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:

  • Kroger Rewards: First, make sure you have a Kroger Plus card, if not you can sign-up 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
  • Walmart Spark Good: Support the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center every time you shop. Donate spare change by automatically rounding up your orders to the nearest dollar at checkout. Sign-up hereYou can also view our gift registry here too!
  • Newsletter: Sign up to receive our e-newsletter here.
  • Social Media: 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.
  • PayPal GivingFund: If you prefer to donate through PayPal here is the link to our page.
  • eBay for Charity: Do you know you can help your favorite charity (hopefully that is us!) while also selling your items online at the same time? Learn more about this easy process here.
  • Wish Lists

Come work for us!

Do you love animals,? Do you want to make the world a better place? Click HERE for an online application.


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 with Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR)/United States Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) regulations.

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

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 rehabbers, biologists, ecologists, educators, veterinary technicians, and more.  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 DWR/USFWS’s regulations.

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

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:

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