Animal Ambassadors

Sponsor an Educational Animal


Sponsor the care of an educational animal for a year. Sponsorship pays for their food, handling, housekeeping, and enclosure maintenance. You will also get a meet-and-greet at your selected venue with your host animal of choice! 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

Turtle #45

Turtle #45 is an Eastern Box Turtle. He is over 20 years old, and is Wild Care’s first Educational Ambassador! Turtle #45 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, turtle #45 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 #45 permanently as our educational Eastern Box Turtle!

Turtle #45 has been traveling all over Cape Cod in the past year – 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. <3

Turtle #45’s care was generously sponsored by
Garvey Communication Associates Inc.,
in 2017.

Excited to announce their sponsorship of #45 for 2018 too!

Thank you John Garvey and your wonderful team for your love of turtles,
and for your kindness and support!

 (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

Would you also like to sponsor turtle #45’s care in 2018?
There’s enough love to go around! Sponsorship is $700.

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 his 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. He and his siblings were rehabilitated at Wild Care. His 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. He’s been out-and-about ever since. Find him 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 him in 2018.

Would you like to sponsor Nickerson’s care in 2018?
Sponsorship is $1,000. (Photo by Cristalyn Searles)

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. She was displaced from her nest when her nesting tree was cut down. She was found on the ground and brought to Wild Care. No other owlets were found. Sadly, she had a wing droop and a fractured wing. A wildlife veterinarian deemed her non-releasable due to the fracture (she is not capable of survival in the wild due to the injury). Being a young owl, we thought she 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 her as part of our team here at Wild Care. More about Up Up in January!

Would you like to sponsor Up Up’s care in 2018?
Sponsorship is $1,000.  (Photo by Julia Cumes)

Kathryn Neal Doyle has graciously sponsored Up Up and Nickerson, our educational screech owls.

June 2018 – We are so grateful to you Kathryn, and to all those who support Wild Care.
Here is a beautiful photo of these two amazing birds, by Leo Seletsky.

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

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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