What is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
It is the care of injured, sick or orphaned wildlife
by trained state-appointed volunteers with the goal of releasing that wildlife back
into the wild.
Who can Rehabilitate Wildlife?
In the state of Connecticut only those possessing a
state custodial permit are allowed to temporarily keep recuperating animals.
An additional federal permit is required to rehabilitate most wild birds.
How to Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator?
Submit a completed application form to the CT State Department
of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division.
a state-appointed rehabilitator for a minimum of 40 hours.
Complete and submit a Wildlife Rehabilitation Statement of Apprenticeship form. The Apprenticeship form is signed by the applicant and the sponsor, to account for the hours the applicant has spent with the state-appointed rehabilitator.
statement of veterinary support which affirms that you have a
veterinarian willing to advise and assist you and submit it with your completed application*.
Attend the DEEP
and CWRA training class.
Pass the DEEP certification exam.