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.


Volunteers are an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Typical volunteer duties include hand-feeding young birds, cleaning cages, preparing fruit plates, and moving animals. We welcome any volunteers age 18 and up. Volunteers are needed from 8 AM to 8 PM.

If you are interested in volunteering, call  540-798-9836 or email

Volunteer Application


Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke offers a summer animal care internship. Position availability varies; applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.

If you are interested in a summer internship email and read more about our internship experience here.

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 provide rides for the wildlife to and from our facility. If transportation is needed for an animal then we call out to our transporters who fit the area and time criteria and see if they are available.
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 birds and mammals:

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