Welcome to Irelands First Wildlife Hospital

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Since opening in February 2021, 2288 animals have been treated at the WRI Wildlife Hospital

On the current site the electricity trips on a regular basis, the toilets back up and all too often there is no hot water. Our interns and volunteers are still working around the clock painting, fixing, cleaning, saving lives.

And that’s what this is all about, saving those precious lives to ensure our environment continues to remain balanced and healthy so we can all enjoy this living heritage that is our native Irish wildlife.

Find Us: WRI Wildlife Hospital, Tara Na Ri, Garlow Cross, Navan, Co Meath C15 V9TW

Please help us to help them by donating towards the new hospital build 

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Spooky Halloween Talks           

If you go to the Wildlife Hospital today
You’re sure of a big surprise.

If you go to the Wildlife Hospital today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every animal that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because this week’s the week we
have our Halloween picnic.

We are running three special and spooky Halloween Talks over the mid-term break where you can learn all about the creatures of the night that we have here at the hospital. So get your costume on and come on over to Garlow Cross on Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th or Saturday 30th October at 3 pm for lots of fun and learning. Our Wild Ways Halloween talk consists of a PowerPoint presentation with lots of lovely photos and videos, as well as some very important information about our native wildlife, with an emphasis on nocturnal animals given the time of year. We will take you for a walk through the hospital yard to give you a feel for what we do here and meet some animal care volunteers, with a few surprises along the way. There will also be fun activities where you will need to use your animal instincts and of course face painting and prizes! Book now to avoid disappointment!

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We were delighted to be now registered on Benevity’s Causes Portal. “Part of Benevity’s social mission is to help improve the way global charities access and become eligible for corporate giving programs and to modernize the way organizations process and receive donation funds.” 


Thank you to all of our wonderful fundraisers past and present!

Thank you!

Thank you so much to Dublin based company Happythreads for the donation of personalised scrub tops for our wildlife hospital interns. These are so incredibly comfortable & practical, we are delighted!

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WRI Charity Shop

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The WRI Charity Shop supports Ireland’s first wildlife rehabilitation & teaching hospital.

Purchases can be collected in Cavan or posted nationwide.

If you are doing a clearout and you haven’t decided what to do with items you don’t need anymore, please keep us in mind.

We accept clean clothes, shoes and accessories ( for adults and kids). Donations can be dropped off at Pet Shop Boyz Cavan or at the Wildlife Hospital (Garlow Cross, Navan).

All money raised goes towards WRI Wildlife Hospital and our shop is 100% voluntary work.

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Due to the significant increase in awareness of wildlife during the pandemic, the demand for the rehabilitation of wild animals has rocketed since March last year.

WRI has responded by creating an interim Emergency Wildlife Hospital which is situated at Garlow Cross in Co. Meath. (WRI Wildlife Hospital, Tara na Ri, Garlow Cross, Navan, Co Meath C15 V9TW)

You can also find useful and easy to follow information and guidance if you find an injured wild animal on our sister site, www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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The Hospital

Thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife casualties are in need of rescue and rehabilitation every year. They are nurtured back to health here in the WRI Wildlife Hospital.                                             

The new Wildlife Hospital has:

  • EXPERTISE and capacity to care for and rehabilitate all native wildlife species. Fully trained staff to look after the hospital, animals, and provide on-site education and training for interns.
  • ACCOMMODATION to house all the wildlife undergoing rehabilitation:- aviaries, barns, enclosures, pools etc! Onsite accommodation for both national and international volunteers
  • SUPPORT SYSTEM in place to facilitate the involvement of the local community and social partnerships. Onsite volunteer opportunities for facility maintenance and construction of wildlife housing.                                       

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The Wildlife

Our native wildlife is under pressure. We see all species come through the hospital with a range of injuries and illness, from road traffic accidents to cat attacks.

Our main focus will always be to:

  • RESCUE an injured, sick or orphaned animal using our nationwide team of volunteers.
  • REHABILITATE these animals with fair and ethical treatment while determining their chances of recovery and subsequent survival in the wild.
  • RETURN any wild animal, once fit enough, to the area where they were found. This is extremely important for the biodiversity of that area, as each creature has an important part to play in the delicate ecosystem. The increased professionalism in wildlife care will give injured animals the best chance of survival once returned back into the wild.

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The Future

With the appropriate funds, we envision an exciting, unique, fun, and educational experience for visitors to the WRI Wildlife Hospital!                                        

We will offer:

  • EDUCATION about wildlife rehabilitation through real-life stories about the patients and from the staff. What you can do to help conserve Ireland’s native species.
  • CONNECTION with wildlife rescues, recuperating patients and day to day life at the hospital through the use of specially designed hides, one-way glass, CCTV and more.
  • EXPERIENCE the patients in the hospital change as they recover and are released and as the patient species, types change with the changing seasons of the year.
  • DISCOVER what we do, and what you can do to help conserve Ireland’s native species.

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