Welcome to the

Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators. Here you will find information on what to do with an injured or orphaned animal, and how to become a rehabilitator in the state of Delaware.

 

 

ABOUT US

The Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators (DCWRE) is a diverse group of volunteers of all age groups and experience levels who come together to help the wildlife of Delaware. They share their experience with one another and promote wildlife awareness within the state. DCWRE is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of Delaware. It was established in 1995 to care for sick, injured and abandoned wildlife with the goal of returning them to the wild.

We are supported by annual membership dues and public donations.

Our goals:

  • To educate the public about wildlife habits, habitats, and values.

  • To promote respect for wildlife species throughout the State of Delaware.

  • To rehabilitate orphaned or injured wildlife by providing the necessary care required to release them back into their natural habitats.

  • To provide continuing education and training opportunities to our members. This ensures

  • that the animals being rehabilitated are receiving the best quality care possible.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A WILD ANIMAL   THAT NEEDS HELP

IF IT IS A YOUNG BIRD

 

Try to locate a nest and place it back into it. If the bird is able to actively escape from you, then leave it alone, it is a fledling and a parent is nearby to care for it.

A NEST OF RABBITS

 

Usually an adult rabbit is nearby and you should leave the babies alone. If you injured one with a piece of power equipment, remove it from the nest and call a number below.

IF YOU NEED TO INTERVENE,
DON'T...

 

Allow children or household pets near them. Don't give them medications, or put them on top of an electric heating pad.

IF YOU NEED TO INTERVENE,
DO...

Pick them up with gloves. Place them in a cage or a box with a blanket. Offer warmth through a bottle filled with warm water.

CONTACT US

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, AND NEED ASSISTANCE WITH AN ABANDONED WILD ANIMAL, CALL THE NUMBER SPECIFIC TO THE COUNTY WHERE YOU LIVE.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE

 

302-834-4604

KENT COUNTY, DE

 

302-270-9256

SUSSEX COUNTY
302-228-1063

IF YOU FIND SPECIFICALLY A...

MARINE MAMMAL

 

302-228-5029

DEER/FAWN

 

302-739-9912

302-739-4580 (Between 4:30 pm & 8:30 am)

BAT

 

302-735-8670

302-739-4580 (Between 4:30 pm & 8:30 am)

BIRD

 

302-737-9543

OPERATION GAME THEFT (POACHING)

 

800-292-3030

Need additional help,                          or have a question? 
Be sure to let us know if you live in New Castle,      Kent or Sussex County so we can direct you to        the right Wildlife Rehabilitator!

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