Brevard County WILDLIFE EMERGENCY: 321-821-7881

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Our Mission

To provide a safe and compassionate emergency first response service for wildlife in need of urgent medical attention.

Due to the ever-increasing population and urbanization in the state of Florida, conflicts between people and wildlife are both inevitable and commonplace. Those conflicts; often resulting in life or death situations for the affected wildlife, require a rapid response by trained wildlife professionals. After recognizing the constant and increasing need for wildlife transportation and rescue, Heather Pepe Dillon and Matthew Buice Co-Founded WILD Florida Rescue, registered as a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation.

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We Need Your Help!

WFR operates on the generosity of our community.

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You are helping WFR rescue wildlife in need of an emergency rescue and provide first aid and care while transporting to veterinarians and rehabilitators

Services

Capture

We aim to utilize the latest methods and tools necessary to minimize stress and reduce the chances of further injury during animal rescues.

Transport

Our company is founded on the idea that a rapid pick-up and drop-off offers the greatest chance of survival for the sick and wounded.

Our 24 hour service means no animal is left to suffer.

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21 hours ago

WILD Florida Rescue

This little one was orphaned when mama was hit by a car 💔
Thankfully Jason with Squirrel Angel took him in and gave a second chance ❤️🦝
Please always watch for wildlife when driving ⚠️
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With some tough rescues going we thought we'd try giving you a smile, Somewhere between age 40 and 50 I must have gotten the known sea turtle condition called bubble butt because though a once excellent diver, now trying to go down 10 ft for a softshell turtle in a pool i just couldnt seem to submerge! My butt just kept floating me to the top!!!!😲🤣 Ok well the whole thing might not have been pretty #gettingoldercanbetough BUT got the turtle and got her home...mission complete!!! Thats what matters right? 🙆‍♀️🐢 #stillgettingitdone!!🤷‍♀️💜
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
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This black racer was brought in by WILD Florida Rescue after being found caught in a net. Luckily the Brevard Zoo vet team decided to help us out by stitching up its wounds. This lovely snake will heal up at the hospital and soon be able to race on their way. 😁 ...

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5 days ago

Technomadia

Meet 'Pointy' our new Pelican friend who we had the honor of helping out.

We're out on a van trip with a lovely waterfront site along the ICW at Long Point Campground. We noticed this guy hanging around our site.. much longer than a pelican usually is around.

We then noticed he had something hanging from his wing, and he couldn't extend his wing very far. He ended up swimming over and coming right up to our site for the rest of the afternoon. Upon a closer look, it was definitely fishing line and a weight at least.

Unsure what to do, we contacted both the WILD Florida Rescue and the park ranger. Wildlife rescue couldn't make it out that night, but gave us some tips on how lure and capture a pelican (uh... us?).

Ranger said she'd be over after her shift was done at the front office and help. So we sat with the pelican, perched out on the rocks, for a while. We just couldn't picture how we were going to safely capture the pelican on those rocks.

And then the pelican swims off - and we happen to capture the attention of a paddler rowing by. We were able to explain what was happening, and he said 'I'm not an expert, but I can keep up with the pelican so we know where he is for when the ranger gets here.'

He was able to not only keep up with the bird, but managed to corral it back on shore a few sites down with a sandy beach. Looks like we're doing this on our own!

We grabbed a towel, wire cutters and a flip flop (apparently if you toss a pelican a flip flop it might think it is a fish and will come to you).

Our paddling friend, Erik, got the bird on shore amongst the mangroves, fell over in his boat and together we were able to capture. We relayed the advice the rescue folks had given us - you want to hold the beak so it doesn't damage you or itself, but place a finger in-between so it can breathe.

We got the pelican on shore, and Chris went to work cutting lots of fishing line away. Pointy was amazingly calm.

Once we released the bird, it waddled back into the water while trying out its new freed wing and swam away. When we got back to our site, it was sitting on the point in front of our site again - as if to say thank you. He stayed there until the ranger showed up and we shared the story, and then swam away.. and we heard a pelican fly over shortly thereafter.

We hope our bird friend is ok. It certainly felt good to at least try to help. And we're so thrilled to encounter others so willing to jump in and help out a creature in need along with us.

What a night we won't ever forget!

And the Wild Florida Rescue folks were in constant TXT chat with us, giving us the confidence to do this right. Which is why we're asking for donations to support their cause. They're wonderful people doing awesome things in the world.
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Leah had her first day on Tuesday with WFR but she isnt new to rescue, she is a Cocoa Firefighter!! A few recaps of her long day and 3 hours past her shift. Welcome Leah and Thank You! It is an honor for us to have you! Leah also shared that she became interested when she heard of WFR Jess's rescue at her Fire Station 😊🤝🚒🚑 ...

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Together, we can can protect the incredibly diverse wildlife that calls Florida home.


 

WILD Florida Rescue mailing address

1270 N. Wickham Road
Suite 16#218

Melbourne, Florida, 32935-8301

Please Note: We do not receive animal drop-offs at this address.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR WILD Florida Rescue Corp., A FLORIDA NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NUMBER: CH52014), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING THEIR WEBSITE HERE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.