The Goal of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Friends of Wildlife is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer
organization dedicated to the emergency and extended care of orphaned
or injured Michigan wildlife. Our goal is to rehabilitate these
animals in a professional manner that allows them to return to their
natural habitat and continue their lives in the manner of that species,
independent of humans. We are licensed by and have a close working
relationship with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
In addition to wildlife rehabilitation, we are vitally interested
in education and the broader aspects of protecting and restoring
the natural habitat of the world we share. Friends of Wildlife endorses
the high standards set forth by the National Rehabilitators Association
and the International Rehabilitators Council.
Friends of Wildlife trained volunteers are covered under the organization's
license from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to rehabilitate
wildlife. Volunteers sometimes receive calls from people who have
found a wild animal and want to raise it themselves. It is better
that wildlife to be turned over to Friends of Wildlife volunteers
for several reasons: (1) It is illegal to possess any native Michigan
wild animal without a rehabilitator's license and permit. (2) Wild
animals that untrained people try to raise become too tame and lose
their self-protecting fear of people. This is called imprinting.
Imprinted wildlife allow predatory animals to get too close to them,
which often results in capture and death. The process of raising
young wildlife without imprinting is long and intensive. Our licensed
volunteers are trained in the correct procedure. If you find an
injured or orphaned wild animal, please do the best for the wildlife
and email Friends of Wildlife at friendsofwildlifeMI@gmail.com.