Anderson Humane's Wildlife Center

Better together.

In March of 2020, Anderson merged with Fox Valley Wildlife Center, Kane County's largest provider of wildlife rehabilitation and education programming.  For nearly 20 years, Fox Valley Wildlife Center's expert staff and passionate and committed volunteers have worked hard to save the lives of thousands of orphaned and injured wild animals, providing second chances for over 3,000 wild animals each year. 


We are proud to welcome Fox Valley Wildlife into the Anderson family.

Fulfilling our mission. Saving even more lives.  Together.

Wildlife Summer Camps


Our 2022 offerings will be available in January. In the meantime, contact us If you have questions


There are many ways to be a part of our mission.  You can help by becoming a volunteer, making a financial contribution or by donating something from our wishlist. 

We value your input! 

If you have suggestions, questions or concerns, please email us at

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Found an orphaned or injured wild animal?

If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, call the Anderson Humane Wildlife Center at (847) 697-2880 x25.  A trained staff member will help you determine if the animal needs help and guide you through what to do next. 

Bats in your belfry?

Raccoons in your attic?

Introducing Anderson Humane's 

Wildlife Allies

Wild Animal Exclusion Program

Looking for a compassionate, humane approach to solving problems with wildlife in your home or business?  Anderson's trained Wildlife Allies staff will help you assess the situation and determine the best way to move the animals out of harm's way, without harming the animals.   And we'll provide you with the information and tools you need to prevent others from moving in.

For more information about this unique, new program, contact Ashley Kendall, Anderson's Senior Wildlife Manager at 847-697-2880 x 36 or

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Canada Goose

Lucy was illegally taken from the wild and raised by humans; she came to our center as a gosling. She was introduced to flocks of her own kind, but attempts to rehabilitate her back to a “wild” state proved futile. She had become very fond of people and never learned the skills necessary to survive on her own.


Three-Toed Box Turtle

Toby came to the center when he was found alone in an alley. Because he is so friendly to humans, it is suspected that he was dumped there by someone who raised and no longer wanted to care for him. He was never given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to survive in the wild.


Eastern Milk Snake

Lancelot came to us through the generosity of a retiring naturalist from another facility. Raised from an egg, he has spent his entire life educating the public about his species.



Yodi was found as an orphaned pup and is the unfortunate result of a well-intentioned member of the public attempting untrained rehab. He was raised to be far too comfortable with human presence, and as a result he is too habituated to be safely released back into the wild.


"I found an animal"

Keeping any wildlife is illegal unless you have the proper licenses to do so. Call Fox Valley Wildlife Center at (847) 697-2880 x25 and a trained staff member will help you determine if the animal needs help and guide you through what to do next.


A baby animals best chance for survival is always with the parent. If you know or strongly suspect that the parent has been killed or can no longer care for the young, rehabilitation may be required.

If you find a baby animal that requires care, keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place and call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Handle the baby the least amount possible and DO NOT FEED IT. Improper care, handling, and feeding can compromise the baby’s health, recovery, and chances for eventual release. Wildlife at any age are severely stressed in a human’s care. What we see as comfort, such as holding and cuddling, they see as a life-threatening situation. This stress can have a serious impact on their health and can even be fatal.

Sick or Injured

Use caution when handling sick or injured wildlife. Animals can be aggressive when injured and frightened. Some animals can also carry diseases that can be transferred to humans and pets. We advise keeping spare towels, gloves, and a container inside your vehicle to better assist the transportation of sick or injured wildlife to a licensed facility.

How to safely contain a wild animal for transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator:

  1. Find a suitable container (cardboard box, pet carrier). Line it with a towel or cloth. For potentially difficult or hard to handle wildlife, use a humane trap. If you plan to use a trap, call Fox Valley Wildlife Center at (847) 697-2880 x25 for guidance.

  2. Otherwise, throw a towel or a sheet over the animal so the he can’t see you, gently pick up the animal (wear gloves), and place in the container. You don’t need to remove the towel, but loosen it. Secure the container to make sure the animal cannot escape.

  3. Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place. Do not offer food or water. Leave the animal alone.

  4. If you would like more information regarding the animal you find or if you are not sure what to do, call Fox Valley Wildlife Center at (847) 697-2880 x25.

Wildlife Rehab and Donation Drop Off:
Fox Valley Wildlife Center
at Anderson Humane South Elgin
1000 South La Fox Street
South Elgin, Illinois 60177
*Signs will direct you to the Wildlife Intake Entrance*

Mailing Address:
Fox Valley Wildlife Center
c/o Anderson Humane
Attn: Ashley Kendall
1000 South La Fox Street
South Elgin, Illinois 60177

We are not open to the public, but are available every day to care for wildlife in need.

Hours: 8am – 4pm

Open 7 days a week.

Reach us at: (847)697-2880 x 25 or

Helpful Resources

Wildlife Links

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

How to Prevent Problems with Wildlife – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

Find a rehabber in your area – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)


Domestic Animal Links

Kane County Animal Control

Kendall County Animal Control

TAILS Humane Society

Other Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation – Barrington IL; Chicago, IL

Oaken Acres Wildlife Center – Sycamore, IL (DeKalb County)

Willowbrook Wildlife Center– Glen Ellyn, IL (DuPage County)