified and licensed massage therapist Jennifer Budryk has been mountain biking in Nickerson State Park for 40 years, and hopes to bring awareness of the importance of having tree work done before nesting and baby season.

Beach Road Muscular Therapy


THANK YOU to Allan and Jill MacDonald for their kind and generous sponsorship of Nickerson for 2024! Jill is a member of the Nickerson family and Wild Care is very dear to her.


Would you like to sponsor Nickerson’s care in 2025?
Sponsorship is $1,000.

Email Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director, to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship! [email protected]

Meet “Up Up” the Eastern Screech Owl

Up Up came to us on April 29, 2017 as an owlet. He was displaced from his nest when his nesting tree was cut down. He was found on the ground and brought to Wild Care. No other owlets were found. Sadly, he had a wing droop and a fractured wing. A wildlife veterinarian deemed him non-releasable due to the fracture (he is not capable of survival in the wild due to the injury). Being a young owl, we thought he would make a great candidate for an educational animal-teaching people about how they can minimize impacts on wildlife (don’t trim trees until winter), and why owls are an important part of our ecosystem. Up Up is a bundle of beauty, joy and energy.

Up Up is truly a great educational ambassador, and we are blessed to have him as part of our team here at Wild Care.

Thank you to Karen and Arthur Boujoukos for your generous sponsorship of Up Up for 2024!


Would you like to sponsor Up Up’s care in 2025?
Annual sponsorship is $1,000.

Email Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director, to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship! [email protected]


Meet Mallory the Mallard

In the summer of 2021, we received a group of orphaned Mallard ducklings from the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. All the ducklings were fostered at Wild Care by Ilean, our resident foster Mallard and Educational Ambassador (see above). They were all eventually released, except for one special duckling. Mallory.

Mallory has a spinal deformity which prevents her from being released in the wild. She lives very happily at Wild Care with Ilean. She will live here permanently and play an important role in fostering orphaned ducklings next Spring and Summer. This will also give Ilean a much needed break from mom duties!

We would like to thank our wonderful Board member and long-time Clinic Volunteer, Jody Rice-Hines for generously sponsoring the care of Mallory in 2024! Our previous duck Ilean was very bonded with Jody, And now she and Mallory also have a special bond. She enriches Mallory’s life with every visit with pool swims, and built an outdoor day pen for her. Jody is our duck whisperer.



Would you like to sponsor Mallory’s care in 2025? Sponsorship is $500.

Email Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care Executive Director, to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship. [email protected]


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