Center for Wildlife
About Us

wildlife release

Welcome to Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.  For twenty-seven years, our wildlife rehabilitation facility, its staff and volunteers have provided medical care, safe sanctuary and humane treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released back into the wild.  The Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities.

To this end, we focus on three goals:

  1. Strengthening regional capacity to rescue, rehabilitate, and return injured animals to the wild
  2. Providing learning opportunities and expanding community outreach programs to teach and inspire people of all ages to help protect local wildlife
  3. Achieving long-term financial and ecological sustainability.

Click here to view our exciting 2013-2016 strategic plan, and click here to view the associated workplan!

Click here to take a Virtual Tour of CFW!!

Center for Wildlife....Then and NowCall of the Wild Video

A veterinarian in York, Maine founded Center for Wildlife in 1986. The first year of operation the phone typically rang once per week, and 100 wildlife patients were admitted; running out of a trailor with no running water. In 1994, the Center moved to its current site in Cape Neddick, Maine, and within 5 years was treating over 1,000 animals annually.

Today, Center for Wildlife proudly serves the New England region typically managing 1,650 cases each year (native wildlife injured because of vehicle collisions, pollution, fishing line, oil spills, and other unnatural causes), representing more than 190 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The clinic is run out of a modest 1,200 square foot building, and a campus of over 45 outdoor enclosures; both of which can be filled with patients during our peak season. The goal of our wildlife clinic is to medically treat and provide rehabilitation to injured wild animals so that they can be released back to the wild where they belong.

For over 20 years, Center for Wildlife has also provided environmental education outreach programs bringing live animal ambassadors to schools, libraries, state parks, senior centers, professional conferences, and many other venues; now providing a unique learning experience to over 6,000 individuals each year. The Center also includes a robust internship program and an active volunteer base; hosting over 20 college students and 70 volunteers each year. We collaborate with regional Universities and the Department of Inland Wildlife and Fisheries to prepare for and address natural disasters and zoonotic diseases. Center for Wildlife’s Wildlife Assistance Hotline now fields over 12,000 calls each year assisting callers from all over New England.

Center for Wildlife Informational Videos

Click here to view NH Chronicle's "Healing Hands at the York Center for Wildlife" segment, a wonderful thoughful documentary on our work from the NH Chronicle Team!

Click here to view our "Call of the Wild 2012" video, and view highlights from our medical clinic, educational outreach, volunteer and intern, and research programs!

Click here to watch an inspiring video of our work with songbirds (and "uplifting" releases!) created by our Summer Intern 2012- Marissa Simoneau.

Click here to watch and listen to a PSA about our work and annual Open House celebration.