About Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke

Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke is a state and federally licensed rehabilitation facility that offers quality care and veterinary treatment to the animals of the greater Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Operating since 2000, directors Sabrina and  Lucky Garvin, members of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, have over 19 years experience. As such, they are well qualified to provide care tailored to the needs of a variety of species.

They are assisted by a staff of volunteers, interns, and veterinarian, Dr. Diane D’Orazio.  This facility specializes in native Virginia wildlife, with a strong emphasis on birds, which constitutes the majority of  the  1500+ cases admitted each year. Intakes  include raptors (owls, kestrels, hawks, etc), waterfowl (including herons, geese, ducks, and shorebirds), and migratory birds such as Chimney Swifts, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and more!

Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke utilizes the “soft release” technique, in which animals gradually acclimate to foraging methods before final release into the wild. In some cases, certain species are transferred to areas with a thriving population of that species with adequate resources. In others, animals take up residence in the wooded acres behind the facility.

Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke has a 501(c)3 status.   All donations are tax-deductible.

Mission: Conserving Virginia’s wildlife through rehabilitation and release while teaching care and respect of native species.


5985 Coleman Road
Roanoke VA 24018

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5985 Coleman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018