How to Help


You can make a one time or recurring donation to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke on this site. Just click on large red button that says donate at top of the screen. Recurring donations can be edited or stopped at any time by logging in to your account.

We are always grateful and in need of public donations. SWVAWC of Roanoke provides the native animals the best possible foods, medicines, and living conditions. Our priority is to release healthy animals back into proper habitats.

You can also help by:

  • Donating items on our general wish list.
  • Purchasing specialty items off our Amazon Wishlist
  • Signing up for Amazon Smile here. Five percent of all purchases you make on Amazon will go toward our cause.
  • Enrolling to receive a Kroger Plus Card here. Once signed in, click on “Enroll Now.” Search for the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke or enter our NPO number, QU512
  • Sign up to receive our e-newsletter here.
  • Follow us on social media by clicking on the icons at the bottom left corner of this page.
  • Let your love live on by including the center in your estate planning. More information on how to do this can be found here.


Volunteers are an integral part of the rehabilitation process and we are always looking for dedicated and motivated people wanting to make a difference for our local wildlife. Typical animal care volunteer duties include feeding baby animals, cleaning cages, preparing food for patients, and assisting staff when needed.

We also love non-animal care volunteers to help answer phone calls, fundraising, creative types who can sew/crochet/etc special items we need, grounds-keeping, cage building/repair, and more! If you have a special talent or skill that you would like to donate we can probably find a use for it.

We welcome volunteers age 18 years or older.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the application, please email us, and if you are interested in non-animal care volunteer opportunities please email us at the same address.

Animal Care Volunteer Application

Internship Program

Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke offers hands on, flexible 12 week wildlife rehabilitation internships from April-September. Caring for animals is at the core of the internship with additional lessons in natural history, identification, human/wildlife conflict resolution, triage, handling, restraint, educational outreach, falconry techniques, wildlife veterinary medicine, and more!

Graduates of this internship have gone on to become veterinarians, park rangers, ornithologists, wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, ecologists, educators, veterinary technicians, and more and speak of this internship and experience highly. Even those who do not pursue wildlife-related fields have told us that this internship gave them new perspectives, knowledge, and awareness that they never would’ve obtained had it not been for this opportunity.

Position availability varies and they fill quickly. To have a high chance of receiving the internship we ask that prospective interns submit their applications before February 1st of that year if at allpossible. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.

If you are interested in a summer internship or have any questions about it or the application, please email us and/or fill out the intern application below.

Internship Application

Transport Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Numerous times per year we have to transport patients from our facility to other facilities or from a rescuer without transportation to our facility. Transporters help us provide rides for wildlife patients so they can get where they need to go. If transportation is needed for an animal we call out to transporters in the area to see if they are available.

There is no obligation to transport if you are unable to that day. Transporters help save lives that would otherwise be lost and bring animals in need to critical live-saving treatment.

Transporter Application

Protect Our Wildlife

Wild animals endure a constant struggle for survival. The following simple actions make life a lot easier for our native wildlife:

Bird feeders are much appreciated in the breeding season or when food is scarce. However, make sure to clean bird feeders regularly to prevent the spread of diseases like Salmonellosis.

Cats are non-native, insatiable hunters. The impact they have on birds is especially devastating.  Cat-inflicted injuries are difficult to treat. Keeping cats indoors, leash training them, or building an outdoor “catio” prevents harm to our native birds and protects cats from road mortality, disease (including parasites and rabies), injury, and poisoning.

If you’re into gardening, native plants with wildlife value provide food and habitat, and can also be quite aesthetically pleasing. Try pouring boiling water on weeds as an alternative to harmful herbicides, and use diatomaceous earth for insect control.

Prevent the spread of invasive species, which often out-compete native wildlife for food and habitat. Clean boats and fishing equipment to avoid spreading exotic plants and invertebrates to pristine ecosystems, spay or neuter your cat or dog, and don’t release pet reptiles, birds, or fish into the wild.

Establish bird houses or nest boxes to mitigate habitat loss due to suburban expansion. As an added bonus, you’ll attract bluebirds, chickadees, and other songbirds to your yard!

Recycle, and use recycled products for starters, this saves trees that many animals rely on for nesting and foraging.

5985 Coleman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018