Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I get follow up on a bird brought to SFWs?

  • Most people do not understand how busy we are.  Depending on the time of year, the shear number of birds needing care take up all the time.
  • SFWs is a one woman show with no, receptionist, secretary, accountant, maintenance department, runners, or fund raisers.  Linda does it all!
  • SFWs is a home based rehab center, which can only accommodate 2 volunteers (which we have).  However, the day to day activites are the full responsibility of one person.

How do I find out if bird survived?

  • You will be given a number (#) at the time you drop off a bird
  • You can text (no phone calls, please) five (5) days after drop off for a status or prognosis.  It takes up to 5 days for many symptoms to show, and depending on the condition of the bird, (such as, dehydrated or starvation), the bird may die in those first few days.
  • If you text prior to 5 days, your text will not be answered.  We need those 5 days to provide a good prognosis.
  • if you text several months from date of drop off, your text may not be answered as file may closed


Why do I only get one folow up?

Again, one person is responsible for day to day activities.  The National Wildlife Rehabilitation  Association did a survey a few years ago and found that full time, wildlife rehabbers, put in an average 37 1/4 hours every week.

  • During the peak season a single day in a rehabbers life could easily be 12-16 hours in a day
  • For a minimum of $160 donation, you can get 2 additional follow ups
  • Unfortunately without a donation, SFWs simply cannot provide additional follow ups

Why so strick with the rules?

Again, this is a non paying, full time job.   It is done because the rehabber has a deep connection  & deep passion for helping these birds survive.  The birds always come first.

There simply is not enough hours in the day to provide detailed follow ups to finders.

Why should I make a donation?

  • It costs $160 simply to take one bird in
  • Many birds are wintered over at the cost of about $90 a month (on the lean side)  in food per bird, that can add up to about $1,800 per month depending on the number of birds held over due to their injury
  • Most large rescue organization get the donations because  they can advertise and are well known.  Most home based rehabbers work on a shoe string budget, often paying for costs themselves
  • SFWs asks for a donation at the time a bird is dropped off.  We NEVER insist on one, and do not put a dollar amount on donation.  However, only about 10% of people give a donation .  The most common response to this is: people think it should be free as these are wild animals.  I understand this, however I ask the public to understand:  It is free to you but not free to me.

Do you ever not take in a bird?

  • Yes.  When there is no more room and we are at capacity.
  • SFWs NEVER turns down a bird if a donation is not made.
  • SFWs takes in between 100 and 130 birds annually
  • In the past 10 years, SFWs has successfully rehabilitated & released over 500 rators!

Help Our Cause

SFWs does not accept credit cards, however, you may donate through pay pal

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

What Happens to the Birds Once They Recover?

Birds are returned from where they came with only a few exceptions:

  • The area is dangerous to bird (such as, traffic flow, bird was poisoned or shot, etc)
  • Juveniles do not have a territory yet, so they are often relocated, as they will be run out of area by adult nesting pairs in the spring