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Bi-State Wildlife Hotline, Inc.

New Volunteer Application

Due to the Coronavirus concerns, we have cancelled all in-person training classes for 2020.  We will offer online classes instead.  We are working to put together a comprehensive set of classes for online use as quickly as possible.  We still need new volunteers!  Coronavirus will not stop sick, injured and orphaned animals from coming in and as long as animals still need help, we'll still be here to help them. We have adapted some of our procedures to keep staff safe during this time, but otherwise it's still business as usual because most of us work from home anyway.

If you're quarantined, or just on lockdown right now, maybe it's the perfect time to learn more about native wildlife, and become part of a great team of animal lovers who rescue, rehab, and re-release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  If you would like to complete our online training, please fill out the application below to receive an invite.

Thank you! Welcome to our team!

We know that everyone who comes in as a new volunteer really wants to help with wild babies. We promise you, there will be babies - more than you know what to do with.  However, babies don't get here, and animals suffer if we don't answer our phones. Our phone system is tied to everyone's cell phones. You choose what hours and days you are willing to help out on phones, and we can program that.  We do REQUIRE that EVERY volunteer help with phone calls. This is imperative. When we don't answer the phone and it goes to voicemail, people do really stupid things, like giving the babies to someone else who leaves with the animal, or they feed bizarre things to the animal, or call another agency that just comes out to kill it. We MUST make phone calls a priority.

Please check the following box to verify that you understand that answering hotline phone calls is part of volunteering with Bi-State Wildlife and you agree to help with this task according to a schedule that you help set up and approve.

A HUGE part of our workload during the spring and summer is picking up animals from homeowners, business owners, etc. People are scared to touch it or unwilling to drive it anywhere. These people rarely donate. With a new volunteer, we add your home and work zip code to our locator map (only we can see it) and we would call or text you when something needs pick up near you. We can help you gather the equipment, but we are unable to purchase catch poles and nets, or buy your gas at this time.  Usually all you need to do pickup is a couple of towels, maybe some gloves, and a pet crate of some kind.

Obtaining a wildlife rehab permit from the state and rehabbing from home takes TIME. They require that you have letters of recommendation from organizations like ours, a veterinarian that accepts wildlife and vouches for you, and 3 years experience in the field. It's tough. However, we desperately need more rehabbers in BOTH states!! We would love to help anyone who is interested in getting a permit down the road. Just know that it's a time consuming process.

Please choose a region that is closest to you.  If you don't see a region that applies to you, either pick the closest region possible, or pick "Other, MO" or "Other, IL".