Wildlife rehabilitation is an important step taken to help and nurture orphaned or hurt wild animals. It helps bring them back to their original state, before being releasing back into the wild. Though there are multiple rehabilitation centers operate within Washington. The lack of a unifying association that would regulate the activities of these rehabilitation centers was felt.

Wildlife rehabilitation

This led to the formation of the Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association in 2003. Our nonprofit organization focuses on creating a network of similar rehabilitation centers and act as a networking or support system for them. We also provide educational resources and assistance to these centers and practitioners, to ensure that they can successfully carry out rehabilitation activities.

Principles that guide the WWRA


Identifying and encouraging constant improvement within the wildlife rehabilitation profession. WWRA’s guiding principle is to stay abreast with the latest updates and developments within this industry so that any changes can be implemented proactively. This organization hopes to be the face of wildlife rehabilitation efforts within Washington State.


Acting as the educational body that would disseminate important information through meetings, reports, symposiums, and published content, along with newsletters and web content. WWRA aims to offer guidance and support to the practitioners to help support them when dealing with difficult rehabilitation situations.


Identifying and promoting educational programs that will help the practitioners to carry out their responsibilities successfully. WWRA also identifies programs related to wildlife management and natural history that would help enhance the practitioners’ professional expertise.


Promoting cooperation between professional agencies and regulatory government agencies and help create a network of wildlife rehabilitation centers within Washington.WWRA aspires to become the unifying voice and representative of various Wildlife Rehabilitation centers within Washington State. It has been registered as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that focuses on rehabilitation, conservation, and protection of wild animals.