New Hours at WCV

As the excessive heat of summer approaches we have decided to adjust our operating hours.

Effective July 1, 2018, the Center will be open from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM for receiving new patients.  (Office hours will remain 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.)

This early opening schedule will allow us to more effectively deal with the care and feeding of the animals in our care.  It will also be easier for our hard working rehabilitation personnel to begin their day by checking on the most critical patients and reviewing the priorities for the day.

Going forward we will be making other adjustments in procedures so that we can deliver an even better recovery rate for our patients. An example of this will be new guidelines on our website that will help with understanding what to do with injured animals until we can get there to lend a hand.

Your Wildlife Center is continuing to grow and adapt to create a new even more effective future for the wildlife in Southwest Florida.

Patient Status Updates

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Last year The Wildlife Center of Venice handled over 4,500 animals.  As you can imagine, dealing with the phones can be quite hectic.  In order to make sure that the phone lines are available for rescue calls, we are instituting a new policy for inquiries about the status of rescued wildlife.

In the best interest in the animal that needs help, please do not call the office to ask about the status of a patient.  Our website or our social media are not monitored for rescues, the best thing to to is to call WCV at (941) 484-9657  and leave a message if we don’t pick up.

Instead, if you want to check on the status of a patient, please send an email with details to and we will gladly get back to you as soon as we can.  Be sure to include your name, the date and location of the rescue and the type of animal.

WCV's Mission Statement: To protect and preserve Southwest Florida's native wildlife through educational outreach, and to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to their native habitat whenever possible.