Between July 2020 and July 2021, WildCare Inc. has taken in more than 1,600 animals, from raccoons to songbirds.
WildCare is a nonprofit organization in Bloomington providing care and rehabilitation services to almost all native Indiana wildlife species so they may be returned to the wild. Non-releasable animals often become WildCare’s Education Ambassadors and are taken to events and educational outreach programs. WildCare Inc. also aims to help protect the next generation of wildlife through education and community outreach programs.
The average number of animals admitted each year is 1,600, according to Sarah Maddox, director of animal care at WildCare. In 2020, WildCare admitted about 1,200 animals, but she expects that number to be back to normal for 2021. Of the admitted animals, a majority come in between April and August, Maddox said.
WildCare has animal care technicians, one who is licensed to be a rehabilitator and others who are sublicensees, who directly oversee animal care as it is carried out by volunteers. Technicians spend a lot of time on the phone this time of year, Maddox said. WildCare Inc. primarily works through phone calls. She requests that people not email the agency with animal issues because most of them are time sensitive.
Before COVID-19, WildCare had hours of operation so people could stop in with animals, although people were encouraged to call first. During the pandemic, WildCare implemented an appointment-only policy, and that…