Referral Directory


Individuals listed in this directory have the required permits to work with wildlife. MWRA provides this service solely for the benefits of its members and the public. It is not intended in any way to endorse anyone on this list.

When you contact a rehabilitator, you most likely will get an answering machine, particular during the very busy spring/summer season. Please be patient and they will call you back. It is up to the public to transport the animal to the rehabilitator, if at all possible.

Do not risk injury to yourself or the animal if you are unable or uncertain about handling it. Instead, give the exact location [e.g. “corner of Main Street and First Avenue” or “3 miles south on Mid-County Highway from Woodfield Rd.”] and approximate description [e.g. “found a large bird that I think is injured” or “found a small deer that I think is abandoned”] to the nearest rehabilitator. All rehabilitators will be too busy during the heavy season to leave and pick up an animal. In some cases, the local animal control will be able to pick it up.

Disclaimer: The MWRA is not responsible for the injury of anyone who chooses to handle wildlife that is being transported to a rehabilitator.


Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) @ 1-877-620-8367 Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Or go to DNR Nuisance Wildlife List to find a Wildlife Damage Control Cooperator.


If you cannot reach a local DNR office, check out the following Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators.

(Species handled is listed after each rehabilitator)

Anne Arundel County


Baltimore County

Amy Lynne
Ellicott City, MD
Opossums Only

Phoenix Wildlife Center, Inc.
Kathleen Woods
Northern Baltimore County
Raptors, Songbirds, Small Mammals, Bald Eagle Permit

Howard County

Amy Lynne
Ellicott City, MD
Opossums Only

All Creatures Great and Small
Judy Holzman
Columbia, MD
Birds and Mammals, No RVS

Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary
Colleen Layton-Robbins
Woodstock, MD
Migratory Birds, Mammals, Fawns

Montgomery County

Second Chance Wildlife Center
Kathleen Handley
Gaithersburg, MD
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Bats

Rhonda Giles
Silver Spring, MD
Squirrels, Groundhogs

Lee Prouty
Rockville, MD
Waterfowl Conflict Issues & Rescues

Owl Moon Raptor Center
Suzanne Shoemaker
Boyds, MD
301-353-8947 (Leave messages here)
301-908-7249 (Cell)
Raptors only

St. Marys County

Back To The Wild Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Mary Martin
California, MD
240-298-6324 or
Rabies Vector Species

Washington County

Barbara & Michael Main
Clear Spring, MD
Fawns, Small Mammals, Birds, Bats

Washington D.C.

City Wildlife
Anne Lewis
Washington, D.C.
Small Mammals, Birds, Reptiles



Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline   1-800-628-9944

Report all sightings & strandings to the hotline.


We are currently not able to provide contact information for a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife rehabilitation center in the following Counties:  (for assistance, please contact Maryland DNR toll-free @ 1-877-8DNR (8367) (Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)


Alleghany                  Dorchester             Somerset

Baltimore City         Frederick                Talbot

Calvert                       Garrett                     Wicomico

Caroline                    Harford                    Worcester

Carroll                       Kent

Cecil                           Prince Georges

Charles                      Queen Anne’s