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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Classes

Want to get started in wildlife rehabilitation or need continuing education credits? We offer a wide range of classes from online to onsite

Become a Member

Join WRI and make a difference in the lives of wildlife. Members are eligible for board and committee positions or can help out at the Center once a month.

The Center

View the progress of the Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center located in Virginia Beach.

Volunteer Opportunities

Want To make a difference helping wildlife? We have many volunteer opportunities for skill levels from administrative to manual labor, from special events to once a month tasks. If you do not see one that fits your needs, let us know and we can create an opportunity.

Questions about Wildlife?

We offer information about local wildlife and initial screenings, as well as rescue and transport tips.

WRI Hotline

Need Wildlife Assistance? Give us a Call at 757-543-7000


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Wildlife Response, Inc. is a distinctive 501c3 volunteer organization devoted solely to the care of orphaned, injured, and displaced native wildlife. We are dedicated to increasing awareness of wildlife rehabilitation to the public. Our organization depends primarily upon the private donations for its programs and services.  

The Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center will be a centrally located facility where citizens, animal control officers and other agencies can drop off wildlife. In addition, the Center will provide a redistribution center for animals to be triaged, and then sent to permitted-based wildlife rehabilitators for care. The Center is expected to open in 2018.


Fund Development Volunteer


Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For 55+, Groups (any size)
Date Ongoing

The Fund Development Volunteer will be responsible for seeking new opportunities to promote Wildlife Response, Inc (WRI)to the greater community. Other duties will include administrative tasks, and assisting the Executive

Director and Board members as needed.

-Attend Fund Development Committee meetings
-Create written Fund Development Committee reports for -Board Meetings
-Assisting with recruiting and developing Fund -Development Committee members
-Encourage Board participation in Fund Development activities
-Coordinate Fund Development activities to achieve yearly goals
-Providing oversight of the Fund Development Plan and assisting in any needs to accomplish goals
-Creating, reviewing and updating Fund Development plan with Board approval
-Seeking new fund development opportunities and putting a process in place to take advantage of those opportunities
-Grant writing
-Assist Director of Fund Development and/or Board -Members and Executive Director as needed 


Fundraising: Volunteers should be creative, able to think "out of the box", and outgoing. Should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. They should have good organization and time management skills and feel comfortable working with and communicating with diverse groups of people. Prior or current interest in fund development is helpful, but not required!


Development - Grant Writer


Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For 55+
Date Ongoing

Wildlife Response, Inc is in need of people who can make the impossible possible. We are in the process of building the areas first Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and are obtaining the funds for this important project.

WRI is looking for volunteers willing to help us realize this goal by providing Grant Writing services to cover the costs of building and maintaining the Center once it is built.

Volunteer should have a love of wildlife and the environment; time to research, and write a variety of grants. College students with Business majors are encouraged to respond, although anyone with grant writing experience willing to volunteer their time would definetly be considered.


Communication skills and Computer knowledge required. Previous grant writing skills highly recommended.


Community Outreach - Education Volunteer

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For 55+
Date Ongoing

Wildlife Response, Inc. beleives that the only way to increase awareness of how to coexist with wildlife is to have a strong Public Education Program.

Our Community Outreach Committee is responsible for a variety of public programs which include information about the natural history wild animals, emergency response, environtmental concerns, and other topics pertinant to our mission.

WRI visits Elementary & High Schools, local Civic Leagues, Girl & Boy Scout groups, and other specialty groups such as Garden & Birding clubs.


Public Speaking: Education and Public Speaking experience preferred, but not required. Volunteer will be coached in all aspects of presenting programs as it pertains to our organization.

Development - Fundraising Volunteer

Location Hampton Roads, VA
Great For 55+
Date Ongoing

Wildlife Response, Inc. needs volunteers for a variety of jobs pertaining to the Fundraising aspect of our Development Committee. This may include anything from t-shirt sales to assisting with planning large functions such as our successful "Wild Time for Wildlife" Silent Auction.

A love of animals, wildlife, and the environment is recommended to help with fundraising efforts.


Fundraising Skills: Energy and a willingness to work hard! Ability to think "out of the box" desired. Previous Fundraising or Sales experience is helpful, but no experience necessary - a willingness to help and good communication skills are all that are required.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always in need to dedicated volunteers to help us fulfil our mission.  As an all-volunteer organization, we depend upon community volunteers to assist in everything from operations to hotline to building.  Whatever your skill, we have a job for you!

If you are interested in joining a committee, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.about your interest.

Building Committee
The Building Committee is responsible for the design and implementation of all major structures and site improvements at the Wildlife Response & Rehabilitation Center (WRRC). Activities include planning, brainstorming, conceptual design, construction administration and actual construction of large wildlife structures, landscaping and site maintenance, as well as the organization of volunteer work activity gatherings at the WRRC.

Capital Campaign Committee
The Capital Campaign is an intensive fund raising effort designed to fund costs needed to meet the varied asset-building needs of the Wildlife Response & Rehabilitation Center (WRRC), using Fundraisers, Corporate and Private Giving, and Grants

Community Outreach Committee 
Seeks out opportunities for Wildlife Response, Inc to be represented in the greater community; plans and conducts community outreach activities; and develops strategies for increasing public awareness of the wildlife around us.

Executive Committee 
Determine the organization’s mission and vision; provides oversight of the Executive Director; determines policies and procedures; appoints committee chairs; conducts strategic planning; handles general affairs of the Board.

Finance Committee
Accountable for the organization’s financial policies and procedures; develops the organization’s budget; ensures accurate tracking, monitoring, and accountability for funds; and ensures adequate financial controls.

Fund Development 
In conjunction with the Finance Committee, determines the organization’s fundraising goals; develops an annual fundraising plan that will generate the funds needed to meet fundraising goals; develops a plan for involving the organization's membership in the non-grant resource development activities of the organization. Seeks out and applies for grants. Investigates new resource development projects, activities, and ideas for possible use in the future.

Hotline Services 
Trains and coordinates volunteers who answer the Wildlife Referral Hotline. Maintains a monthly calendar and distributes to BOD, Hotline volunteers, and web site designer. Chairperson will represent committee on matters of policy decision within the Board.

Membership Committee 
Serves our organization's individual and organizational members; determines and implements member benefits; ensures retention through the offering of services that meet members’ needs; implements the means for making prospective and current members aware of the resources, services, and membership benefits; acknowledges new members and encourages participation in activities; identifies members' and nonmembers' needs and perceptions, analyzes them, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Nominating Committee 
The responsibility of the Nominating Committee shall be to submit to the Managing Members of the Corporation a list of candidates for the Board of Directors.

Organization Development Committee 
Collaborates with Board of Directors to keep the organization’s policies and procedures up to date; ensures diversity within the organization; conducts Strategic Planning in conjunction with Executive Committee; oversees Board governance processes; and maintains the Board Policy and Governance Manual.

Public Relations Committee 
Plans, develops, and maintains our website; responds to public inquiries; oversees marketing strategies; ensures a strong web presence conducts outreach with news media; in collaboration with the Community Outreach Committee, plans and conducts community outreach activities.

Rehabilitation Services & Education Committee 
Supervise rehabilitation volunteers. Coordinates wildlife rehabilitation classes conducted by members and nonmember wildlife rehabilitators. Maintains statistical information regarding rehabilitation efforts. Represents wildlife rehabilitators on matters of policy decision within the Board.

Rescue & Transportation Services Committee 
Coordinates wildlife transport and rescue. Manages transport volunteers and represents wildlife transporters on matters of policy decisions within the board.


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