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Who We Are.

The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter and Education Center is a non-profit 501(3)(c) wildlife shelter where injured, sick, and orphaned native North Carolina wildlife is cared for in a professional and compassionate manner.


Our mission is to rehabilitate and release the thousands of animals admitted to our clinic each year and to teach fellow North Carolinians how to responsibly and peacefully coexist with wildlife. OWLS has all state and federal permits required to legally care for wild animals. 

Who We Are.


OWLS provides valuable educational outreach to classrooms and local community events to connect people to nature and wildlife.


OWLS rescues small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians if they are injured or orphanied and need human care.  Our priority is animal welfare.


Every effort is made to release animals back into thier natural habitat once they have been rescued and rehabilitated.

Fresh and Clean

OWLS was founded in 1988 and has since admitted close to 35,000 patients. Volunteers help to transport ill, injured or abandoned animals from nearby beaches, backyards, or other public areas.   OWLS services multiple counties and we  seek other animal lovers to help support the growing need for animal rescue in our area.  We partner with other non-profits, individuals and government agencies to help animals as quickly and safely as possible.  2023 is a year of change and growth as we make plans to renovate cages, clean the facility, and improve animal welfare.  We invite you to volunteer with us making a difference in the community.

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