Donate – We’re All in this Together!
It takes a village to save the life of an injured bird or orphaned baby wild animal. It also takes a lot of food, formula, medicine, rehabilitation equipment, incubators, cleaning supplies and months of specialized care.
Our mission is to build a wildlife rehabilitation facility in the Tampa Bay area with a focus on birds of prey, or raptors. Every year the demand for our services increases.
We currently have to transfer 41% of our patients to other facilities. We transfer 100% of our large birds of prey to other organizations to complete the rehabilitation process because we lack flight cages. Having the Raptor Center of Tampa Bay centrally located in Hillsborough County will reduce the number of birds, and the stress transportation causes them, that have to be transported to other facilities. We currently average 70 miles per bird rescued, treated and/or transferred to other facilities. Most large birds travel over 200 miles round trip for reconditioning. Our volunteers drive tens of thousands of miles each year picking up and transporting wildlife.
Since 2016 we have released over 2000 birds back to the wild.
Birds from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Manatee county need to be treated from rescue to release at one place. We will also be able to help other rehabilitators in the area to have access to our local flight cages, thereby increasing the chances more birds of prey will not only survive but thrive upon release from our facility.
Wildlife rehabilitation organizations don’t receive any government funding but instead rely on the support of people like you. Please consider making a one time donation or recurring monthly donations today! We rescue over 1000 wild birds and animals each year. We’re all in this together!
Every time you donate to the Raptor Center of Tampa Bay you help our injured, sick and orphaned native birds. There are other ways you can help. Visit our volunteer page for more information.
Below is a list of items that we use daily. If you are unable to send money, we understand, there are many other ways that you can help. Your donation of goods such as paper towels and sheets, fleece, towels and blankets can go a long way.
To donate goods, please call our hot line to schedule a time that is mutually convenient.
Newspaper & Bleach
Laundry detergent, Dawn dishwashing liquid
Trash bags – janitor, lawn and kitchen sizes
Large Gallon sized Baggies for food storage
Gauze, gauze and more gauze, all sizes
Telfa and Tagaderm bandages
Alcohol and perixoide
Rolls of cotton
Baggies for food
Vet wrap, 1, 2 or 4 inch
Silk Tape, and other medical tapes
100 foot hose
Bed or waterproof pads
Craft sticks, tooth picks, wooden sticks for fracture repair
Forceps – need extra long pairs
Large Dog and animal water bowls
Towels, Sheets and pillow cases
Dog and cat crates
Fish that are freshly frozen especially shallow water fish (for osprey and eagles) also bait fish for water birds and gulls
Meal worms and crickets – live
Exact Kaytee hand feeding baby bird formula
Peanut butter, oatmeal (old fashion), millet, corn meal, romaine lettuce, red grapes, carrots, kale, especially during baby bird season
Fresh bird seed, millet, cracked corn, whole corn
Fresh caught fish (that are found in shallow water or near the surface that an eagle or osprey could catch) including Lady Fish and bait fish
Chicks, rabbits, rats and mice bought from reputable sources (cannot be caught wild)
Bags of builders sand
Gift Certificates to Home Depot or Lowes for wood and hardware to build more mews
7 cubic foot refrigerator to store birds food
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