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Cape Cod Wildlife Center Stories

Cape Wildlife Center to continue operations for extended period in streamlined form

November 11, 2016—Cape Wildlife Center will continue operations through March 1 due to a partnership between The Humane Society of the United States and The Pegasus Foundation. The extension will provide additional time for residents and other interested parties to develop a long-term plan to provide continued service to injured wildlife on the Cape. The Pegasus Foundation is an animal-welfare-oriented charity that is partially supported by long-time advocate and philanthropist Barbara Birdsey. Read more»

After Hurricane Irene: Day 4

November 2, 2016—Our Animal Rescue Team and field responders report the latest news about animals and people impacted by Hurricane Irene. Read more»

After Hurricane Irene: Day 5

November 2, 2016—Our Animal Rescue Team and field responders send their latest reports on efforts to aid animals in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Read more»

After Hurricane Irene: Day 3

November 2, 2016—Our field rescue and animal care staff report news about the impacts on animals three days after Hurricane Irene. Read more»

To the rescue: The Cape Wildlife Center cares for a baby woodchuck

October 26, 2016—A orphaned baby woodchuck (or chuckling) was rescued and taken to our Cape Wildlife Center, where she's being nursed back to health and will be taught how to live in the wild again. Read more»

How to Find a Wildlife Rehabilitator

October 26, 2016—Found an orphaned injured, or sick wild animal? Once you're sure the animal needs help, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator. Find a wildlife rehabilitator using our state-by-state listing. Read more»

Is That a Raccoon?

March 22, 2016—Sometimes raccoons are blamed for damage they don’t do (it may be your neighbor’s dog who’s rummaging in the trash). The first step to take is to make sure it’s a raccoon you’re dealing with. Read more»

As Sandy Approaches, the Cape Wildlife Center Battens Down Hatches

March 22, 2016—As Hurricane Sandy heads north, the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Mass., operated by The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals, is safeguarding the wildlife rehabilitation hospital to protect the facility and its wild patients against potential high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding during what AccuWeather is saying is an “extremely rare and dangerous storm.” Read more»

'Grate Escape' Saves a Life: Cape Wildlife Center Staff and Others Free Raccoon from Storm Grate

October 21, 2015—A raccoon receives assistance from helpful humans, including staff at the Cape Wildlife Center, after her head becomes stuck in a heavy storm grate. Read more»

River Otter Rescue: Cape Wildlife Center Returns Orphaned Otter to the Wild

August 10, 2015—Orphaned river otter pup brought to Cape Wildlife Center learns how to survive in the wild. Read more»

It's Not for the Birds: Feeding Ducks, Geese and Other Waterfowl Can Be Harmful to Their Health

February 18, 2015—A healthy diet for ducks, geese and other waterfowl includes insects, grasses and aquatic plants. Feeding them bread, crackers and popcorn does not provide them with the proper nutrients and may lead to a condition called angel wing. Read more»

Hurricane Irene: Aftermath, Day 2

November 24, 2014—The latest news from our field responders on the ground to assist animals in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Read more»

House Resolution in Support of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers Praised

October 8, 2014—The Humane Society of the United States praised the introduction of a Congressional resolution recognizing the important role experienced and accredited wildlife rehabilitation centers play in caring for native wildlife in communities across the country. Read more»

Statement of The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States in Response to the Multi-Party Settlement with Feld Entertainment

May 15, 2014—The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement in response to the settlement announced between Feld Entertainment (the owner of the Ringling Bros. circus) and 12 other parties. Read more»

New Species Arriving at Cape Wildlife Center

April 22, 2014—Strong winds, warmer temperatures, and other environmental factors are sending wildlife to Cape Wildlife Center who are from species rarely seen in the area. Read more»

Pool Saves Seabirds' Lives

March 30, 2014—A brand new pool that provides a constant stream of water is helping seabirds recover more quickly from injury. Cape Wildlife Center employs the lastest strategies for saving wildlife. Read more»

Winter Storm Hercules Threatens New England Wildlife

January 3, 2014—One of New England’s largest wildlife rehabilitation centers proactively worked to protect its patients during the first major snowstorm of 2014. Read more»

Lead Often Deadly for Wildlife

September 6, 2013—Lead poisoning, often from discarded ammunication or tainted prey, can be deadly to wildlife who ingest it. Cape Wildlife Center treats many wildlife with symptoms of lead poisoning warns against the use of lead. Read more»

Osprey Ensnared in Communications Tower - Rescued!

July 17, 2013—A juvenile osprey became caught in a 160-foot communications tower, and struggles for hours. Finally, he is rescued and Cape Wildlife Center is brought in to assist. Read more»

Glue Traps Cause Shocking Suffering

July 16, 2013—Cape Wildlife Center regularly treats animals that have encountered glue traps, a brutal but common form of pest control. Many are innocent infant wildlife who suffer greatly, and the Center encourages humane alternatives to help prevent this suffering. Read more»

Cape Wildlife Center Earns Accreditation from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

June 3, 2013—Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is honored to announce that Cape Wildlife Center has achieved GFAS Accreditation. The center is operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. Read more»

What to Do About Starlings

May 28, 2013—European starlings are widespread across North America. They eat a wide variety of foods and use a wide variety of places to nest and roost. Read more»

Orphaned Fishers Saved Just in Time

May 13, 2013—A trio of orphaned fishers, rarely seen in the wildlife rehabilitation community, is hand-reared at Cape Wildlife Center after their nest is destroyed. Read more»

Five Faces of Animal Care

April 3, 2013—A chimpanzee, two horses, a fisher, and a lion—five animals who found sanctuary at our care centers. Read more»

How Is The HSUS Affiliated with Your Local Humane Society?

April 3, 2013—For more than a half-century, The HSUS has stood as the nation's most important advocate for local humane societies. Additionally, The HSUS operates its own network of sanctuaries, providing care and homes to more animals than any other national animal protection organization in the United States. Here are some of the things that The HSUS provides local animal shelters Read more»