How we got started: The founder of WIN Emergency Response of PA. is a retired wildlife rehabilitator. Having had developed a telephone dispatch network for the rehabilitation center she worked for, and presented the idea to other rehabilitation centers, found that other centers did not have the time or personnel to develop one for their own. As a result PA. licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers do not have the staff to answer phone calls on a timely basis, and respond to wildlife emergencies. Wildlife In Need (W.I.N) Emergency Response of PA. was established in 2017 to provide a specialized service. Volunteers that are trained and permitted in Capture and Transport (C & T) will capture, contain and arrange for transport of injured, orphaned or sick wild animals that are unable to, or are too dangerous to, be captured by the public, and transport them to the rehabilitation center or veterinarian. Also, callers that have concerns regarding wild animals will be advised: to determine if the behavior of the animal is normal, and to leave it alone; to determine if it can be reunited with the parent or mate; to determine if the animal needs to be taken to a rehabilitation center, and the caller is able to contain it; or if the animal is not able to be contained by the caller, to dispatch a C & T permittee to rescue the animal. The goal is to eventually have a statewide centralized dispatch and response team.
Another goal is to reduce the number of phone calls that the wildlife rehabilitation center needs to respond to. Therefore giving the staff at the centers more time to work with the animal’s on-hand.
We need volunteers to accomplish our goal. If you are interested in helping. see Volunteer section.