The following are resources and forms provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and others to assist wildlife rehabilitators on the subjects of state regulations, ethics, animal diseases, financial grants, and training opportunities.
For additional information, please see WDFW's Wildlife Rehabilitation Manual.
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Application - MS Word | PDF
(See also: Requirements for Obtaining a Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit)
- Principal Veterinarian Agreement - MS Word | PDF
- If you are planning to admit and treat birds you will need a Federal Migratory Bird Permit.
- Raptors Only Rehabilitation Permit Application Form - MS Word | PDF
- Education or Foster Animal - Live Wildlife Retention Application - MS Word | PDF
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Sub-permittee Application - MS Word | PDF
Wildlife Rehabilitation-related laws and regulations
- WDFW Rules and Conditions
- WAC 220-450-060 through WAC 220-450-220 - Wildlife rehabilitation permits.
- WAC 220-640-030 - Deleterious exotic wildlife
- WAC 220-450-030 - Live wildlife. Taking from the wild, importation, possession, transfer, holding in captivity.
- WAC 16-54-180 - Wild and exotic animals and birds - Importation and testing requirements.
- Chapter 246-100 - WAC Communicable and certain other diseases
- RCW 77.12.469 - Renewal of wildlife rehabilitation licenses
- RCW 77.12.467 Wildlife rehabilitation program – Requirement to receive funding – Reports accounting for all expenditures of state funds – Permitted expenditures – Adoption of rules
- RCW 77.15.250 - Unlawful release of fish, shellfish, or wildlife
Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators
- Wildlife Rehabilitator Grant Application - MS Word | PDF
- Grant Reporting
Wildlife Disease and Treatment
- Wildlife Disease Association
- Euthanasia: AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals
- Field Manual of Wildlife Disease – General Field Procedures and Diseases of Birds
- Washington State Dept. of Health Zoonotic Disease Website
- Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel
- Centers for Disease Control
Wildlife Rehabilitation Education and Training
- International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
- PAWS Wildlife, Lynnwood WA – Training and Education
- Wolf Hollow, Friday Harbor WA - Internships
- Wildlife Center of Virginia – Rehabilitator Training
- Animal Behavior Institute – Wildlife Rehabilitation Certificate
All licensed Washington Rehabilitators must belong to either the NWRA or the IWRC and the WWRA.