Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association
Code of Ethics
A wildlife rehabilitator should…..
-Strive to achieve high standards of animal care through knowledge and an understanding of the field. Continuing efforts must be made to keep informed of current rehabilitation information, methods and regulations.
-Be responsible, conscientious, dedicated and should continuously work toward improving the quality of care given to wildlife in rehabilitation.
-Abide by local, state, provincial and federal laws concerning wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and associated activities.
-Establish safe work habits and conditions, abiding by current health and safety practices at all times.
-Acknowledge limitations and enlist the assistance of a veterinarian or other trained professional when appropriate.
-Respect other rehabilitators and persons in related fields, sharing skills and knowledge in the spirit of cooperation for the welfare of the animals.
-Place optimum animal care above personal gain.
-Strive to provide professional and humane care in all phases of wildlife rehabilitation, respecting the wildness and maintaining the dignity of each animal in life and in death.
-Encourage community support and involvement through volunteer training and public education. The common goals should be to promote a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment.
-Work on the basics of sound ecological principles, incorporating appropriate conservation ethics and an attitude of stewardship.
-Conduct all business and activities in a professional manner, with honesty, integrity, compassion, and commitment, realizing that an individual’s conduct reflects on the entire field of wildlife rehabilitation.
What is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Wildlife rehabilitation is the act of providing temporary care for injured, sick or orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Animals released back into the wild must have the ability to recognize and find appropriate foods, socialize with members of their own species, and exhibit normal behaviors such as fear of humans and predator avoidance.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issues licenses for wildlife rehabilitation to ensure that all persons engaged in wildlife rehabilitation are qualified and provide humane care and housing for wildlife being rehabilitated. The department's responsibility is to assess all applicants, and work with those who can provide proper care.
Persons agreeing to accept this responsibility must be willing to donate their own personal time, and assume the financial obligations that come with providing quality animal care.