Our Mission

Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit Wildlife Hospital & Education Center dedicated to the preservation of Long Island's wildlife & natural habitats through education & rehabilitation since 1982.


Our Center is located on the grounds of Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley, New York. Each year we accept over 2,000 patients to our Wildlife Hospital who are in need of our care. Our patients are comprised of a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, & amphibians native to Long Island.

Volunteers for Wildlife strives to educate the public about Long Island's native fauna and the importance of preserving these species along with their habitats. Through our education programs, we have been able to reach thousands of adults and children to foster a love and appreciation for Long Island's wildlife.

Our History

Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Sallie Rupert, Joyce DeGeorge, and Marilyn Forman. We were originally founded out of Sallie's home but after recognizing a need for a physical center we established our Hospital & Education Center on the property of the Nature Conservancy in Cold Spring Harbor. In 1992, we relocated to Caumsett State Park and in the fall of 2011, we moved to our current location at Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley.

Where Are We Now?

Since being founded in 1982, Volunteers for Wildlife has grown exponentially. Our staff, volunteers, patient admissions, and education programs continue to increase every year. Thanks to the generous support of the public, Volunteers for Wildlife will continue to evolve, heal injured wildlife, and educate the public about the unique ecosystem and wildlife of Long Island.

194-A Bayville Road Locust Valley, NY 11560

(516) 674-0982


Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization. Copies of our annual audited financial statements as well as annual IRS 990 and NY State CHAR500 reports can be accessed on the NYS Attorney General's Charity website http://www.charitiesnys.com.

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