Wildlife in rehab need your support!

Work at EWRC is done by volunteers so our primary costs include food, equipment and supplies for wildlife in rehab. We need and appreciate your help in meeting these needs. When we work together, incremental giving makes a monumental difference for wildlife. Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Every contribution no matter the size matters a great deal to us and to the wildlife we help.

Wildlife Partners (Donors)

There are many ways to help support wildlife in need. You can:

1. Make a cash donation by sending a check, use PayPal, United Way, or Colorado Gives:

    • Send a check written to:
      PO Box 75069
      Colorado Springs, CO 80970
    • Donate through United Way: Although EWRC is not a member agency of United Way, you may donate to us simply by writing Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center on the Donor Choice line on your United Way pledge card. We do not have an agency number, so please do NOT include a number for EWRC on your pledge card.
    • Use Pay Pal: We have a PayPal account for your convenience. CLICK HERE
    • Donate through Colorado Gives. Visit for more information and to donate.
  • We are an Enterprise Zone Project! When you donate cash and/or goods to EWRC, take advantage of a Colorado state income tax credit up to 25%, as well as federal charitable donation. To be eligible checks must be in the amount of $250 or more and must be made payable to El Paso County Enterprise Zone with Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center written on the memo line of your check. Mail your check to us or to the Enterprise Zone, 27 E. Vermijo, 5th Floor, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Please contact us for more information on how to receive the 12.5% State tax credit on in-kind contributions and contributions of professional services. For complete information go to the Enterprise Zone website. While Social Security number or tax ID numbers are required on all forms (these are needed for annual reporting to State Department of Revenue), if you are reluctant to use your SSN with us, an alternative is to use a Colorado Account number. All Colorado taxpayers have a Colorado Account number and may request it by signing up at
  • Contribute through your workplace: Many employees are able to donate a dollar amount per paycheck to the charity of their choice. Payroll contribution is a simple and efficient way to support the issues you care about most. If your company runs a United Way campaign, you can write in Ellicott Wildlife Rehab Center as a “donor choice” option on the pledge card.
  • Matching contributions through your employer. You can double your donation if your employer matches your donation to a nonprofit, as many employers offer this benefit. Some employers also offer a “dollars for doing” benefit as well, where your volunteer hours are matched in dollars.

2. Adopt one of our Educational Ambassador birds

Adopting (sponsoring) one or more of our Educational Ambassador birds makes a unique and wonderful gift for anyone and for all kinds of occasions. Our ambassador birds help us teach important stories about wildlife to groups. Your sponsorship helps underwrite the costs of wildlife education and rehab at EWRC.

  • For a sponsorship of at least $25 you will receive an adoption certificate.
  • With a sponsorship of $50 or more you will receive a 8 x 10 print of an Educational Ambassador bird and an adoption certificate.
  • With a sponsorship of $100 or more you’ll receive a photo, certificate, and the opportunity to attend the release of a rehabbed bird of prey.
  • Let us know if you prefer all funds go to rehab, not to photos and certificates

Send your sponsorship check to:

P.O. Box 75069
Colorado Springs, CO 80970

Won’t you please support EWRC’s Educational Ambassadors:

Pearl, female American kestrel, has been with us about 5 years. She came to rehab on Pearl Pearl kestrelHarbor Day when a veteran saw her get hit by the car in front of him. He picked her up, named her Pearl, and brought her to rehab. Pearl eats about 1 jumbo mouse or quail per day. Cost: $14/week, $60/month.

Nate, red-tailed hawk, has been with EWRC nearly 10 years and came to us from the Pueblo Raptor Center. He was found as a chick, starved to the point the PRC didn’t expect him to survive. Nate did survive but his extreme starvation during his critical growing period in life nate1resulted in permanently damaged feathers and, we suspect, bone issues. Nate is territorial of his aviary and won’t share it with another hawk. He enjoys catching and consuming stray birds and rodents that enter his aviary and additionally eats about 5 jumbo mice per day. Cost: $28/week, $120/month.

Apache, red-tailed hawk, came to rehab a few years ago in his first year and sick with West Nile virus. He was in rehab for a very long time and although he improved, he didn’t improve enough to survive in the wild. Apache eats about 5 jumbo mice per day. Cost: $28/week, $120/month.

