WREN Volunteer Transporters

Thank you for signing up with WREN! We currently need volunteer transporters in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, north Florida (around Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Gainesville), and around Charleston, South Carolina. We hope to expand our network in the future. Please read thoroughly. We are restructuring our transport network. After you have signed up here, you will be added to our network on the slack app.  You should receive an e-mail within seven days with a link to join slack (free for you). We will provide instructions for using the app.  

Typically, the transports involve picking up an already contained, orphaned mammal, injured or orphaned bird, or injured reptile or amphibian and transporting them to the nearest permitted rehabilitator or a specific veterinary clinic that triages wildlife. Sometimes a transport may require capturing a raptor, waterfowl, turtle, fawn, or rabies vector species.  We do not expect anyone to do anything that they are not comfortable with and risk injuries. Your safety is always the first priority! So as far as your involvement, it is up to you! We always try to re-nest and reunite any young wildlife if possible. And we also encourage the finder to transport if they are able. This is always the fastest route, and we want to create a sense of shared responsibility of caring for OUR native wildlife. We also abide by state and federal regulations that relate to wildlife rehabilitation and transportation of wildlife. 

What to expect: You may be sent requests weekly or once a year depending on the need in your area. Wildlife emergencies are not predictable. But we do take most of our calls from urbanized areas and during the months of March through October. Most of the transports are at least an hour long while some involve multiple volunteers to complete a transport that takes several hours. We won't transport an animal until we have received permission from a rehabilitator or veterinary clinic to receive the animal. Volunteers do not keep the animals overnight except for very rare circumstances. Volunteers will also not typically handle, feed, or offer fluids during transports except for special cases. We will post transport requests on the Slack app ONLY. We will no longer text, post on our Facebook group page, or e-mail requests. Please stay signed in to the app if you want to receive requests. You can easily turn off notifications as needed or leave a group thread/ request. We are currently working on a user manual.

Once you sign up on Slack, you will be added to private channels representing wildlife rehabilitators, centers, and veterinary clinics or teaching hospitals within a 60 to 90 mile radius from you and to a public channel representing the state where you reside. We will place transport requests via the private channels and place a few general requests on the public state channel in addition to updates and announcements specific to your state. You are also automatically added to the public "general" channel where we will make announcements regarding updates, troubleshooting issues, educational opportunities, and more. When you set up your profile, please use the following for your "Display Name." 

Your first name followed by your last name - VT
Example: Liz Crandall - VT 
This distinguishes you as a volunteer transporter.


AS OF JANUARY 2020, WE ARE NOW TRANSITIONING TO OUR FINAL PHASE OF RESTRUCTURING OUR NETWORK. THIS INVOLVES SLOWING GIVING PERMITTED WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS, WILDLIFE REHAB CENTERS, VETERINARY CLINICS, AND VETERINARY TEACHING HOSPITALS ACCESS TO OUR NETWORK. IN THE PAST, ALL TRANSPORT REQUESTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY US (WREN MODERATOR).  YOU WILL START RECEIVING REQUESTS FROM REHABBERS AND VET CLINIC PERSONNEL IN THEIR DESIGNATED CHANNELS. WE WILL PROVIDE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS. 

We offer free training at our various events. But you do not need training to get started. We will provide instructions per case. Most of what you learn will be hands-on. We do request not placing the box or container in direct sunlight or directly near an AC/ heat vent, no loud music or sounds, and no smoking please. Heating or warming instructions will be provided as needed per individual case. Volunteers are not allowed to open the container or handle the rescued animal for their safety and for yours except in rare cases. No pictures of the animal during the transport unless instructed to by WREN or the wildlife rehabber or veterinary clinic personnel making the transport request.  We request that you do not bring your domestic companions (dogs, cats, etc.) along during the transport. 

If you are interested in capturing: We can recommend gloves and capture equipment. The best thing to use is a cardboard box or Rubbermaid container with proper holes for ventilation and a secure lid. We want to provide just enough room for the animal to lie down or to be in a nesting or sitting position. The less room they have to move, the safer it is for them. We do not prefer kennels or dog and cat crates for birds that have their flight feathers as they can damage them through the openings. And we try to get the finder to provide the container first if that is a possibility.

Once a request is made, you can respond to the original request comment/ thread. The first to respond that is the closest and available  reasonably soon is usually chosen to carry out the transport. We will update the transport request once it is filled or if it is canceled. Please check for this if you are responding within 15 minutes or more of when the original request was made. Some requests are filled within a few minutes or less. 
 
We work with a network of state and federally permitted rehabbers and use Animal Help Now to find the nearest rehabber or vet clinic if we do not have a resource in a particular area. Animal Help Now has a free phone app to find the nearest assistance based on one’s location. We highly recommend using their app and recommend you passing this information on to anyone that could benefit from this resource. Sharing this resource with others will help many animals by speeding up the rescue process!

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions via volunteerwren@gmail.com. If you are ready to sign up, you can complete our form here. If you do not receive a confirmation, please e-mail us. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for joining our team! 

Sincerely,
Liz Crandall
WREN COO
 

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