Rehabilitation & Sanctuary – Kendalia
The main Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation sanctuary and rehabilitation facilities are located on 212 wooded acres in Kendalia in the Texas Hill Country, about fifty miles from both San Antonio and Austin. There are six ponds, two creeks, and the Little Blanco River on the property. The topography of the land is diverse and enclosure areas were chosen according to specific needs of the species who would live in them.
The large cats have tree-studded enclosures and their own rocky bluff. Farmed animals have spacious pastures and ponds. Primates have shrubbery, oak, juniper, and hackberry trees, and deep grass in each of their habitats. Parrots and other nonnative birds’ homes are fifty-foot-long flights constructed of stainless steel mesh and a fully heated building for the cold winters. The bears have a one-acre home that overlooks the pig and goat pastures. In short, all animals in sanctuary live in spacious natural enclosures tailored to species-specific needs.
Much of the 212 acres is left in a natural state for the native species of wildlife who were living here when we acquired the land. We built a 5,000-square-foot Hospital & Rehabilitation Nursery, a 3,000-square-foot Nutrition Center, a large maintenance building, and renovated several small buildings on the property that are now used for administration offices, animal receiving, animal enrichment, hay barns, and related needs.
Because of our commitment to respect the rights and needs of wildlife, the main WRR facilities and grounds are not open to the public (except to bring animals in need of help.)
Rehabilitation & Sanctuary Hours
October–February: 8am- 6pm (Call for after hours for assistance)
Spring & Summer Hours
March–September: 6am – 10pm (Call for after hours for assistance)
WRR’s Roger & Phyllis Sherman Animal Care Complex – San Antonio
Wildlife Rescue opened the Sherman Animal Care Complex in San Antonio in early January 2010. Since WRR moved out of Lynn Cuny’s backyard in 1980 to a four-acre sanctuary in Leon Springs (and then to Boerne’s 21 acres and now to 212 acres in Kendalia), this is our first location back in San Antonio.
The property, which was funded by the Sherman Foundation, serves as a drop-off point for injured and orphaned wildlife, a temporary rehabilitation center for certain species of orphaned mammals and birds, a small rescue and adoption site for cats, and an education center. The immediate care available here is critical in saving more lives and will also relieve pressure on the sanctuary clinic in Kendalia during the busiest time of year. Words can hardly express our appreciation to the Shermans for the generosity that made this possible.
Drop-off & Rehabilitation Center
Rather than having to wait until a volunteer can bring them to the Kendalia Hospital & Rehabilitation Nursery for help, injured and orphaned wild animals now receive immediate care. Babies of certain species (squirrels, rabbits, songbirds, and opossums) can remain at the Sherman Animal Care Complex until they reach an age where they need the facilities at the Kendalia sanctuary for the next step on their way to release. Others will be evaluated, given care, and readied for immediate transfer to the sanctuary hospital.
There are many people who want to help with animal care but for whom the drive to Kendalia is too long. Volunteers can now choose a convenient day and time and help WRR save lives in San Antonio.
Cat Shelter & Adoption
We provide shelter, medical care, sterilization, and adoption for a limited number of domestic cats for whom other help cannot be found and/or who are on “death row” at animal control.
Education & Advocacy
School groups can come and watch through a large window (just like at the newborns’ nursery in a hospital) as orphaned wildlife receive food and care from WRR staff; afterwards they may hear educational presentations from staff and volunteers about wildlife issues. Additionally, with a physical presence in San Antonio, we are in a better position to collaborate with others in speaking out on behalf of animals.
WRR’s Sherman Animal Care Complex represents a great step forward in our ability to intervene promptly and effectively for wildlife in need, and it allows us to be a more visible and active presence in San Antonio. We invite you to come by and learn more about what we are doing and to explore volunteer opportunities.
137 Earl Street, San Antonio, TX 78212
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 8am- 8pm (Call for after hours for assistance)