Barnstable animal center seeks wildlife volunteers

Four orientation sessions planned
Hoo wants to become a volunteer at the Cape Wildlife Center? CWC photo.

The Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable has put out a call for volunteers. Each year, the center's staff and volunteers care for almost 2,000 animal patients. Some have been injured, many have been orphaned.

Following specialized training, volunteers take on a wide variety of important jobs including preparing food, bottle-feeding infants, growing fresh produce for the animals and manning hotlines and community events.

Four orientation sessions have been planned:

  • Sunday, February 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.

Once volunteers have attended an orientation session, they will be eligible for specialized training. Last year, volunteers logged 6,600 hours at the center caring for wild animals.

Volunteers are required to work a minimum of one 3-hour shift per week during the center's "busy season", March through October. Applicants as young as 13 are accepted with parental guidance and approval. For additional restrictions, rules and guidelines, visit the volunteer page here.

The Cape Wildlife Center at 4011 Main Street (Route 6A) in Barnstable, is operated by the Humane Society of the United States in partnership with The Fund for Animals. The center is open 365 days a year.

To pre-register for one of the sessions, contact Heather Rockwell at [email protected] welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on