How to Help


Donate

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.
  • If you prefer to go through PayPal here is the link to our page. We also have a GoFundMe through their PayPal’s giving fund.

Volunteer

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 in accordance to VDGIF/USFWS’s regulations.

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

Animal Care Volunteer Application (doc version)
Animal Care Volunteer Application (pdf version)

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, such as history and English, 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 that has helped them in their careers.

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 all possible, but we will take additional interns past that date if we are not full.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply and have a valid Virginia address (which can be your school address if you are from out of state) in accordance to VDGIF/USFWS’s regulations.

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

Internship Application (doc version)
Internship Application (pdf version)

Transporting Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Numerous times per year we have to transport patients from our facility to other facilities (and vice versa) for further care 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 to receive specialized care. If transportation is needed for such an animal we call our transporters in the area to see if they are available. Transporters help save lives that would otherwise be lost and bring animals in need to critical live-saving treatment.

There is no obligation to transport if you are unable to that day or at that time. We simply just put you on a call list and will contact you if we have a situation that fits what you’ve listed you.

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:

5985 Coleman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

1-540-798-9836

swvawildlifecenter@gmail.com