FourWands Wildlife

FourWands Wildlife Rehabilitation is a Vermont licensed rehabilitator located in Barre, VT.  We take in most small, non-rabies vector, mammals with the goal of returning to them to the wild as soon as they are able.  While we take in whatever we are permitted to, we specialize in the five squirrel species native to Vermont.  We have successfully raised and released hundreds of orphaned and injured squirrels as well as snowshoe hares, weasels, porcupines and opossums ranging from hours-old babies to adults with severe head trauma or life-threatening illness such as Squirrel Fibroma Virus aka “squirrelpox”.
FourWands Wildlife Rehabilitation is a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association.

If you are seeking help with an orphaned or injured animal within the state of Vermont, please give us a call at 802.461.4381

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FourWands Wildlife Rehabilitation is a Vermont state licensed rehabilitation facility taking in small, non-rabies vector, mammals. FourWands Wildlife Rehabilitation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Amazon Wishlist:
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FourWands Wildlife RehabilitationTuesday, November 29th, 2022 at 2:35pm
This Giving Tuesday, if you are able, please donate to help us complete renovations on our new rehab space! Anything you can contribute helps us towards our goal!
Donations can be made through Gofundme, or Venmo: fourwandswildlife
Thank you again for ALLL of your tremendous support!
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FourWands Wildlife RehabilitationMonday, November 28th, 2022 at 4:15pm
Back in May, while I was undergoing radiation therapy, I received the newly updated rule book from Vermont F&W.
To begin with, the new rules as they are written, state that animals that can't forage for themselves shall be euthanized. This is wildlife rehabilitation. Most animals that come to us can't forage for themselves initially. They are either too young or too severely injured. There is no wording that allows for the "eventual" ability to feed itself. While this seems like it's splitting hairs, the reality is that Fish and Wildlife CAN enforce it just as it is written if they so choose. The animals that Vermont rehabbers take in, even if they will be able to be independent and returned to the wild in short order, are at the mercy of the department.
But there was a bigger problem.
There is, essentially, a gag order.
Governor Phil Scott, I have to say that looks an AWFUL LOT like the government putting restrictions on Vermonters' speech, doesn't it? ACLU, what do you think?
Anything that I said might be considered "criticism" and in speaking up, I would be putting my permit at risk and, subsequently, Peanut's life in danger.
When a Freedom of Information request was made to inquire as to how these rules were crafted, we received many files BUT I found it interesting that some emails were excluded due to attorney/client privilege. What on Earth is in those emails that need to be hidden from the public? This is supposed to be about how rules were created. What's so secret? Who is accountable for this department?
Fortunately, there was a rule that allowed transfers to a licensed facility "with approval". So while still undergoing cancer treatment, we began looking for a new location outside of Vermont. We finally found a property that would work but had to purchase the property while still owning our Vermont property so we could apply for state AND federal permits and do immediate renovations to make the rehab space comfortable and safe for the wildlife we will be well as for Peanut. I received my NH Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit in late October. When in preparation for our USDA inspection, USDA staff requested that we have Peanut there for the inspection. At that point, after multiple contacts with Vermont F&W, Peanut was transported to NH. (They initially suggested I transfer Peanut to a VT rehabber but the rules are clear - any rehabber taking her in would be forced to euthanize her so I persisted with the plan.) Again, through all of this, I couldn't discuss our plans because it might be considered "negative" towards the department.
I am giving up my Vermont permit. I haven't yet but just posting this is a violation of the new rules so... there's that.
So now you know WHY I took so few animals this year. I was afraid for the life of any animal I took in. Those two 5 week old orphaned squirrels that I found on my own property in May could not forage for themselves. They were perfectly healthy and eventually were released back into the wild but would have required euthanasia if the rules were followed as written. Every Vermont rehabber is breaking those rules when they accept an animal that is too young to feed itself.
These are just some of the problems the new rulebook presented. There were others but this convinced me that I do not want to rehabilitate wildlife in the state of Vermont. I would have spent more money defending my permit than I would in rehabilitating animals.
Governor Scott, Vermont F&W should be under the supervision of the Legislative Committee for Administrative Rules. Somehow they were excluded under the LCAR's umbrella. These rules should be subject to public scrutiny and comment before being accepted and implemented.
While undergoing cancer treatment, and at the CONSIDERABLE financial expense, we left Vermont. I couldn't even tell you about it until we had left.
I hope that in submitting my paperwork in the next day or two, VT Fish and Wildlife will remain in my rearview mirror permanently.
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FourWands Wildlife RehabilitationSunday, November 27th, 2022 at 8:35pm
Hi All! I am taking some time out from what seems like endless moving/unpacking to tell you about the changes here. I don't want to go into the why (yet but I will and there is a lot to unpack there too!!) however I would like to keep you updated with what has been going on behind the scenes. This was a necessary move, done largely under the radar, with Peanut's safety in the front of our hearts and minds. It's a horribly inconvenient time for this, I know... but unfortunately, it's necessary, so I have come to ask for your help.

As you now may know, We have recently moved our facility to Langdon, NH. We obtained our NH Wildlife Rehabilitation permit and applied for a USDA exhibitor permit. (The USDA permit is precisely so that Peanut can become "Ambassador Peanut"! Our USDA inspection is pending.) We began renovating our garage space for the rehab - installing a new climate control system, added insulated garage doors and put a coat of easy-to-clean epoxy on the floor. Unfortunately, all that stuff was EXPENSIVE (over $10K so far) and now I'm tapped out.
So many of us have been feeling the financial pinch lately, so I hate doing this, but I need your help if possible.
To complete our work, I am hoping to update the electrical box so that we may then install a utility tub, a hot water heater, a dishwasher and a washing machine (as critters create a lot of dirty laundry!) We would also like to install fire-resistant paneling as it is both easy to clean and...well... fire-resistant! Estimates for electrical and plumbing work (including the hot water heater) are running around $5000. I don't have an estimate for panels as with all the chaos that is moving, I have not had the time to find someone that does that kind of work yet. I will also need to purchase the mentioned appliances (unless they are donated!).
It's a lot to ask, I know. It will take a village to make this happen but FourWands Wildlife will be able to continue to assist injured, orphaned and in Peanut's case, unreleasable wildlife.
If you can help at all, please donate or share. I know it's a lot to ask, particularly now as the holiday season is here and while inflation takes a chunk out of our paychecks. Anything you can do helps.
Please share if you can and donate if you are able.
I am incredibly incredibly grateful for your support.
Donations can be done through our Gofundme Campaign ( or right here on Facebook.

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FourWands Wildlife RehabilitationWednesday, November 23rd, 2022 at 1:57am
I have been quiet as I have been (and still am) quite busy. Details to follow.
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FourWands Wildlife RehabilitationTuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 1:32am
I am pretty sure this is one of the girls I raised last year., ❤️
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