Keep our Wildlife Safe this Halloween

It's that time of year for carving Jack-O’-Lanterns and spooky decorations for Halloween. You can have fun, and help keep our pets and wildlife safe while decorating for the season. Carved pumpkins rot quickly and can grow toxic fungi. If you notice your Jack-O'-Lanterns getting moldy, it’s time to take them off your porch. Mold, candle-wax, painted or bleached pumpkins can be toxic to animals if ingested and should be disposed of safely.

If your pumpkins are clean and fleshy add them to your compost pile and “pump” up your soil. Cut your pumpkin in half, and turn it into a bird feeder filled with birdseed. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, and other animals also enjoy pumpkin seeds. Just rinse the seeds and lay them out to dry. 

Fake spider webs are another potentially dangerous Halloween decoration. Birds can become entangled in them when stretched on bushes and trees so it's best to use them as indoor decorations only.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Stephanie Ellis

Executive Director

WATCH this adorable video of “The Pumpkin Thief”,

a raccoon on a Halloween mission.

This video was taken on our Arlo camera on an October night at Wild Care.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for Arlo Batteries on Facebook!

GET more tips on how to keep your yard safe for wildlife.

Flying Free Again - Immature Gannet Injured in Storm Receives Care Including Swim Therapy at Wild Care

This beautiful immature gannet came into our care after it was blown onto a lawn in Wellfleet by a recent storm. The bird was uninjured but required some supportive care and swim therapy at Wild Care, before it was ready to go.

This gannet's release was

generously sponsored by

Susan and Allan Wellington.

WATCH the gannet release

VIDEO by Gionet Hasson, Wild Care Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Love the cheers of joy in the video when the gannet flew off!

READ about Northern Gannets

PHOTO (left) by Leah Myrbeck Wild Care Wildlife Rehabilitator

Happy Feet - Northern Gannet Recovers from Fishing Lure Injury is Released

This Northern Gannet was found on a deck in Brewster. Its foot was attached to its wing by a fishing lure. After receiving antibiotics, supportive care and swim therapy this bird was raring to go! (Shown here jumping out of its crate, and ready to go into the pool for the first time to clean off those dirty feathers!)

This gannet's release was

generously sponsored by

S.E. Cayleff in gratitude to

and honor of Sue Gonda.

WATCH the release on Facebook

VIDEO by Leah Myrbeck, Wild Care Wildlife Rehabilitator.

TRASH YOUR TACKLE is a Wild Care initiative to help reduce the amount of recreational fishing gear found along the shoreline, and hence reduce wildlife casualties. We recycle and dispose of the debris properly.

Photo right is of the most recent collections from our five derelict fishing gear collection receptacles in Chatham. This is what we love to see. Fishing gear that is disposed of properly. Thank you to volunteer Michael Brown, for monitoring and emptying our receptacles on a regular basis.

American Kestrel Rescued by Boaters Miles off the Coast of Chatham Released

This beautiful male American Kestrel was brought to us after it was found struggling in the water over 10 miles off the coast of Chatham. People nearby in a boat grabbed the bird and brought it onto the boat to dry off and rest. The kestrel was weak, exhausted and hypothermic when it arrived at Wild Care. It was released after receiving supportive care and flight time. This falcon species is in decline in MA due to loss of habitat and available nest sites, along with pesticide use.

This release was generously sponsored by Claudia Clark. 

WATCH release video here

LEARN more about

American Kestrels

Orphaned Virginia Opossum Carefully Makes his way

Back to the Wild

This sweet little Virginia Opossum was brought to us over a month ago. It was found on its deceased mom under a shed. It was the only baby, and was too young to be out of the pouch. The opossum thrived in our care. Watch as he carefully makes his way back to the wild. So much to explore! Happy life little one!

This release was

generously sponsored by

Gretchen Sally Dietrich.

WATCH release video here

LEARN more about

Virginia Opossums

Love Chocolate? Thank a Bat!

Halloween and chocolate go together like a hand in a glove. Halloween is also the time of year for all things spooky, but bats and chocolate? Yup, if you enjoy a good chocolate bar, and who doesn't, you can thank a bat for that! Bats are significant pollinators of cocoa. So even though some people only think of bats as spooky, they are very beneficial animals, and we wouldn't have our favorite chocolate treats without them!

READ more about these unexpected pollinators

Wild Care Hosts a Frightfully Fun Night at the Cape Cinema

It was a night full of thrills, chills, and fun at the Cape Cinema showing of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds! Executive Director Stephanie Ellis spoke about the events that helped inspire the 1963 thriller, and guests had fun striking a pose with Stephanie who dressed as the film's star Tippi Hedren. Thank you to Josh and the crew at the Cape Cinema for hosting us at this beautiful, historic theater. A special thanks to volunteer Bill Redihan for driving Stephanie in his antique Volkswagen buggy! Congratulations to Karen Eldridge, winner of our Opportunity Drawing basket filled with exciting prizes from Scargo Cafe, Hot Chocolate Sparrow, Bird Watcher's General Store, PRS Guitars, and Wild Care!

Stephanie Ellis as The Birds Melanie Daniels and Cape Cinema Director Josh Mason

WATCH Stephanie's presentation about the

bird migration that helped inspire the movie.

Judy Bullard and Kerry Reid having fun at the Wild Care Merchandise Table

Birds Opportunity Drawing Prize Basket

We Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release the Birds

Contact Kerry to get yours today!

New Wild Care Shirts and Coasters are Here

We have new long-sleeve shirts available in two beautiful designs by Kerry Reid. Crow and Snowy Owl designs available in chambray blue and heather gray in sizes small to XXL. These designs are also available on ceramic coasters. A great way to show your support of Wild Care!

Snowy Owl Release

Wild Care Selected as Recipient of Nauset Disposal’s Annual Trash Bash

Thank you to Nauset Disposal for selecting Wild Care for the 9th year in a row as a recipient of the annual Trash Bash award. Waste Connections will generously match all proceeds this year. This generous donation will go a long way towards helping animals in our care.

Please Help us Squirrel Away Some Food for the Winter

We've had over 100 more animals this year compared with last, food costs have increased, and our Wild Care vegetable garden for our patients is coming to the end of the season. We are seeking donations of Stop and Shop and Shaw's gift cards. Please drop them at our door between 9AM - 5PM daily, or mail to: Wild Care: 10 Smith Ln, Eastham, MA 02642. Our staff and our patients thank you!


For a unique and meaningful way to mark an occasion, celebrate someone special, important milestone, or honor the memory of a loved one, consider sponsoring the release of a rescued animal. Your gift helps provide care for wildlife here on Cape Cod. You will receive a digital photo of the rescued animal, and video of their return to the wild.

Email Stephanie for more information

Check out our Amazon and Chewy WISH LISTS and donate much
needed supplies to help the animals being cared for at Wild Care.

Help Wildlife While You Shop on Amazon

Go to amazonsmile.com and choose Wild Care Cape Cod as your charity. Get the same great items at the same prices, and with each purchase Wild Care receives a donation at no additional cost to you. Thanks to you, Wild Care has received $4,853.91 from Amazon Smile since 2014. Thanks for shopping with a Smile and selecting Wild Care!

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