Sharon Audubon Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic


The Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic at Sharon Audubon Center is a Connecticut state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility for birds, small mammals, and reptiles. Each year, Sharon Audubon Center admits hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife patients into the clinic, providing care and treatment with the ultimate goal of returning them to the wild as soon as possible.

The wildlife rehabilitation staff and volunteers are on duty at the center to answer wildlife questions and interface with the public. Please call 860-364-0520 for assistance. If the team is busy with a patient and unable to answer the phone, please leave a message, and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you should encounter injured or orphaned wildlife, here are some guidelines to review before you take action.

Sunny Kellner - Wildlife Rehabilitation and Outreach Specialist

Sunny Kellner is the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Outreach Specialist at Sharon Audubon Center. She conducts medical examinations of injured wildlife and works with local veterinarians to provide treatment to the animals. She also trains volunteers and travels with our resident birds and reptiles across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York to teach environmental education and conservation programs to thousands of school children each year.

Select here to learn about our resident animals

Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Connecticut

A person who wishes to treat and care for an injured wild animal in Connecticut must have a Connecticut Rehabilitator's License.

Some requirements include:

  • Acquiring an application from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
  • Applicants must:
    • be at least 18 years old
    • conduct 40 hours of volunteer work under a licensed rehabilitator
    • pass a written examination

Most rehabilitators provide their services on a volunteer basis and appreciate donations to fund their operations.

Please note: It is in the best interest of the animal that it be brought to a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible for adequate treatment and the greatest chance for survival and release.

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