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Our Mission

Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Through educational outreach the Center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourages the community to protect our delicate ecosystems.



Who We Are

The Wildlife Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that has been providing essential services to the state of Missouri since 1979. The Center's mission is to rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned native Missouri wildlife while educating the public about the critical roles wild animals play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Each year, the Center responds to over 20,000 requests for help and guidance with wildlife issues and concerns. When an animal needs help, we provide the medical treatment, expert care, and safe environment needed to give them the best chance to recover and return to the wild.


Throughout the year, up to 3,600 wild animals are admitted to the Center, with the highest intake peaking in May and June. During the busy “baby season,” the Center may be housing and treating more than 500 animals daily at our facility in Ballwin.

Services provided are concentrated in the Greater St. Louis region, where the Center fields requests for rescue and rehabilitation services from municipalities, first responders, government agencies, businesses, and individuals.

All operations are powered by charitable gifts and dedicated volunteers who contribute approximately 17,000 hours of service annually. The Center receives no local, state, or federal funding contributions, making the organization a truly community-driven essential resource for the public and the environment.

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