Isis and Prometheus, turkey vultures, came to EWRC in summer of 2009 as tiny chicks. They were found by a rancher in Kirk, Colorado, in an abandoned outbuilding with their dead mother. At EWRC we took extreme care to provide them with care to avoid their imprivulturechixnting on humans and associating food with people. Isis is gentle and inquisitive, a little shy. Prometheus is very shy but very bossy with his sister. They enjoy a variety of food including apples, melons, squashes, and meat. Cost: $35/week for each, $150/month for each.

3. Please sponsor wildlife in rehab!

You, your family, your workplace, school, or organization can sponsor a bird or other wildlife in rehab to help cover the expenses during rehab. Please include all contact information for the receipt of the adoption materials. Release events are very special–the end goal for wildlife at EWRC. If your donation qualifies for a “release event,” be sure to include your email address or phone number so we may contact you for the event. You may be able to invite a guest or your immediate family to attend the release depending on the release location and at the discretion of EWRC.3sickfox

  • For a sponsorship of at least $25 you will receive an adoption certificate.
  • With a sponsorship of $50 or more you will receive a 8 x 10 print of an Educational Ambassador bird and an adoption certificate.
  • With a sponsorship of $100 or more you’ll receive the photo, certificate, and the opportunity to attend the release of a rehabbed bird of prey.
  • Let us know if you prefer all funds go to rehab, not to photos and certificates

Animals in rehab at EWRC may have been orphaned, injured by cars, or sick. Whatever the problem, they are given the food, medicine, and care they need to recover, grow up, and be released to the wild.

Baby squirrels, before their eyes open and before they grow hair are called “pinkies”. They may come to EWRC when their mother dies or they lose their nest. Young squirrels need to be fed special formula every two hours around the clock! As they grow up they will need less hand feeding and eat more solid food. They need a safe, warm, nest box and nutritious food.

Baby birds come to EWRC when their parents die or they may be injured from a fall from their nest before they can fly. EWRC volunteers feed them every two hours with special formula. They grow up quickly and develop feathers for flying. Foster mother birds at EWRC help them learn what they need to know before they are released to the wild.

Foxes and young mammals need the right kind of food and a warm, safe place to den until they grow up enough to live in the wild on their own. They need toys to play with, logs to explore, and experience with catching their food–everything they would have learned from their mother to be successful in the wild.

Owls, hawks, and songbirds come to EWRC when they get into trouble with cars, barbed wire fences, and so on. They may have bruises, cuts, or broken bones. Once their injuries are evaluated and treated, EWRC provides a safe, comfortable environment for them to heal. Birds in rehab can regain their strength and flying ability in EWRC’s large flight cages fore they’re release to survive on their own.

Please support wildlife in rehab at whatever level you can.

4. We also rely on donated goods to keep us going

We appreciate your donation of Gift Cards from:

  • Whole Foods/King Soopers/Safeway
  • Wild Bird Center
  • Walmart
  • Petsmart/Petco
  • Gas stations
  • Lowe’s/Home Depot
  • Best Buy/other retailers

Building materials:

  • Lumber 4x4s and 2x2s
  • Clean plywood
  • Concrete
  • Metal poles
  • Welded wire; 1/2 inch x 1 inch, or 1 inch x 1 inch. Also 6-foot chain link and top line rails
  • Seasoned utility poles
  • Cedar 1-inch slats
  • Vinyl garden lattice

Animal food:

  • Unsalted nuts, seed and grain
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Baby food meat and fruit
  • Unsweetened peanut butter, fruit preserves and applesauce
  • Unflavored Pedialyte

Medical supplies:

  • Disposable gloves and gowns
  • Syringes without needles, and eyedroppers
  • New heating pads
  • Disposable absorbent pads (like Pet Pads)
  • Catheter tubing

Office supplies:

  • New computer
  • NEW commercial copier
  • Paper
  • Ink
  • Office furniture

Landscape materials to provide shade, shelter and privacy in and around outdoor cages:

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Timbers
  • Bricks
  • Logs and stumps

Other items EWRC needs:

  • Paper towels and unscented tissue!!!
  • Donated layout and print work
  • Donated printing
  • Pet dishes and large plastic plant saucers
  • Donated concrete and concrete work
  • Cabinets and countertops in good condition

5. Donate your time and talents as an EWRC Volunteer.

Please visit our Volunteer Page.