Code of Ethics
wildlife rehabilitator should strive to achieve high standards of
animal care through knowledge and an understanding of the field.
Continuing efforts must be made to keep informed of current
rehabilitation information, methods, and regulations.
wildlife rehabilitator's attitude should be responsible,
conscientious, dedicated, and should continuously work toward
improving the quality of care given to wild animals undergoing
wildlife rehabilitator must abide by local, state, provincial and
federal laws concerning wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and
wildlife rehabilitator should establish safe work habits and
conditions, abiding by current health and safety practices at all
wildlife rehabilitator should acknowledge limitations and enlist the
assistance of a veterinarian or other trained professional when
wildlife rehabilitator should respect other rehabilitators and
persons in related fields, sharing skills and knowledge in the
spirit of cooperation for the welfare of the animals.
wildlife rehabilitator should place optimum animal care above
wildlife rehabilitator should strive to provide professional and
humane care in all phases of wildlife rehabilitation, respecting the
wildness and maintaining the dignity of each animal in life and in
death. Releasable animals should be maintained in a wild condition
and released as soon as appropriate. Non-releasable animals, which
are inappropriate for education, foster parenting, or captive
breeding, have a right to euthanasia.
wildlife rehabilitator should encourage community support and
involvement through volunteer training and public education. The
common goal should be to promote a responsible concern for living
beings and the welfare of the environment.
wildlife rehabilitator should work on the basis of sound ecological
principles, incorporating appropriate conservation ethics and an
attitude of stewardship.
wildlife rehabilitator should conduct all business and activities in
a professional manner, with honesty, integrity, compassion, and
commitment, realizing that individual's conduct reflects on the
entire field of wildlife rehabilitation.
provide humane, responsible, conscientious and dedicated care for
sick, injured, orphaned or at-risk wildlife in accordance with State
and Federal Laws concerning wildlife and the subsequent release of
health-viable animals into an appropriate habitat.
promote the role of Wildlife Rehabilitators as caring professionals
working in collaboration with veterinarians sharing expertise,
skills, training, knowledge, and new techniques.
promote continuing education for Wildlife Rehabilitators using a
basis of sound ecological principles, incorporating appropriate
conservation ethics, and an attitude of stewardship.
educate the Public about the role of Wildlife Rehabilitators, and to
encourage community support and public education, establishing as a
common goal the promotion of responsible concern for living beings
and the welfare of the environment.