Wildlife Rehabilitators are people who have obtained state and federal permits to care for injured, ill and orphaned wildlife, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Most Wildlife Rehabilitators are individuals who work out of their homes, on a volunteer basis, and receive no monetary assistance. Rehabilitators pay for caging, supplies, food, and medication out of their own pockets.
It is illegal in the state of Massachusetts for the general public to take in, care for and/or treat wildlife. For most kinds of animals, permits from both state and federal wildlife agencies must be obtained in order to become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Rehabilitators with state permits can rehabilitate mammals and reptiles; federal permits are needed to treat most birds. Some rehabilitators are specialized, only working with certain types of animals; other rehabilitators are interested in handling a wider range of creatures. Please visit MassWildlife or Wildlife Rehabilitors’ Association of Massachusetts for more information.
Wildlife Rehabilitators' Association of Massachusetts
The Wildlife Rehabilitators' Association of Massachusetts (WRAM), is a non-profit organization of wildlife rehabilitators, wildlife centers which include the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, and anyone else who has a general interest in wildlife and its conservation. WRAM provides educational opportunities for its members and disseminates information about wildlife to residents in Massachusetts and the region.