Injured or orphaned wildlife?
Contact a wildlife rehabilitator near you:
|Androscoggin||Jennifer Galloway||377 Bishop Hill Road Leeds, ME 04263||524-2071||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit. Limited to mammals, but will transport birds.|
|Cumberland||Karen Hawkins||963 South High Street Bridgton, ME 04009||647-3734||Same as Mailing Address||All wildlife. No birds. Cedar shingled farmhouse on right side of road, bottom of small hill. 2.5 miles from Rt. 107 or Rt. 117 toward Denmark. Does not transport.|
|Cumberland||Martha (Kappy) Sprenger||P.O. Box 187 Bridgton, ME 04009||647-5593||253 Highland Road, Fire Lane 137 Bridgton ME||Has Federal Permit. Specializes in fish eating birds and chicks. Accepts all birds and mammals. 1.2 miles from Rte. 302.|
|Cumberland||Curt Johnson||56 Game Farm Road Gray ME 04039||657-4977||Same as Mailing Address|
|Cumberland||Pamela Richardson||6 Worcester Dr Raymond ME 04071||428-3348 or 838-8967||Same as Mailing Address||Aquatic mammals, small mammals and reptiles. No Federal Permit|
|Cumberland||Kristine Beaudoin||20 Longhill Road Sebago ME 04029||807-1986||Same as Mailing Address||No federal permit.|
|Cumberland||David & Joshua Sparks||46 Rousseau Road Windham ME 04062||892-8905||Same as Mailing Address||Has federal permit. All birds. One half mile from the River Road on Windham/Westbrook line.|
|Cumberland York||Kathleen Darling||272-2261||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit
Raccoons and squirrels only.
|Franklin||Dawn Brown||90 Mountain Rd New Sharon ME 04955||778-2902||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit. Small and large mammals. 90 Mountain Rd. on Rome/New Sharon town line. Specific Species: Black bear-cub and yearling rehab, research and release. Three acre pen with monitoring camera system in place. Immediate care bear building.|
|Hancock||Stanley Richmond||PO Box 485 Ellsworth ME 04605||667-3595 or 667-8460||Bar Harbor Road Ellsworth||Has Federal Permit. Migratory birds, no mammals. Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, on the Bar Harbor Road, past the Maine Coast Mall.|
|Hancock||Ann Rivers||PO Box 207 Mount Desert ME 04660||288-4960||Kitteridge Brook Road Mount Desert||Has Federal Permit. Acadia Wildlife Foundation is located three miles south of Town Hill Center. Care for all birds (including turkeys), turtles, and all small mammals except raccoons. Specialize in bats; large mammals (moose and deer); have facilities for species requiring water.|
|Hancock||Heather Grierson||P.O. Box 84 Mt. Desert ME 04660||667-3244||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. All mammals with the exception of raccoons, and some birds.|
|Kennebec||Don & Carleen Cote||1787 North Belfast Ave Vassalboro ME 04989||445-4326||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. Birds, mammals, turtles, raccoons. Adjacent to Three- Mile Pond rest area/boat launch. Gray house & garage.|
|Kennebec||William Portela||36 Greeley Road Windsor ME 04363||549-3495||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit. All animals. On Greeley Rd. off Rt. 105 in Windsor, 2.3 miles East of Hussey's Store (Maple Lane Farm).|
|Knox||Margo B. Maloney D.V.M.||22 Atlantic Highway Thomaston ME 04861||557-5669||mobile triage unit|
|Lincon||Mary (Betsy) Pratt||434 Pension Ridge Road Boothbay ME 04537||633-3617 or 882-9677||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit - Rt. 27 Boothbay to Hardwick Road. At the end of Hardwick take right onto Pension Ridge, go 1 1/2 miles. Tan ranch house on left. Will do small mammals.|
|Lincon||Bridget Green||PO Box 88, 605 Bath Road Wiscasset ME 04578||882-7951 or 631-0874||Fire Road 608||No Federal Permit. Small mammals, raccoons. No birds. Approx. 2 miles from downtown. Follow Rt. 1 South behind Green's gas station. Gray home back in the woods.|
|Lincon||Anna Hunt||485 Chewonki Neck Road Wiscasset ME 04578||882-7323||Chewonki Foundation. Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit|
|Other||Cathie Gregg||PO Box 97 Madison NH 03849||603-367-9453||Elaine Connors Center for Wildlife Route 41 on Silver Lake||Has Federal Permit. Turn at Elaine Connors Center for Wildlife sign.|
|Other||Lisa Smith||170 Possum Hollow Road Newark DE 19711||302-737-9543||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. Aquatic birds, sea birds, small aquatic & terrestrial mammals. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.|
|Oxford||MelodyEcho Thurlow||337 Shedd Road Norway ME 04268||527-2310||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit Small mammals only.|
|Oxford||Katrina Carstensen||47 Mountain View Drive Otisfield ME 04270||583-2105||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. Can rehab deer. Small and medium sized mammals|
|Oxford||Matthew E Holden D.V.M.||136 Western Avenue South Paris ME 04281||743-9271||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. Oxford Hills Veterinary Hospital - Full Service Veterinary Hospital.|
|Penobscot||Deborah Joslyn||88 Stagecoach Road Alton ME 04468||385-6943||Small animals; no birds or reptiles.|
|Penobscot||William Arthurs Jr.||2762 Lee Road Lee ME 04455||403-0921||Same as Mailing Address||Has 3 buildings, and is set up for anything with fur. Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge.|
