WILDLIFE RESCUE is an IRS approved non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife. Located in Friendsville, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, it is managed by PA-Game-Commission-licensed rehabilitator Carol Shilling and cares for all types of mammals, birds and fowl primarily within a six county area of northeastern Pennsylvania. Since its inception in January of 1993, a wide variety of native wildlife has been helped and released, mostly on the thirty-five acres of wooded and watered land which is dedicated to Wildlife Rescue. Although the numbers increase each year as more and more people are aware of the sanctuary, approximately 450 to 500 animals are treated yearly, with the greatest percentage of these being orphaned babies who would otherwise perish.
While the greater expense is in the rearing and housing of orphans (due to the cost of special formulae, possible medical costs, and required caging), being a sanctuary, there is a continuing feeding program as these ?babies? mature into adulthood. During harsh winters as well, feeding stations are maintained throughout the property to aid any and all wildlife. Wildlife Rescue is open to the public, although it is requested that an appointment be made if a tour is desired. The care of the animals always comes first and it is not always an opportune time to visit with our human friends. Free-of-charge off-site educational programs are also offered to any organization interested in learning more about our environment and the role wildlife plays in our world. In the past few years, we have given programs for various schools, camps, scout groups and associations. It is especially satisfying to take baby animals to a nursing home or senior day care center and see the delight on the faces of older, incapacitated people who can no longer experience our outdoor world. They - just as children - share a great delight in the sight of the wild creatures.