COVID-19 Update

Updated on April 21, 2020

While it is currently our intention to stay open, it has become necessary to restrict admissions. 

Until further notice, WWI will be accepting small mammals and adult songbirds from Westmoreland County only. 
Raptors, waterfowl and reptiles will continue to be accepted from Westmoreland & surrounding counties. Because of limited staffing, we will not be able to take in any baby songbirds except doves & pigeons at this time. 

It is imperative to schedule an appointment. We expect to see changes in staff and availability, possibly on a daily basis. As always, our goal is to give all patients the best possible care; in order to do so, we need to be prepared for their arrival and be sure we will be staffed to maintain that level of care.

  • Please Do Not Show Up Without an Appointment! You will be turned away.
  • Please contact the PA Game Commission at 724-238-9523 for other rehabbers in the area.
  • Please continue to check this page for updates on our status.

Wildlife Rescue Rules

Spring is here and wildlings are out and about! If you see an animal that may be in distress, please refer to our Wildlife Rescue Rules before intervening. In many situations, it is actually better to leave the wildling alone! But if you do need to intervene, this resource also includes suggestions on how to handle wildlife situations.

New Fawn Rescue Satellite
Bonfire Campaign

Hello Wildlife Works friends and family! 

Please click the T-shirt or see the link below for some very exciting news and ways you can support this huge step in the development of a new WWI fawn rescue satellite in Mt. Pleasant.  

Every Spring, we receive dozens of calls about "orphaned" deer, and in the past, we have not been able to do more than advise the finders - which is very important, since many of these "orphans" do not need help at all. It is the nature of white tail does to leave their fawns in a place of safety for extended periods of time, coming only periodically to feed them. Folks who come across some of these babies make the erroneous assumption that they are "orphaned" or abandoned" when in fact, they are fine and mother will return. 

But, there are cases when the fawns actually need help, and sadly, we have been unable to accept them for rehab because we do not have the kind of property here in Youngwood that would allow us to build a large enough enclosure. 

Exciting News! Now, in 2020, our newly licensed rehabber, Morgan Barron, is opening her own satellite facility in nearby Mt. Pleasant and is eager to get started with accepting fawns for rehabilitation. In order to do so, a large fenced-in enclosure must be erected to house the fawns outdoors where they will be cared for until they can integrate into the local deer herd. 

The Bonfire Campaign is a vehicle that will allow us to raise monies for this project. While the shirt prices may seem a little high to you - or not :) - keep in mind that 100% of the profit is coming to Wildlife Works. So, please join in and help our efforts to help white tail fawns!

Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter

Say NO to Pet Ducks & Chicks!

The temptation of adorable baby chicks and ducks for sale seems to peep up like spring sprouts, and this article is a good reminder about why those kinds of creatures aren't "gifts".  Click on the image above to view as a PDF.

Admission Appointments

Making an appointment before you bring an admission to our facility is vital to the recovery of your wild animal friend!  As much as we wish that our facility could be staffed 24/7, our volunteers are only on-premise from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM at the latest; our office is staffed from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM Monday through Friday.  For the safety of every animal, and to improve our ability to administer care in a timely fashion, no wildlife admissions should ever be “dropped off” at our door.


Animals that are “dropped off” without our knowledge are susceptible to

  • Inclement weather: Rain, snow, extreme cold, or extreme heat and consequent dehydration.
  • Predation: A wounded animal in a box easily becomes a target for hungry predators.
  • Premature release: The animal could escape before we ever found it and had a chance to help.
  • Being accidentally ignored: Even if there are volunteers on-premise, they might overlook a small box or carrier.  These few minutes, or a few hours can make a difference to a badly wounded animal.


Always call the Wildlife Works office to let us know that you have an animal admission before you come to our facility.  Having someone ready to accept a wounded animal ensures that we can collect accurate information about the circumstances behind its injury, and to prepare an appropriate enclosure ahead of time. To best allow us time to prepare, we prefer to receive animal admissions between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Monetary donations made at the time of admission are deeply appreciated to us as a non-profit with no funding or sponsorship.


Please also note that Wildlife Works is NOT licensed to care for or accept rabies vector species, including raccoons, skunks, bats, coyotes, foxes, or groundhogs. We also do not admit fawns or adult deer.  If you find a wounded rabies vector animal, we can direct you to a different care facility, or you may consult the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators via http://pawr.com/.

Springtime Babies!

  • Baby opossum, eyes closed.
    Baby opossum, eyes closed.
  • Litter of opossums, learning to eat out of a bowl.
    Litter of opossums, learning to eat out of a bowl.
  • Litter of opossums enjoying the hammock in their new, big cage.
    Litter of opossums enjoying the hammock in their new, big cage.
  • A baby wood duck and companion feather duster.
    A baby wood duck and companion feather duster.
  • A peeping baby sparrow.
    A peeping baby sparrow.
  • A pair of downy baby screech owls.
    A pair of downy baby screech owls.
Baby opossum, eyes closed.
Baby opossum, eyes closed.

Shopping Using Amazon Smile!

When shopping through Amazon.com, please consider using the web address http://smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1719093. If you use this web address instead of the Amazon home page, Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to support Wildlife Works, Inc. at no extra cost to you. You may change or update your charity or nonprofit of choice any time that you login at smile.amazon.com; the above link simply helps you find us more easily.  Additional information can be found at Amazon Smile's FAQ webpage.  Thank you for supporting our mission.

Supplies Needed!

Wildlife Works, Inc is always in need of various supplies to keep our wildlings happy and healthy! Look on our Donations tab for the latest list of supplies that we are in need of, or click the wish list below to download a printable copy.

Amazon.com Wish List

Wildlife Works, Inc has created a wish list on Amazon.com that contains supplies that we are currently in need of.  Through this list, you can have your donated supplies shipped directly to us via Amazon.com! To see our wish list, click here!