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
wildlife rehabilitator should be responsible, conscientious, and dedicated, and
should continuously work toward improving the quality of care given to wild
animals undergoing rehabilitation.
wildlife rehabilitator must abide by local, state, provincial and federal laws
concerning wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and associated activities.
wildlife rehabilitator should establish safe work habits and conditions,
abiding by current health and safety practices at all times.
wildlife rehabilitator should acknowledge limitations and enlist the assistance
of a veterinarian or other trained professional when appropriate.
wildlife rehabilitator should respect other rehabilitators and persons in
related fields, sharing skills and knowledge in the spirit of cooperation for
the welfare of animals.
wildlife rehabilitator should place optimum animal care above personal gain.
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.
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
wildlife rehabilitator should work on the basis of sound ecological principles,
incorporating appropriate conservation ethics and an attitude of stewardship.
wildlife rehabilitator should conduct all business and activities in a
professional manner, with honesty, integrity, compassion, and commitment,
realizing that an individual's conduct reflects on the entire field of wildlife