We are lucky enough to have a very well equipped Hospital although a lot of our cages and aviaries are in need of updating and renewing. Financial constraints mean that any new building or replacement of old equipment etc has to be done bit by bit as the funds allow.
We are not open to the public due to the nature of the work that we do and the stress that would be involved to wildlife casualties. It would be very nice from a financial point of view to open up our doors and charge a fee for people to come and see what we do, but the health and welfare of the wildlife in our care is paramount and we will not jeopardise this for any reason.
Our Open Days give people their only opportunity to see behind the scenes at Vale. The date for Open Day 2017 will be advertised on our fundraising page.
You can however see pictures of various parts of the Hospital and read about our work throughout the website.
We have many plans for the future and we always have a long ‘Wish List’ of things we would like to buy or replace, with costs ranging from a few pounds for heat mats for example, all the way up to £350,000 for our Education and Training Centre which we have planning permission for but we need more funds before the project can be started.
Vale’s stance on permanent disability of wildlife casualties:
Wild animals should be in their natural environment and we do not believe that wildlife that is unable to survive back in the wild should be kept in permanent captivity. All wild animals suffer from varying degrees of stress when in close proximity to humans (we are seen as predators to them). In some species this stress can prove fatal. Although there is no alternative during the treatment and rehabilitation process, we are able to keep human contact to an absolute minimum while casualties are with us, but wildlife kept in permanent captivity, unable to carry out their normal, natural behaviour etc. are forced to endure unacceptable levels of fear and stress.
Quality of life must always be the most important consideration when dealing with wildlife.
In our opinion, a permanently disabled wild animal, unable to be released, has little or no quality of life in captivity.
It is therefore the policy of Vale Wildlife Hospital to humanely euthanase any wild animal that is not able to be released back into the wild.
This decision is never taken lightly and every effort is always made to get the animal fit enough for release, and it is only when we are certain that the casualty will never be able to fend for itself in the wild that this course of action is taken.
We always welcome donations of:
tinned pet food, kitchen roll, towels, blankets, washing-up liquid, envelopes, A4 paper & card, pens, marker pens, highlighters, washing powder, toilet roll (no, not for the animals!)
We hold a licence to release some non-indigenous species:
grey squirrels, muntjac deer and Canada geese can be released into certain counties.