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.
Our Open Day is normally held on the first or second Sunday in June.
You can however see pictures of various parts of the Hospital and read about
what goes on by clicking the links on the left.
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
£400,000 for our Education and Training Centre which was granted planning permission over
three years ago.
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, other animals, unable to carry out their normal, natural behaviour etc. and 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.