Here at Sky Harbor, our main mission is making certain that Florida’s wildlife, one of our most precious resources, survives and is respected as a valuable asset to planet earth.
Wildlife is at the mercy of man’s progress and constant building which destroys the natural habitat of wildlife and their sources of survival. It is our mission to make a difference, change the way we look at animals and learn they are as necessary to our survival, as the air we breathe.
Injured wildlife is brought to us through many sources, ASPCA, Humane Society, veterinarians, local police departments, FWC, Coast Guard as well as local citizens and the general population. Sky Harbor is permitted, as required by law to possess or handle wildlife, holding a state permit for small mammals and a federal permit for migratory birds!
We rehabilitate numerous species, the most common being squirrels, raccoons, fox, opossum, songbirds, crows, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, sandhill cranes and the occasional eagle. These animals are admitted to our care center and immediately assessed for injuries or illness by our dedicated team. They are treated in our care center and remain there until they are well enough to be transferred to outdoor cages on our two acre facility as they prepare for release.
We have some special veterinarians (most vets are not trained in more than domestic animals, or are not willing to help wildlife) willing to assist with us should we need xrays or surgery. These vets, who are willing to help, donate their valuable time and efforts to us and provide services and supplies to us at great discounts. For the most part, we rely on our own experience and knowledge to handle most cases, but we certainly appreciate those vets who are there to lend a helping hand!
Good rehabbers also rely on other rehabbers (some with many many years of experience) for information on caring for unusual cases. Our volunteers are well trained and available to help with rescues, release, transport as well as emergency and daily care!