Wildlife Rescue League

aka WRL   |   Falls Church, VA   |  www.wildliferescueleague.org

Mission

Wildlife Rescue League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Northern Virginia whose mission is to support the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife and, through education, to foster the appreciation of our wild neighbors. WRL operates a wildlife helpline in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas and provides advice and referrals to permitted wildlife rehabilitators to get animals the help they need for a second chance at life. WRL also educates the public about native wildlife and peaceful coexistence; thereby minimizing the need for rehabilitation efforts. We provide brochures, educational material, classes and educational programs upon request. If you find an animal in need of assistance, call WRL's Wildlife Helpline at (703) 440-0800 for advice.

Ruling year info

1985

Acting and Vice President, Treasurer

Ms. Beth Axelrod

Secretary, Board of Directors

Mr. Phil Church

Main address

PO Box 704

Falls Church, VA 22040 USA

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EIN

52-1419298

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wildlife Helpline

Wildlife Rescue League operates a Wildlife Helpline that accepts calls from the public seeking assistance for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Calls are triaged and callers are referred to licensed rehabilitators located throughout Northern Virginia and surrounding areas, with the goal of rehabilitating and releasing them back into their native habitat. Over 8,400 calls were received in 2022.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Wildlife Rescue League educates the public about Virginia's native wildlife through the distribution of informative brochures, the publication of quarterly newsletters, public service announcements and by hosting educational seminars and classes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Numbers of callers helped on the Wildlife Helpline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Helpline

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Amount of rehabilitation supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wildlife Rescue League's goals are to increase the number of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the region by offering incentives and providing rehabilitation opportunities as well as training and education. WRL is standardizing it's training in an effort to recruit additional helpline and transporter volunteers to handle the large volume of calls the Wildlife Helpline receives every year. WRL has recognized the need to establish a wildlife center in Northern Virginia and is taking steps to secure a location and funding to realize that endeavor.

WRL is making an effort to recruit wildlife rehabilitators by designing a new brochure specifically to target people who enjoy wildlife and nature, and is contacting the veterinary industry to promote the importance of working with wildlife to conserve species. WRL is offering to provide starter supplies to new rehabilitators as well as reimbursements for vaccines that are required for rabies vector species such as bats and foxes. WRL is working on securing a location to establish a centralized facilitity to triage and stabilize wildlife that is brought in by the public, animal shelters and animal control officers.

WRL has been in the wildlife rehabilitation industry for 38 years and networks with area veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, nature centers and park systems and wildlife centers. We will use those relationships as well as undertake a capital campaign to raise funds to establish a wildlife center.

WRL received 8,400 calls to the Wildlife Helpline and successfully referred animals to area rehabilitators and veternary partners. WRL has recruited 130 volunteers and is continuing recruitment efforts. Funding and assets increased in 2021, and a part-time consultant was identified to assist with additional efforts for 2022. We have also located two potential opportunities to secure a location for a wildlife center.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    WRL serves the public as well as its volunteers and partners.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Form to solicit feedbackk ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One of WRL's largest programs, was changed from being called a wildlife hotline to a wildlife helpline after feedback explaining the difference between the two in comparison to other industries.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Strengthened relationships with volunteers.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Wildlife Rescue League

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Beth Axelrod

Wildlife Rescue League

Term: 2021 - 2023

Phil Church

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Elena Bailey

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Cliff Bellena

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Olivia LoBalbo

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Elissa Myers

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Casey Nolan

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Mindy Mucci

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Carolyn Wildler

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/07/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.