Happy Holidays!

COVID-19 Update

While it is currently our intention to stay open, it has become necessary to restrict admissions. 

Until further notice it will be necessary to periodically restrict admissions.  Small mammals, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and reptiles will continue to be accepted from Westmoreland County. 

Admissions will be accepted from other counties on a case-by-case basis.  In the event of limited staffing, these policies may have to be adjusted. 

It is imperative to schedule an appointment. We expect to see changes in staff and availability, possibly on a daily basis. As always, our goal is to give all patients the best possible care; in order to do so, we need to be prepared for their arrival and be sure we will be staffed to maintain that level of care.

  • Please Do Not Show Up Without an Appointment! You will be turned away.
  • Please contact the PA Game Commission at 724-238-9523 for other rehabbers in the area.
  • Please continue to check this page for updates on our status. 

Wildlife Rescue Rules

 If you see an animal that may be in distress, please refer to our Wildlife Rescue Rules before intervening. In many situations, it is actually better to leave the wildling alone! But if you do need to intervene, this resource also includes suggestions on how to handle wildlife situations.

Winter/Spring 2021 Newsletter

Generous Grant from  Avangrid 

For the fifth year, our friends at the Avangrid Foundation have awarded Wildlife Works a generous grant. The funds will be used to purchase medical equipment for our hospital room that will give us enhanced abilities for diagnostics in house. Quicker test results may allow treatment to begin sooner for some patients and will hopefully improve outcomes. We are so thankful to this wonderful organization for all their help these last years.

Admission Appointments

Making an appointment before you bring an admission to our facility is vital to the recovery of your wild animal friend!  As much as we wish that our facility could be staffed 24/7, our volunteers are only on-premise from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM at the latest; our office is staffed from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM Monday through Friday.  For the safety of every animal, and to improve our ability to administer care in a timely fashion, no wildlife admissions should ever be “dropped off” at our door.

Animals that are “dropped off” without our knowledge are susceptible to

  • Inclement weather: Rain, snow, extreme cold, or extreme heat and consequent dehydration.
  • Predation: A wounded animal in a box easily becomes a target for hungry predators.
  • Premature release: The animal could escape before we ever found it and had a chance to help.
  • Being accidentally ignored: Even if there are volunteers on-premise, they might overlook a small box or carrier.  These few minutes, or a few hours can make a difference to a badly wounded animal.

Always call the Wildlife Works office to let us know that you have an animal admission before you come to our facility.  Having someone ready to accept a wounded animal ensures that we can collect accurate information about the circumstances behind its injury, and to prepare an appropriate enclosure ahead of time. To best allow us time to prepare, we prefer to receive animal admissions between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Monetary donations made at the time of admission are deeply appreciated to us as a non-profit with no funding or sponsorship.

Please also note that Wildlife Works Youngwood is NOT licensed to care for or accept rabies vector species, including raccoons, skunks, bats, coyotes, foxes, or groundhogs. We also do not admit fawns or adult deer. Wildlife Works Mt. Pleasant IS licensed to take RVS.  If you find a wounded rabies vector animal, please contact Morgan Barron at 724-600-5102 or you may consult the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators via http://pawr.com/

Cute Fix!

  • Baby opossum, eyes closed.
    Baby opossum, eyes closed.
  • Litter of opossums, learning to eat out of a bowl.
    Litter of opossums, learning to eat out of a bowl.
  • Litter of opossums enjoying the hammock in their new, big cage.
    Litter of opossums enjoying the hammock in their new, big cage.
  • A baby wood duck and companion feather duster.
    A baby wood duck and companion feather duster.
  • A peeping baby sparrow.
    A peeping baby sparrow.
  • A pair of downy baby screech owls.
    A pair of downy baby screech owls.
Baby opossum, eyes closed.
Baby opossum, eyes closed.

Supplies Needed!

Wildlife Works, Inc is always in need of various supplies to keep our wildlings happy and healthy! Look on our Donations tab for the latest list of supplies that we are in need of, or click the wish list below to download a printable copy.