These are some of our most frequently asked questions here at The Wildlife Haven. We hope they help to answer any questions you have - if not, please feel free to get in touch!
Q - Why do you not display your address on the website?
A - On occasions there may be nobody at the centre to receive injured animals. We deliberately do not display our address on our website so as to encourage people to call us before they arrive. This also allows us time to prepare suitable equipment and accommodation for the wildlife casualty.
Q - Is The Wildlife Haven open to visitors?
A - No. The Wildlife Haven is not open to the public and does not allow visitors to view the animals in its care. We are not a sanctuary and as such we do not have domesticated wild animals to view. All the animals at The Wildlife Haven are either sick, injured or orphaned and do not benefit from the unnecessary stress of visitors. Please feel free to look around the website at our pictures.
Q - Do you take Work Experience/ D of E students for work placements?
A - No. As of September 2014 we no longer take work experience or Duke of Edinburgh students.
Q - Does The Wildlife Haven rehome domestic animals or domesticated wild animals?
A - The Wildlife Haven only takes wild animals, with the aim of re-release. We do not rehome dogs or cats. Please contact your local dog/cat shelter or the RSPCA.
We occasionally offer short term placements for exotic domestic species such as parrots and captive bred birds of prey. Please contact us for more information.
Q - Do you supply wild animals to film companies or television shows?
A - No. We disagree with wild animals being used for entertainment.
Q - Will you give a talk about wildlife at my school/club/group?
A - Yes. The Wildlife Haven will give tailored talks or debates about British wildlife, conservation and wildlife rehabilitation in the UK to any school, club or group within a reasonable distance from the centre. We can provide a projector and slideshow if required. Please contact us for more information.
(Please note - The Wildlife Haven cannot give talks in the summer months as this is the busiest time of year for wildlife casualties)
Q - Does The Wildlife Haven take foreign students as part of internship programs?
A - Unfortunately not. This is a question we are asked extremely frequently but with The Wildlife Haven being such a small centre, internships are not something we can offer at this time.
Q - Do you have any paid positions available?
A - No. The Wildlife Haven is run on a completely voluntary basis and we have no paid staff.
Q - Can I volunteer at The Wildlife Haven?
A - At the moment we have no vacancies for animal care volunteers. What we do need though are people to help with fundraising projects and admin. These are vital positions for the continuation of our work with ill, injured and orphaned wild animals.
We are also always looking for people willing to be volunteer drivers. The Wildlife Haven frequently receives calls from as far a field as Hull, Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds, Teesside, Skipton and Newcastle. We have a network of volunteer drivers who help us collect casualties from across the North East. If you are interested in joining please contact us.