About HART Wildlife Hospital
Changes in the climate and pressures on habitats mean increasing numbers of wild animals become ill, injured or orphaned every year. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals and birds back into their natural habitats, saving unnecessary suffering and giving British species a fighting chance for survival.
HART Wildlife Rescue is a UK registered charity (#1066760) operating a wildlife hospital in Alton, North East Hampshire, providing a rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service for wildlife from all over Hampshire and surrounding counties. HART also gives professional advice to vets, the RSPCA and members of the public from all over the country, as well as providing talks and work experience opportunities for students.
HART Wildlife Rescue was founded as Hampshire Animal Rescue Team in Overton, 1996, by June and Bob Gibbs, following a request from an RSPCA officer to overwinter some hedgehogs. Since then, the service HART offers has constantly developed as more and more casualties are brought in. In June 2010 the hospital moved to new premises near Medstead in North East Hampshire. We also acquired an animal ambulance for rescues and transport of casualties.
HART now deals with over 3,000 wildlife casualties every year, a figure which increases annually.
HART receives no
statutory funding and is run entirely on donations. A charity shop in Alton also helps to raise much-needed funds.
Our wildlife hospital has 3 specialist rooms for the treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife patients, a treatment and assessment room, a ‘hogspital’ ward, an isolation room for infectious patients and a field adjacent to the hospital for our outside aviaries and enclosures
We work in conjunction with the Cedar Veterinary Group who provide a veterinary service to us on retainer.