Dedicated to saving the lives of sick, orphaned, injured, displaced, and debilitated wild animals entrusted to our care so that they may be successfully returned to their native habitat.
To offer educational opportunities to encourage a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of each species, and the ecologic and conservation challenges they face.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center operates under state and federal permits that allow wildlife rehabilitation to occur. Our staff rehabilitators are licensed professionals and are permitted to treat both birds and mammals. We maintain professional memberships with the following associations and participate in continuing education opportunities to stay abreast of changing protocols and advances in wildlife rehabilitative care.
Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (WWRA)
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA)
International Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (IWRC)
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center is a 501(c)3 recognized non-profit organization and was established in 1981 in Everett, Washington, with a handful of patients from the local neighborhood. We have been caring for injured and orphaned animals for 40+ years.
About 6 years after the rehabilitation center opened it became necessary to secure a more spacious and appropriate location. Kaye Baxter, director and founder, personally purchased 5 acres just south of Arlington, Washington. This would give thousands of rehabilitating animals a second chance. With two ponds on the east side of the property secured for recovering deer and waterfowl, and the clinic, educational building, eagle flights, and a wide range of enclosures on the west half of the property, the land retains its rustic "out in the country" atmosphere.
Kaye Baxter passed away in 2008, but her vision and the mission of Sarvey Wildlife continues today.
Each year, approximately 3,000 patients arrive at the center for care. Our non-profit depends on individual donations from our supporters. We appreciate contributions to help with patient care when animals are brought to our center - but, NO animal is ever turned away if someone cannot donate.
We offer educational programs for schools and organizations using a number of our non-releasable birds of prey. We educate the audience about the natural history of these raptors and stress the importance of conservation. These animals give people a chance to connect to wildlife they might otherwise never see up-close and personal.
We accept orphaned and injured wildlife patients from Snohomish, King, Skagit, Pierce, and Island counties, but also see patients arrive from all over Washington state. Most of our patients are brought directly to our center for treatment by caring citizens. Occasionally, wild animals are trapped, or otherwise may be too dangerous for the general public to restrain and contain for transport. When this occurs, we depend on our team of volunteers and staff members to rescue these patients. We also work closely with other wildlife rehabilitators to ensure that we are providing the best care possible for the wildlife brought to us.
Our main goal is to provide food, shelter, and rehabilitation to orphaned and injured wildlife. This is just as comforting to the person who finds an animal in distress as it is to that animal. Having to leave an animal to die in pain and fear is incredibly disturbing, and having someone to turn to for help is a welcome relief. Our sole focus is Washington wildlife, and we accept all orphaned and injured wildlife from throughout the state.
As an organization we realize the answer to the multifaceted threats against our wildlife ultimately lies in education. Sarvey Wildlife provides programs for public and private schools as well as the general public and private organizations. The astounding growth in the number of animals we receive each year is a clear indication of the need for wildlife education.