Wildlife Department







The mission of the SPCA's Wildlife Department is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.  The department is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in New York State! There were more than 2,843 wild animals admitted in 2014 of more than 100 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles! In 2014, the department fields 7,475 calls from community members with wildlife inquiries. Our high number of animals is cared for by one full-time staff member, one part-time veterinarian, and four additional part-time staff members…with 110 volunteers!!

Of all animals treated, 54% are birds of all kinds: songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, etc. Our outstanding wildlife cases have included the rehab/release of threatened and endangered species such as Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Least Bitterns, all while rehabilitating the more commonly-seen species, including songbirds, cottontail rabbits, and grey squirrels. The department admits and cares for exotic animals of all kinds and periodically assists the DEC with capture, transport, and care of various illegally possessed wildlife. 

The Wildlife Department is instrumental in the training and educational opportunities offered to all New York State wildlife rehabilitators.

From box turtles to falcons, gulls to opossums, and everything in between, members of the SPCA’s Wildlife Department can assist with your wildlife emergencies, questions, or concerns. Most wildlife species that are in need can be cared for by our dedicated staff of professionals. 
Call the SPCA Wildlife Department with wildlife questions or concerns: 716-629-3528.

  • Questions about common wildlife issues? Click here!
  • Interested in volunteering in the Wildlife Department? Click here for volunteer job descriptions!
  • Interested in booking an all-ages Wildlife Education Program? Information can be found here!
  • Recommended Reading: Creature Comforts by Joel Thomas. Joel Thomas was the Wildlife Department Administrator for the SPCA Serving Erie County for over 12 years. His wit and expertise shine in this book with common sense solutions to living with wildlife. Joel passed away April 23rd, 2012 after a long battle with ALS. His legacy lives on through the lives that he touched and the wisdom he imparted. Purchase your copy of CREATURE COMFORTS in the SPCA Petique today.
  • Follow Wildlife Department news on FACEBOOK, and on our "WILDLIFE WEDNESDAYS" radio segment each week, 8:20 am on WECK 1230 AM and 102.9 FM Radio! Listen to archived segments here!


Learn more about becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator;
visit the Web site of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council...


Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo graciously sponsors the Wildlife Rehabilitation Department.