Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

Patient of the Week

Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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100th Patient of 2017 - Douglas Squirrel

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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This adult Douglas squirrel had a fight with another squirrel. He has a small wound on his head, but otherwise seems fine. Territory disputes are common for many species this time of year.
He is also our 100th Patient for 2017!! Since there have only been 66 days so far in the year - we are quite busy for the "slow" season. Baby Season is just around the corner, despite the snow that fell again today - we know babies are due to arrive any time now. Status - pending. 

Barred Owl with a broken beak

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 27, 2017
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This poor little owl was hit by a car near the entrance to the Boeing freeway. He came in on 2/13 and has trauma to both eyes, and a broken beak. Our vet, Dr. Lesanna Lahner was able to apply a small splint to hold the beak in position and allow it time to heal. He has a long recovery, but we are doing everything we can for him. Status - pending. 

Bunny X 2

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 20, 2017
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We don't normally share domestics as our highlighted patient. Our facility is a wildlife hospital/rehab center, but we do occasionally get a domestic rabbit, domestic duck, or other abandoned pet. While people know to not bring us dogs and cats, they are often not sure whether some animals are wild or domestic.
While the presenter did know these two were dumped pet bunnies, she did not know where else to go. Most of our staff actually have pet bunnies, so we have a soft spot for these guys.

Sadly, there were 3 and one was hit by a car and killed before these two were able to be picked up by a caring citizen.
We are calling them Butter and Scotch. One boy, one girl - and they are sweet and soft and probably very grateful to not be outside wet, scared, hungry, and facing a myriad of predators.

Today we had a call about another rabbit that was dumped and left behind when some people moved away. That one was going to another local shelter. Unfortunately, the shelters are always full of sad stories like these. PLEASE do NOT get any pet if you cannot commit to caring for it and giving it a forever home. As spring is around the corner, people often think of getting chicks and rabbits as pets - sadly, when people do not realize the work involved, the animals suffer.

We will be looking for a home for these two soon. If you are interested, you can send us an email at and we will be vetting potential adopters for these two cuties! Status - pending. 

Our Prep Kitchen

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 13, 2017
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We are deviating from our normal patient highlight to share our current "rehab" - well, it is a different 3 R's from our normal Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release. This is Refurbish, Renovation, Remodel.
We are very excited about our new kitchen in the medical clinic. This space is used heavily everyday. Food and formulas are prepared for a variety of diets. LOTS of dishes are washed and sanitized. The flooring was worn out. The cabinet were falling apart.
Thanks to a grant from Washington Fish and Wildlife we have been systematically replacing the flooring in the clinic. The kitchen is next and will be installed tomorrow. And Thank you to the Tulalip Tribes "Tulalip Cares" for granting us the money needed to replace our cabinets and sinks.
Our facility is not funded by the government. We are eligible for certain grants and we compete for that funding by submitting grant proposals whenever possible as appropriate. We are a non-profit charity and the primary day to day funding for our operations comes from supporters like you! It takes all of our Puget Sound community to support the rescue and rehabilitation of the wildlife we all love. Thank you for being there for the past 36 years. We look forward to 2017 Baby Season with a new kitchen!
Thank you to Scott for volunteering to install the new cabinets and saving us a lot of contractor fees. And thank you to our intern Katie for staying late and being extra hands to get this remodel done. 

Injured Rock Dove

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 06, 2017
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This little guy came from the Seattle area. He was found with string tangled around one foot. Sadly, the string had done permanent damage to two toes and cut off all circulation. He had no feeling in the toes and underwent surgery last week to have them amputated. He will be able to get around fine without them once the foot heals. For now, he is in our ICU area and recovering well.

We are one of the few centers in the area that routinely treat Rock Doves (pigeons). While many people may not like these birds and think of them as nuisances, they are really an interesting species. We enjoy their unique personalities and they can be quite sweet.

It is always sad when we get any animal in as a patient that was impacted by debris. So many animals get tangled in fishing line, kite or balloon strings, and a myriad of other things. It is our mission to help return these animals to the wild. While this little one will be released with a couple less toes, he can go on to live a wild and free life once more. Rescue, Rehab, Release....   Status: released. 

Northern Flying Squirrel

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 30, 2017
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This adult was found in someone's house, not acting quite right. We don't know how he ended up inside and he was disoriented and seemed to have some head trauma. He is being treated for parasites as well, but he is improving. Status - pending. 

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 23, 2017
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He arrived on 1/15 after being found with a cat inside someone's home. Luckily, he survived the cat and is improving.

We discovered some hair tangled around one foot, and believe that he has a coronoid fracture. It is really impossible to x-ray birds that are this small. We are hopefully that after some more cage rest and time, he can be released. Status - died. Sadly, this little guy passed away. We believe that the stress from the injury was too much for him. 

Adult Virginia Opossum

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 16, 2017
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She arrived on Saturday after being found in the road in Arlington. We believe she was hit by a car. Her front paws were bloody. She is doing well and nothing appears broken. She is a BIG girl.

People are often scared of these guys. They open their mouths and show off their teeth, but they also "freeze". Our Clinic Manager, Jessie, is holding this girl and the opossum is not moving.

We try to explain to people that they may look fierce, but they are actually scared. We LOVE opossums. They are amazing and eat ticks and other bugs, or dead things you may not want in your yard.

Their low body temperature keeps them from contracting most diseases. They do NOT carry rabies. They are North America's only marsupial and are NOT related to rats, they are actually related to kangaroos and koala bears! Status: died. Sadly, she passed away from her injuries. There was significant internal damage. 

Mourning Doves

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 09, 2017
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These two came in at different times from Camano Island. Each came in as young "babies" and were displaced or somehow orphaned. One was found in the road, but healthy and not hurt (arrived 10/1/16) - the other (arrived 9/5/16) had been attacked by a dog, but had no significant injuries. These guys will be spending the winter with us and each other. Status - pending. 

Anna's Hummingbird

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 02, 2017
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We had two featured last week as well, and they are both doing well. This latest hummingbird is in critical condition though.

She was found on the ground, stunned, and may have hit something. We don't see any obvious injuries and she was fluttering and using her wings well once she warmed up. She is however in respiratory distress and getting oxygen. We will have to see how she responds to medication and oxygen treatment.

As the temperatures continue to fall this week, small birds like these are likely to be found in torpor. (This is a way for them to reserve energy.) If you have feeders out for the birds, keep them clean and fresh. If you are able to hook up a heat lamp to an outside power source and leave it on, the birds will thank you! Status: died.