Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


OWRA is a non-profit organization and has members from a wide range of backgrounds. OWRA provides training, networking and referral information to wildlife rehabilitators so they can better assist the public when injured, orphaned, or diseased wildlife are encountered. Member benefits include the quarterly newsletter, The Ohio Rehabilitator, an online Membership Directory, members only section on our website, and discounted rates for OWRA sponsored trainings.


OWRA's Mission: Promote wildlife conservation by providing resources to wildlife rehabilitators, educators, and the community.

 House Bill 490 - Not for Wildlife Rehabilitators

In 2009, the rehabilitation of fawns was established as being prohibited by law.  Today you may be hearing about House Bill 490 as a way to reinstate rehabilitation of white-tailed deer in Ohio.  DO NOT BE MISLED!!!  House Bill 490 (p. 10) is far from promoting sound, ethical, wildlife rehabilitation and reassigns the authority of the wild white-tailed deer population from ODNR to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  This should not be supported in Ohio.  

The Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association has submitted our testimony as an opponent to House Bill 490 and we hope you will help us do the same by contacting your state & district representatives as well as Governor John Kasich.  

Wild animals have specific needs that must be provided for proper development.

If you have found an orphaned or injured wild animal, please keep it warm, dark, and quiet until further assistance is given by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Warmth can be the single most important thing provided to a young animal and may save its life. Reducing stress by keeping it in a dark and quiet area until it is transferred to a rehabilitator can be just as life saving.



Join or Renew Your OWRA Membership

All are welcome to join!

OWRA is a statewide group of individuals and organizations dedicated to furthering the goals of wildlife rehabilitation and public education in Ohio.

Member Benefits


Quarterly Newsletter, The Ohio Rehabilitator
Ohio Division of Wildlife’s directory of Licensed Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators
Animal placement for educational program and display animals

Opportunity to participate in workshops and trainings
Discounted rates for annual conference and workshops
Grant opportunities for educational training, conference, and workshops
Notification and information on regulatory and health issues


Thank You for Your Support!

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Reach & Teach

A Mentorship Program through the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


In an effort to support and encourage new individuals to the field of wildlife rehabilitation, OWRA has launched Reach & Teach, a mentorship program designed to offer assistance to members who have completed OWRA’s Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation training. OWRA is inviting member facilities and individuals permitted through the Ohio Division of Wildlife to reach out and teach new rehabilitators through methods such as on-premise volunteering, facility tours to share ideas, and/or phone availability to offer advice.


More Information

OWRA is host of the 2014 IWRC Symposium

Join us December 1-6, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH

Register for the IWRC Symposium

OWRA will offer our Rabies Vector Species on Monday, December 1st - Register!



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