The Wildlife Hospital team is staffed to care for animals in the hospital and relies on an elite team of volunteers to work as an emergency rescue and transport system for injured and orphaned wildlife.
As a Critter Courier, you will be “on call” to help capture and transport injured wildlife found in your area between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
We provide Critter Couriers with training to safely capture and transport different species of injured birds, mammals, and reptiles. The necessary rescue equipment will also be provided.
Once wildlife has recovered, Critter Couriers are often asked to release these animals as well! This is a perfect opportunity for those who want to help wildlife, but don’t necessarily have time to volunteer on a regular schedule.
Critter Courier volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Spend time in close quarters outdoors with captive wild animals. Assist rehabilitating wildlife that are housed in outside recovery enclosures at the von Arx Willdife Hospital.
No prior experience is necessary, but you must be physically fit, detail oriented, and an independent worker.
Work closely with von Arx Willdife Hospital team to care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife inside the Hospital.
Volunteers must have broad knowledge of animal behavior and diets and a willingness to work under close supervision. Various shifts are available.
Approximately 3,200 injured, sick and orphaned native animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital each year. Click the "Learn More" button below to get a better idea of how we treat them.
The von Arx Wildlife Hospital receives no government funding to support operating expenses. It is supported almost entirely by individuals who care. If you wish to contribute, please click to DONATE.
If you are unable to donate money and you would still like to help, please see our list of items that are always needed inside the von Arx Wildlife Hospital.
1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, Florida 34102
Monday - Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (ET)
239-262-0304 phone 239-262-0672 fax
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