Wildlife Aid

Wildlife Aid

Charity information

Wildlife Aid

Wildlife Aid is a registered charity dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned British wildlife. Based in Leatherhead, Surrey, since its opening over 25 years ago the centre has grown to be one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals in the country, dealing with more than 20,000 incidents each year. With a success rate of returning animals to the wild of over 70%, it is also one of the most successful. Staffed by more than 180 volunteers, the charity’s overheads are kept to an absolute minimum to allow as much as possible of the donated money to go directly to the care of the animals.

Wildlife Aid is featured in the long-running TV series Wildlife SOS, which is now in its 10th year of broadcast. Airing daily on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet the 7th series of the show is due to be aired in Autumn 2007. Whilst the TV series has been an amazing platform for communicating to the public and raising awareness of the plight of British wildlife, it has not secured any funding for the charity – a fact which often surprises people who assume that in having its own TV show the charity must be very rich! This is unfortunately very far from the truth, and the charity does not benefit from this potentially lucrative income stream

Without the support of the public Wildlife Aid could not continue its vital work in protecting our national heritage. As the charity receives no government funding, and no corporate sponsorship, we rely entirely on the generosity of the public to raise the £822 it costs every day just to keep our doors open.