Dedicated to making the world a
better place one squirrel at a time
Squirrel Refuge is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit that functions to serve
the needs of abandoned, confiscated, orphaned, sick and injured rodents of the Sciuridae
(squirrel) family. Our goal is to further the well being of these amazing creatures;
as well as, provide a source of accurate information through public education to
further care and concern for all wildlife -
While squirrels are our passion and the fundamental purpose of Squirrel Refuge, we recognize that we are often the only option (other than euthanasia*) for all of Clark County’s orphaned and injured wildlife. It is our policy to do what we can to provide care and comfort within the limits of our expertise and resources. In many cases, we provide initial care, and arrange transfer and placement to other centers or rehabilitators statewide.
Squirrel Refuge is run by Clark County’s only licensed wildlife rehabilitator. We work with local veterinarians, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), wildlife experts across the nation, and a network of volunteers to facilitate professional and humane care in all phases of rehabilitation for orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife. We strive to ensure each animal is treated with respect and compassion, and receives timely care under the supervision of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian experienced treating wildlife.
All wildlife rehabilitation activities center around the primary goal of returning
wild animals back to their rightful place in the wild. Where this is not possible,
we strive to find appropriate placements for non-
Squirrel Refuge endeavors to provide complete, accurate, reliable and up-
Our Euthanasia Policy
We take euthanasia very seriously. Washington law does not require the euthanasia
of any releasable squirrel, opossum, or cottontail designated as ‘non-
*Euthanasia is the purposeful killing of a living being.
Squirrel Refuge Incorporation and bylaws are filed with Washington Secretary of State
Squirrel Refuge is licensed to conduct legal wildlife rehabilitation activities through
the WDFW; however, we are not part of the WDFW. We are privately run by non-