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Wild Foster Program

Whether you choose to foster one of our many wild patients or one of our special care permanent residents, you will be gratified in knowing the once dark future of these animals is now much brighter thanks to your selfless act of kindness and generosity.

Your gift is tax-deductible and as a participant our annual foster program, you will receive the following items about your animal choice: a foster certificate, photograph, information regarding natural history and its life at Woodlands, a foster decal and bookmark.  If you choose, you can opt out of receiving these items.

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Foster A Squirrel Foster a Squirrel

Orphaned and injured squirrels come to Woodlands in great numbers as a result of tree removal or mothers being trapped and removed. Injuries result from encounters with cats, dogs, and cars. Squirrel care may last from 4 to 12 weeks. New Jersey is home to 3 species of squirrels: red, grey, and flying.



Foster Items

Price $25.00

Foster A Rabbit Foster a Rabbit

Orphaned and injured eastern cottontail rabbits are one of the more common patients at Woodlands. They arrive most often after being discovered and caught by dogs and cats; however, lawn mowing, garden preparation, and construction sites are often the cause as well. Their care may last 2 to 4 weeks, but the rabbit, being such a timid animal, is one of the most difficult we work with.



Foster Items

Price $50.00


Foster A BatFoster a Bat

Orphaned and injured bats arrive at Woodlands most often when found dislodged during home renovations or repairs. Their care may last 4-16 weeks. New Jersey is home to 9 species of bats, including the endangered Indiana bat. These true insectivores are one the most beneficial wildlife species.




Foster Items

Price $100.00

Foster A OpossumFoster an Opossum

Orphaned and injured opossums arrive at all ages, most commonly due to mothers being killed by cars or caught by dogs. Their care may last from 2 to 16 weeks, and, being North America's only marsupial, they are one of the more unusual patients we tend to.





Foster Items

Price $100.00


Foster A SkunkFoster a Skunk

Orphaned skunks arrive for care at Woodlands most often after mothers have been trapped and removed and/or killed, as well as becoming victims of construction or renovation sites. Their care may last from 4 to 10 weeks. Skunks will only spray when defending their lives. Their appetite for insects such as slugs and grubs make them more beneficial than most would think.




Foster Items

Price $100.00

Foster A TurtleFoster a Turtle

Injured turtles of many species arrive for care at Woodlands. Cars and lawnmowers are the predominant reasons. Their care may last from 1 week to 1 year. New Jersey is home to 11 species of turtles, including the endangered bog turtle and the threatened wood turtle.





Foster Items

Price $100.00


Foster A FoxFoster a Fox

Orphaned and injured foxes are regular wild patients at Woodlands. They are most often orphaned due to parents being killed by cars; however, it is also common for ill foxes to arrive with mange, a parasitic skin infestation which can be easily treated. Their care may last from 4 to 12 weeks. New Jersey is home to both red and grey foxes.




Foster Items

Price $200.00


Foster RaccoonFoster a Raccoon

Raccoons are a frequent patient at Woodlands. The most common reason they arrive is due to trees being cut down or mothers being trapped out of buildings, relocated, or killed. Most often, it is only after the removal of the mothers that orphaned infants are discovered. Their care may last from 2 to 28 weeks. Raccoons' intelligence and dexterity enable them to be extremely opportunistic while foraging for food.




Foster Items

Price $200.00

Foster A Black BearFoster a Black Bear

The largest of our wild patients, black bears, are orphaned and injured most commonly by cars; however, from time to time, and for human safety, unusually aggressive females must be euthanized and their cubs subsequently orphaned. Most often, this is a result of humans unnecessarily providing food. Woodlands is the only facility in New Jersey licensed to care for this species. Bears require special housing and their care may last from 4 to 60 weeks. As our largest wild neighbor, their diet is 80% herbivorous, 10% insectivorous, and 10% meat.



Foster Items

Price $500.00

Foster A BobcatFoster a Bobcat

New Jersey's endangered bobcat is a rare patient at Woodlands. They have arrived having been hit by cars or orphaned for unknown reasons. Their care may last from 4 to 36 weeks. As the only facility in New Jersey licensed to work with bobcats, we are thankful to have the opportunity to release these very special animals back to the wild. The endangered status of the bobcat makes this one of New Jersey's most elusive species.



Foster Items

Price $500.00

Foster GraceFoster "Grace"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~
American Black Bear
Grace arrived at Woodlands as a 4 pound orphaned cub in 2003. This tiny cub did well in our care and shortly after her arrival had another cub to grow with. At 11 months it was apparent that Grace had stopped growing. There was a marked difference between the progress of the two bears being raised together. As her cage mate continued to grow, Grace did not. It became obvious that Grace's genetics were not that of a normal bear. Because of her small stature and other anomalies, it was determined that release into the wild would not be in her best interest. Grace lives at Woodlands and serves well as an ambassador to bears everywhere. With our remote camera on her she can be a presence in the education center. She is cared for lovingly by everyone at Woodlands and is known mostly as Sweet Grace due to her mellow and content manner.

Foster Items

Price $1000.00

Foster Lady JaneFoster "Lady Jane"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~

Canadian Lynx
The Canadian lynx is indigenous to the northern United States and Canada. During a law enforcement raid, this lynx was found (with many other wild animals) in a harness in a hotel room. Her physical exam showed the harness to be embedded in her skin and that she had been declawed on all four feet. As a permanent resident, located near our education center, Lady Jane's sad story helps educate the public why wild animals should not be sold or kept as pets and belong only in the wild.


Foster Items

Price $1000.00

Foster RoombaFoster "Roomba"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~

Sulcata Tortoise
Sulcata tortoises are indigenous to the African dessert but are sold in many places as "pets". At 2 inches, the animal may seem like a great pet, but they grow to be 2-3 feet and may weigh 180 pounds. Many are "released" or escape in areas in which they cannot survive. Roomba was found wandering on a New Jersey golf course. His condition showed that his diet had been insufficient for a very long time. As a permanent resident, Roomba will live his life out in captivity helping to teach respect for Wildlife of all kinds.


Foster Items

Price $500


Foster TankFoster "Tank"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~

Eastern Box Turtle
The eastern box turtle is very common in New Jersey. These turtles have a very limited home range in which everything is biologically perfect for that "community" of turtles. Very often, turtles are "rescued" and released elsewhere, thus upsetting the biological balance of other turtle "communities". Tank came to Woodlands after being "rescued" from an unknown area and kept in an aquarium tank by two different families for over a year. As a permanent resident at Woodlands he helps educate the public about the habits and fragile habitats of local wildlife.

Foster Items

Price $500.00


Foster TankFoster "Rosie"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~

Striped Skunk
Rosie was surrendered to Woodlands as an unwanted "pet" after being purchased on the internet. She arrived extremely overweight and her physical exam showed that she had been descented. With no ability to defend herself, she was not releasable. As a permanent resident, Rosie will help educate the public about where wildlife belongs.


Foster Items

Price $500.00






 
 

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