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Is There A Wildlife Shelter In Carteret County NC Where Injured Animals Can Be Taken?

Yes, there is a wildlife shelter in Carteret County NC where injured and hurt animals can be taken to get professional medical care and rehabilitation. This facility is called the Outer Banks Wildlife Center (OWLS) and it is located on Highway 24 West in Newport NC.

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This shelter is operational from 9 am till 5 pm daily and the number to call them is (252) 240-1200. This center is designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity in NC and is entirely run by volunteers. That being said, this shelter is dependent on outside donations and funding.

The wildlife shelter in Carteret County NC functions both as a medical care facility with surgical areas, laboratory, X-ray, specialized feeding areas, and exam room. The goal of this facility is to care for sick, hurt, and injured animals found by residents, to get them better, and to release them back in to their natural habitat.

For animals not eligible for release, the center does permanently house them for the rest of their natural life. Again, this requires money and we hope that you will consider helping to fund this exciting place.

Additionally, this shelter in Newport NC is always in need of volunteers to help with daily operations, to help with their summer camps, and educational outreach to help teach children and adults about how to coexist with animals in our environment.

The cost to tour this shelter is $3 per person and I can personally attest to the fact that it is worth it, and also serves as a great experience for children to instill in them values consistent with caring for animals and wanting to help vulnerable creatures as we coexist with them. No doubt, future veterinarians and rescue minded adults will come from experiences like the one this center offers.

Information my children and I learned from this shelter is that just because you see a baby bird on the ground does not mean the fledgling is abandoned and needing help. In these situations, it is best to monitor the bird where it sits to see if the parents do their natural thing. It is only encouraged to help the bird if it is vulnerable to cats, dogs, and other animals that could harm the fledgling.

If you live in Carteret County NC, or happen to be visiting the area and need the services of this wildlife center, then we encourage you to visit them, pay the $3 and tour the facility. It is easily a 1/2 day adventure and experience to see the baby ducks and geese that make this place their home, and to tour the areas where animals are permanently housed.

Again, the hours of operation to take injured and hurt animals found in any of the Carteret County communities like Newport, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, or Cape Carteret is 9 am till 5 pm.

But, hopefully with human love and compassion, we can help fund this facility to have staff available 24 hours a day in the near future and to acquire new infrastructure to house animals needing permanent and lifelong help.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Is There A Wildlife Shelter In Carteret County NC Where Injured Animals Can Be Taken?

  • July 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you so much for the people that volunteer at this facility, tour it, and help fund their mission to provide for displaced animals in the county! I actually learned about this facility while on vacation in your area!


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