WWI offers training and support for individuals looking to become licensed rehabilitators and work to give injured wildlife another chance. WWI can help provide you with the knowledge needed to care for these animals and a network of friends that love wildlife as much as you.
Wildlife Welfare is excited to announce the first recipient of the Helen W. Bell Award. This award is given to an individual in the community who has worked selflessly to help injured and orphaned wildlife.
Ann Bennett Rogers has been picking up “creatures” since she was a toddler….from caterpillars to chickens! She was born and reared in Raleigh, and graduated from Needham Broughton High School and Duke University. She started caring for wildlife over 20 years ago while she was still working at her “day job” as a computer software developer for the National Center for Health Statistics - she often managed to sneak baby animals into work with her to feed them!
She has been with Wildlife Welfare since our start in 1991-attending our first organizational meeting - and aren’t we glad she did! She has continued to be an active and vital member ever since. She not only has cared for thousands of animals but also has written several training manuals and taught many wildlife rehabilitation classes. Wildlife rehabbers and others look to her for advice and support…getting the utmost respect in her field.
She was a founding member of the Piedmont Wildlife Center, and when that organization decided to close their wildlife hospital and only operate a day camp, Ann helped found the Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic and became the right hand of the clinic’s director. She was a loyal volunteer and a unifying force until it closed in 2012.
Ann’s devotion goes far outside the local community. She has been a board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina since 2009, and currently is the board secretary. She also helps organize the annual WRNC Wildlife Symposiums every January.
She is the mother of two grown sons who both live on the west coast, so she focuses her maternal nurturing on wild animals as well as her two Boston Terriers. Ann has many talents…one being she is a wonderful photographer. Pictures of wildlife in her care or in her back yard are enjoyed by many who share her passion of wildlife.
Helen W. Bell died several years ago and Wildlife Welfare will never forget her and how she made it possible for us to care for so many animals. It is fitting that the award’s first recipient is someone as worthy as Ann Rogers. I know Ms. Bell would be pleased too.