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Welcome to Oaken Acres Wildlife Center. Founded in 1984 by Kathy Stelford, Oaken Acres has taken in more than 11,000 wild animals since it opened. Located on 33 acres of wildlife habitat in rural DeKalb County, Illinois, the property is set aside as a wildlife refuge, incorporating conservation acreage, woodlands, riparian habitat and natural grasslands.

Oaken Acres has a couple of slogans that pretty much tell our story – Every Life Matters and Saving Wildlife, One Heartbeat at a Time. We do not judge which animals are worthy of being saved. If they are orphaned or hurt – they deserve a second chance. Mice are just as special in their own way as foxes. Sparrows fill a niche just like owls. They can all suffer and they all deserve compassion.

While wildlife rehabbers are dedicated to saving as many wild babies as possible, they are equally dedicated to making certain that healthy babies remain with their wild mothers. Our goal of keeping these wild families together is our top priority. While we can't do as good a job in raising the babies as Mother Nature, if they are injured or orphaned we promise to do our best.

Inspiring others to foster compassion and respect for wildlife is part of our duty as wildlife rehabilitators. We hope our site will inspire you to never turn your back on a wild animal that needs help. Please visit our site often and join us by making a donation to Oaken Acres. With your help, wildlife services for our communities will continue to grow and improve.

For all the latest News and upcoming events here at Oaken Acres, be sure to check out our News & Events page frequently!

And check out our WISH LIST on the DONATE page. There are many affordable items on there that will help our patients. 


 

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR - ALMOST BABY SEASON :)

We are looking for interns and volunteers for this summer to work, side by side, with our staff.
You will learn SO MUCH about caring for wild orphans. It's hard work but SO REWARDING!





 

 

$49,989.40


That BIG number pretty much says it all.
That's how much we raised on May 3,the online giving day
sponsored by the DeKalb County Communicty Foundation.
And our WISH LIST?
The canvas curtains have been installed in the eagle cage.
Perches and platforms coming soon. 
Stainless steel cages have been ordered for the Mammal Room.
And we're working on plans for Vinnie's winter quarters.
We'll have some extra money leftover but we'll just hold onto that for now.
WE KNOW WE'LL BE NEEDING IT SOON! 
Pictured below is Oaken Acres Board Member Kathy Hubbard
accepting a check from DCCF Staff members Ben Bingle and Anita Zurbrugg.

 

                                   

We put a lot of effort into this online giving day and you,
our supporters, rewarded us. 
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS FUNDRAISING EFFORT

 


 

!WE FINISHED FIRST IN THE ONLINE GIVING DAY!!!!

YES WE DID 
thanks to you, our generous donors. 
 I'm so proud of us :-) $38,081

On June 14th, the DeKalb County Community Foundation 
will present the checks to the participating organizations. 
The checks will include the proportional share of the $103,000 in the
incentive pool of money for that one day.
Oaken Acres raised approximately 12% of the total dollars that day
so that will mean we will add to our $38,081 by another $12,000+. 
A huge THANK YOU to the DCCF and The Roberts Family Foundation that funded the sharing pool. 

         


ALL OF OUR WISH LIST PROJECTS
HAVE BEEN FUNDED!!! 
I'm going to start ordering stuff now. 
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
I'm so GOSH DARN HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 








 

 

 

 




Animals accepted by appointment at:

12140 Aldrich Road
Sycamore IL, 60178-9053

815.895.9666

For non-emergency messages only:
info@oakenacres.org


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