The Wildlife Center of Virginia cares for thousands of animals each year, including about two dozen permanent animal residents whose injuries or behavioral modifications mean they cannot be returned to the wild.
To help support the Wildlife Center by adopting one, or more, of these wonderful ambassador animals, you can:
Meet our education animals and choose which one — or ones — you’d like to adopt.
A full-year Caring for Critters sponsorship is $50. Academic-year sponsorships are available to teachers and classrooms for $35 [generally a nine-month sponsorship] (see below).
Ordering for Valentines Day? Your purchase before February 9th with ship in time for Valentine's Day with:
- A homemade Valentine's card to your beloved
- A Valentine's picture of the animal you have chosen
Your Caring for Critters donation helps provide food, shelter, and medical care for the sponsored animal; supports the Center’s educational outreach programs; and helps provide state-of-the-art emergency care to thousands of animals admitted to the Wildlife Center each year.
Caring for Critters also makes a unique and memorable gift — for a child, student, teacher, friend, family member, or for yourself!
As a Caring for Critters sponsor, you, or your gift recipient, will receive a special Caring for Critters sponsorship packet, including:
- A beautiful photo of the sponsored ambassador;
- The story of that ambassador – how they came to live at the Center;
- Detailed natural history of the ambassador’s species;
- A personalized certificate of adoption.
And, throughout the length of the sponsorship period, you’ll receive occasional email updates about your sponsored animal(s).
Caring for Bears
You can also become a "Bear Care" sponsor! Each year, the Center admits numerous Black Bears, most of which are cubs. These long-term patients require a lot of resources since they typically stay at the Wildlife Center for about a year prior to release. "Bear Care" sponsors will help support the Center’s care of bears that we admit during the year.
Caring for Critters sponsorships can be wonderful educational tools for classrooms. Teachers can incorporate the education animal’s story into art, math, science, and writing lessons. In addition to the Caring for Critters sponsorship packet and email updates, teachers will receive email alerts for Critter Cam events. The outreach department is happy to provide additional education animal information [e.g., weights, additional photos, information on enclosures] for classroom use upon request. Some caring individuals are willing to underwrite the cost of a Caring for Critters sponsorship for a classroom. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.