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Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter Charity Profile
OWLS was established in 1988 in response to a need for a facility where all species of injured, sick, and orphaned native wild animals could be cared for in a compassionate and professional manner. In our first 13 years we admitted more than 16,000 patients.
We regularly care for a great variety of species, providing the specific diets, housing and medications needed by each. Our hospital facilities include an exam room, two nurseries, an ICU, radiology, surgery and lab. Because of these capabilities, our rate of release is among the best in the country.
OWLS has been designated by North Carolina as the wildlife center most capable of dealing with wildlife affected by an oil spill.
The shelter is open seven days a week; we answer thousands of calls each year from people with questions concerning wildlife in their area. We network with other groups across the country and outside our borders to exchange information concerning wildlife rahabilitation. Our staff and volunteers attend annual symposiums and trainings to stay current on wildlife medical procedure and health issues.
Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter Volunteer Information
Owls is staffed in large part by volunteers. Thesededicated people provide excellent care for their furred and feathered patients. Every year, many of them attend, at their own expense, conferences held all over the country to learn the latest techniques in wildlife care and to share their experiences with others in the field. Thus, methods of treatment are constantly being updated to the benefit of OWLS' patients.
Animal care volunteers must commit to work at least one 4-hour shift each week. Training is on the job, and volunteers can progress at their own pace through several levels of expertise.
Local veterinarians have given generously of their time and expertise with those procedures that are beyond the abilities of the shelter personnel, including complex surgeries.
In addition, many members of the public have helped over the years: businesses have donated material to turn a private residence into a wildlife hospital; homebuilders and veterinary students from N.C. State have built cages; and falconers' associations, scout troops, and other civic groups have helped in ways too numerous to mention.