|Penobscot||Wendy Stevens||P.O. Box 42 Springfield ME 04487||290-0267 or 731-1192||15 Bunny Lane Springfield, ME 04487||Small mammals including raccoons, skunks, fox, squirrels & chipmunks.|
|Sagadahoc||Deborah L Bryan||49 Deer Run Road Bowdoin ME 04287||607-0110||Same as Mailing Address||No federal permit. Small and large mammals. Take left on 201 North to Rt. 125 East, go past Lewis Hill Road, go up small hill, Deer Run Road is first paved road on the left. Home is fourth driveway on right #49.|
|Somerset||Colleen Mercier||229 River Road North Anson ME 04958||431-7874||568 Moulton Road, Embden||No federal permit. Small mammals only - no bigger than raccoon.|
|Waldo||Laura Graham||418 N. Palermo Road Freedom ME 04941||382-6761||Avian Haven 418 N. Palermo Road Freedom, ME 04941||Avian Haven has a Federal Permit.|
|Waldo||Diane Winn||418 N. Palermo Road Freedom ME 04941||382-6761||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. All birds including turkeys and reptiles. Has several flight cages. No mammals. Avian Haven is located on Palermo Rd. in Freedom. 1.5 miles north from S. Freedom Rd. or 2 miles south from Rt. 137. Gray-green cape.|
|Waldo||Marc Payne||418 N. Palermo Road Freedom ME 04941||382-6761||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. All birds including turkeys and reptiles. No mammals. Avian Haven is located on Palermo Rd. in Freedom. 1.5 miles north from S. Freedom Rd. or 2 miles south from Rte 137. Gray-green cape.|
|Waldo||Chelsea Vosburgh||591 Albion Road Unity ME 04988||772-618-5147||Same as Mailing Address||Bats and will triage and transport other small mammals.|
|York||Patrick Dennis||P.O. Box 620 Cape Neddick ME 03902||361-1400||The Center for Wildlife 385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902|
|York||Sara Kern||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||361-1400||Same as Mailing Address||Sarah will care for animals exclusively at The Center for Wildlife.|
|York||Kristen Lamb||P.O. Box 620 Cape Neddick ME 03902||361-1400||The Center for Wildlife 385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902|
|York||Diana Dumais||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||361-1400||The Center for Wildlife 385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902|
|York||Bethany Brown||238 River Road Limington ME 04049||702-1405||Same as Mailing Address||medium mammals (porcupine, raccoons, fox, etc.) and reptiles.|
|York||Courtney Johnson||P.O. Box 503 Sanford ME 04073||239-8440||The Center for Wildlife 385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902||no federal permit|
|York||Annie Huyler||252 Haines Meadow Road||(413) 320-7431||Buxton, Maine||No Federal permit. Small mammals only.|
|Cumberland||Rachel Parsons||623 Meadow Road Hampden, ME 04444||207-838-0268||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit. Small and medium mammals.|
|Kennebec||Peter Davis D.V.M.||220 Western Avenue Augusta, ME 04330||207-622-6181||Same as Mailing Address||Has Federal Permit. Full service veterinary hospital available for initial care and subsequent transfer.|
|Piscataquis||Joan Kilroy||1 Seaver Street East Taunton, MA 02718||1 Mudd Road Medford, ME 04463||No Federal Permit No more than 12 small mammals.|
|Waldo||Kimberly A. Chavez||418 North Palermo Road Freedom, ME 04941||207-382-6761||Avian Haven 418 North Palermo Road Freedom, ME 04941||Avian Haven does have a federal permit.|
|Waldo||Shantelle Spanswick||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902||207-361-1400||The Center for Wildlife 385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick, ME 03902|
|Waldo||Sandra Stone||240 Swanville Road Frankfort, ME 04438||207-223-4213 or 207-592-9000||Same as Mailing Address||No Federal Permit All mammals, no birds. Green barn on the Swanville Road about two miles from Swan Lake Park towards Frankfort.|
|York||Katie Brodeur||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||207-361-1400||Same as Mailing Address||Katie will care for animals exclusively at the Wildlife Center.|
|York||Michele Chabot||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||207-361-1400||Same as Mailing Address||Michele will care for the animals exclusively at The Center for Wildlife.|
|York||Karyn Lesinski||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||207-361-1400||Same as Mailing Address|
|York||Addie Miller||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||207-361-1400||Same as Mailing Address||Addie will care for animals exclusively at the Wildlife Center.|
|York||Elizabeth Peck||385 Mountain Road Cape Neddick ME 03902||207-361-1400||Same as Mailing Address||Elizabeth will care for animals exclusively at the Wildlife Center.|
|Androscoggin||Jennifer Marchigiani||850 Garfield Road, Auburn, ME 04210||207-212-1039||Same as Mailing Address||NO FEDERAL PERMIT Small mammals and pats. Prefers orphaned young over injured wildlife. Will transport.|
|York||Alaina LeBlanc||141 High Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043||207-251-0443||Same as Mailing Address|
Wildlife rehabilitator's are licensed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to accept wild animals for rehabilitation purposes. Find a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.
