About Us

History of the Wildlife Center

The Wildlife Center of Florida was “born” on January 1, 2004.  It was the long-time joint dream of founders, Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader. It was officially incorporated in March and became a non-profit agency in July. WCV has all state and Federal permits to care for and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

The wildlife hospital, the heart of the center, is located on  5 acres of land in Venice, FL belonging to Linda Schrader. Several wildlife hutches, pre-existing animal barns, squirrel habitat, a songbird aviary, and a raccoon habitat round out the main facility. A pond serves as a water fowl rehabilitation area. The center’s secluded location is ideal for wildlife recuperation.


Contact Info:

The Wildlife Center Of Venice, Inc.  (501c3 Non-Profit)
3252 Border Road, Venice, FL 34292
(941) 484-9657   Daytime
(941) 416-4967   Emergency 

**Mailing address:  925 N. Jackson Road, Venice, FL  34292

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6 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sending someone out so quickly in response to my call earlier today to try and help an injured rabbit in my yard. tho we were not able to rescue the animal I appreciate the help in trying and that there is a place out there that exist like your center.
    Again, it’s greatly appreciated and thank you so much.

  2. We want to thank your guys for coming and saving our little owls on Boundary Blvd in Rotonda. They were born about 3 weeks ago and about 2 weeks ago the nest fell and they were on the ground for about 2 weeks. We are thankful nothing got them. Matt and Ted came to the rescue and put them back in the tree. One flew off, but the little one of the two is still up there. We check on her everyday around 3 to 4 times a day. I was told the video was posted on your site, but I am unable to locate it. Can you please let me know when it is posted and if I can get a copy of the video. I am willing to pay for it as is my neighbor. 2 copies please

  3. hi hi wildlife center, i dropped off some little baby opossums yesterday,, i hope they are ok,,i also put up a donation page on facebook and we have raised 270.00plus my private donation as well!!! i thank you for your work and dedication!!

  4. A sincere and huge thank you to Valerie & Stephanie for rescuing the wild duck in the waterway behind our house. The catch was a challenge, but the women were persistent and were able to catch the injuried duck. I was impressed with their compassion and sincere concern for the duck. I know the duck is now in good hands. Thanks again!

  5. You guys are fabulous! I called earlier about a crow with a broken wing that had fallen into the canal and was hanging on to the oysters on the side of the seawall. 2 wonderful volunteers came as soon as they could and were able to net the bird – I know I am making this up, but I could swear the bird let out a big sigh of relief once it was under the blanket and inside the cage they had brought along. I can’t thank you enough for doing the work you are doing!!

  6. I can’t say enough about this wonderful organization. I have called several times about injured animals, everything from a baby raccoon with a peanut butter jar stuck on it’s head to a very sick raccoon, possibly hit by a car. I called this morning. We had trapped a young raccoon, very sick. They were out within half an hour and took the little guy to nurse back to health. I am so grateful to them.

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At the Wildlife Center of Venice (501c3 Non-Profit), we are committed to the preservation, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in our local community.  We service all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties in the State of Florida. We work hard each day to uphold these values, but we need each and every one of you to help us in this noble cause.