WCA Code of Ethics

  • A 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.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator's attitude should be responsible, conscientious, dedicated, and should continuously work toward improving the quality of care given to wild animals undergoing rehabilitation.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator must abide by local, state, provincial and federal laws concerning wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and associated activities.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator should establish safe work habits and conditions, abiding by current health and safety practices at all times.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator should acknowledge limitations and enlist the assistance of a veterinarian or other trained professional when appropriate.
  • A 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.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator should place optimum animal care above personal gain.
  • A 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.
  • A 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.
  • A wildlife rehabilitator should work on the basis of sound ecological principles, incorporating appropriate conservation ethics and an attitude of stewardship.
  • A 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.

WCA Objectives

  • To 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.
  • To promote the role of Wildlife Rehabilitators as caring professionals working in collaboration with veterinarians sharing expertise, skills, training, knowledge, and new techniques.
  • To promote continuing education for Wildlife Rehabilitators using a basis of sound ecological principles, incorporating appropriate conservation ethics, and an attitude of stewardship.
  • To 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.

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