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Welcome to our Wild Foster Program

By choosing to foster one of our many wild patients for yourself or as a gift for someone special, you will be gratified in knowing the once dark future of these animals is now much brighter because of your kindness and generosity. Woodlands receives no state or federal funding and depends on caring people like you.

Your gift is important and will help care for more than 1000 orphaned and injured wild patients. The majority of animals come to Woodlands as a result of human encounters including cars, pets, construction, children, pesticides, and herbicides. Only a small percentage arrive as a result of natural disturbances.

Featuring Our 2016-2017 Bear Bunch

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Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive: a foster certificate, photograph, you animal's natural history and its life at Woodlands, a foster decal and bookmark. 

If you choose, you can opt out of receiving these items.



Foster bear cub "Donald" or "Hillary"

Two of our newest wild patients. These are two of litter of six cubs that unfortunately kept finding themselves in less than favorable areas and as a result the Family was moved twice to avoid human conflict. With this level of disturbance it is probable that mom simply cut her losses with those not keeping up.



 

Foster bear cub "Bearnie"

Bearnie arrived shortly after Donald and Hillary. He is one of 4 but his mother and 3 siblings disappeared and he was left behind for some unknown reason. He is was 20lbs on intake and unfortunately had been getting hand fed in the neighborhood.



 

Foster bear cub "Bearrack", "Ted", or "Jeb"

In the densely bear populated area of Vernon, NJ pet food was stored in a garage and the garage door was left open. A bear with 3 cubs entered a garage for an easy meal and then wandered further into the house. The bear was killed by officials. Why was the bear killed? For your safety and to limit the possibility of that behavior continuing throughout the neighborhood as well as teaching the cubs to do the same and on and on.


 

Foster bear cub "Michelle Obearma"

Neighborhood had been seeing the bear for a couple months alone but seeming to be doing okay. A concerned resident called Woodlands when they saw the bear beginning to stumble and unable to climb. She came to us with severe neurological symptoms. After many diagnostic test and treatments she began to improve! She is now fully recovered and functional.



Choose your cub and foster level below.

Foster level 1: ($500) - Full foster package: Certificate, a photo of the cub, bear natural history, foster decal, and bookmark. Two updates with pictures of chosen cub and announcement of their release.

Foster level 2: ($250) - Full foster package: Certificate, a photo of the cub, bear natural history, foster decal, and bookmark

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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.




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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.



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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.




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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.





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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.




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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.





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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
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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.




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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
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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.



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Price $200.00


Foster GraceFoster "Helen"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~
Eastern Gray Squirrel
The grey squirrel is a common species in New Jersey. Helen arrived in 2008 as a single orphan. During her rehabilitation it was discovered that she was deaf. Her disability made her non-releasable since she would not be able to hear predators. As a permanent resident she helps teach people about disabilities in wildlife.

 

 

 

 

Foster Items
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Price $500.00


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.

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Price $500.00

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
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Price $500.00

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
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Price $500.00


Foster TankFoster "Buddy"
~Special Care Permanent Resident~

Raccoon
The raccoon is a common species in New Jersey. Buddy was found exhibiting overly 'friendly' behavior. He arrived with no prior history, but it is believed he may have been habituated at an early age. Buddy's story helps to educate the public about why wild animals should not be kept as pets.




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Price $500.00

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Address: 676 County Road 513 Pittstown, NJ 08867 P: 908-730-8300 F: 908-730-8311 Email: wildlife_rehab@yahoo.com

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