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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center provides free veterinary and rehabilitation services to orphaned and injured native North Carolina animals.  The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC), while on Zoo grounds, is a gated medical facility and not open to Zoo Visitors.    For assistance or more information, please call 336.879.7644.

The staff, interns and volunteers managing this Center believe that compassion, civic responsibility and environmental stewardship are lessons best learned in the company of leaders who embody and practice these values.

The WRC provides role models, educational programs, volunteer experiences and social interactions that strengthen the human spirit by enriching its capacity to care about animals, about nature and about life itself.

Animal Rescue Advice

Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

When an animal is injured, in danger, cold, dehydrated, or becoming weak, something needs to be done.  An animal needs to be in the care of an experienced rehabilitator or veterinarian.  Before handling or transporting wildlife please contact us at 336.879.7644 so a trained volunteer wildlife rehabilitator can advise you how to proceed.

The VHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center relies on the public to transport wildlife in need to the center.    If you have been advised that the animal you have called about needs to be rescued, the information below may be of help. 

Protect Yourself First

Even very young animals will bite if startled or hurt. A pair of gardening gloves should be adequate for most babies. Pick the baby up carefully to avoid causing further injury. Cup it in your hand and grip the head firmly, but gently, between your thumb and index finger to keep it from biting.

Baby Animals Need Extra Warmth

A heating pad on "low" is best, but be careful not to allow the animal to overheat. Never attempt to feed a cold animal. The digestive system shuts down during periods of hypothermia and food at this time could kill the animal. Gently warm the animal before making any attempt to feed it.

Find Help

Wild babies have special nutritional needs. To give them the best chance of survival, let an experienced, licensed rehabilitator raise them. It is against the law to keep wildlife without the proper permits. If you can't get the animal to the rehabilitator quickly, ask him/her what you should do. Doing the wrong thing can make matters worse or even cause the death of the animal. In the excitement of finding and holding a wild animal, injuries might be overlooked. If not given proper care, the animal may not live.

Wildlife and Rabies

Due to the potential transmission of disease, the Wildlife Rehab Center is not allowed to accept fox, raccoon, skunk, bat or coyote.   Also this facility is not permitted to accept deer or bear.  Please see the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for additional information on orphaned or injured animals.


The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is staffed primarily by trained Zoo volunteers, interns, and limited Zoo personnel. Volunteers and interns are relied upon for the care and husbandry of injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, as well as caring for our education animals. Duties include but are not limited to feeding animals, preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, answering phones, and record keeping.  Opportunities to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as perform treatments as ordered by Veterinary staff may be available.  In addition, there are opportunities for participation in special projects, training, cage building and animal rescues, as well as in our education animal programming. 


WRC operating hours are:

March - September 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
October - February 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Information

Halley Buckanoff, BS, CVT, CWR
WRC Lead Veterinary Technician

4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

If you need immediate assistance please call 336.879.7644.
For other questions e-mail  


The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center provides free veterinary and rehabilitation services to orphaned and injured native North Carolina animals. Donations help buy medicines, food, shelter and veterinary services for the 800 or more injured, sick and orphaned native animals that arrive at the Center every year.