Interested in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator?
To rehabilitate wildlife, you must hold a valid State of Maine Wildlife Rehabilitator's Permit. To obtain this permit, you must complete an application, demonstrate a minimum level of competency by earning >80% on an exam, and meet several requirements as explained in materials contained in the following links. A [federal rehabilitator's permit](FederalRehabilitationPermit.docx) is required if you wish to rehabilitate species governed by federal regulations, such as migratory birds and threatened or endangered species.
First: Please review the reading entitled Wildlife Rehabilitation, Is It For You? (PDF) This was developed by the Wildlife Rehabilitator Recruiting Project and does a great job explaining the rigors involved in rehabilitating wildlife. It also points out some significant issues for you to consider prior to becoming a rehabilitator. Please consider this material carefully so that you can effectively evaluate your level of interest in obtaining a wildlife rehabilitation permit.
Second: If after reviewing the reading you decide to apply for a permit, please read the Application Process detailed below
Wildlife Rehabilitation Application Process
To begin the application process, you will need to complete the standard application form (PDF) and submit it to: The Wildlife Division, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333, Phone: (207) 287-5252, FAX: (207) 287-6395.
Upon receipt of your completed application, you are eligible to take the exam and submit the required materials. Please review the process as outlined below and call or email James Connolly, Wildlife Division Director, (207-287-5259), if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Outline of the application process
- Learn and understand the materials presented in the Study Guide (PDF) to ensure that your knowledge of wildlife biology and ecology, and wildlife rehabilitation practice, policy and procedures is sufficient for obtaining a permit.
- Use the Exam Booklet (PDF) to familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked on the written exam and to gauge whether you are prepared to achieve the minimum passing score of 80%. It is a good idea to understand correct responses to all of the questions in this booklet prior to taking the exam, as the 100 questions on your exam will be drawn from this test bank.
- Understand and be willing to abide by the State Regulations (Word) concerning wildlife rehabilitation, and the Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation (PDF), which presents the minimum housing guidelines for animals in your care as a rehabilitator. Understanding the entire publication is required, as adherence to these standards is required by the State of Maine for ALL rehabilitation activities.
- Gather supporting materials/documentation requested on the Requirements Checklist (PDF), Veterinary support form (PDF), Facilities Information Sheet (PDF).
- When you feel adequately prepared and the requirements presented on the checklist have been met, schedule an appointment to take the exam with the clerical staff, Warden, or Regional Biologist at the MDIFW office in your area. If you have difficulty arranging this, please contact me. Please submit your supporting materials at the time of your exam. A permit will not be issued until these have been received and reviewed.
- Your exam and supporting materials will be sent to Augusta and graded/reviewed by the Wildlife Division Director.
- Successful completion of the written exam (score >80%) and adequate supporting materials will result in issuance of a State of Maine Wildlife Rehabilitators Permit. The permit is valid for two years and will be automatically renewed if you abide by the regulations governing the permit and submit an annual report by January 31 of each year.
- A phone conversation will accompany the issuance of all rehabilitation permits to discuss issues that are relevant to each individual applicant, with the intent of providing you resources and filling knowledge or informational gaps.
- With your permit, you will receive a list of all rehabilitators in your area. We encourage you to communicate regularly with them and rely on them for guidance.
Thank you for your willingness to follow this procedure. It has been designed with input from wildlife rehabilitators in Maine to ensure ethical and professional treatment of wildlife and to ensure the effectiveness of Maine's wildlife rehabilitation program. If you need special consideration or assistance in order to accomplish this process, please contact James Connolly, Wildlife Division Director, (207-287-5259), so we can discuss a strategy for your success.