WHO we are


“A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.”

― Paul Oxton

At Chippewa Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation we are committed to making this world a better place for all wild ones to live, one animal at a time.

We strive to help orphaned, injured, and sick wild animals find their way back into the wild, to their home where they belong.  We do our very best to assist every wild one that comes through our doors.

And that starts with learning about the world we share with these creatures.

Founder & Wildlife Rehabilitator extending a helping hand to a welcome paw


“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”
― Steve Irwin

The mission of Chippewa Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation is dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned, injured, or ill wild animals with the goal of returning them to their native habitat as healthy, productive members of their own community; providing information in response to public inquires about wildlife; and providing wildlife education to the community.  

CRITTER 101. That is the curriculum we aim to teach.

Wildlife education is a large part of what we do and an important part of our mission. By teaching our community about nature, wildlife, and other issues and providing them with humane strategies, we hope to decrease the number of negative encounters with wild animals and create a healthy respect for nature, as well as a deep connection to it. 

CVWR is Licensed through the State of Wisconsin to care for: squirrels, rabbits, foxes, opossums, raccoons, ducklings, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, weasels, mink, muskrats, bobcats, beavers, and badgers.

“Wildlife in the world can only be protected by the love of compassionate hearts in the world!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

The people (and hearts) behind the cause are a group of dedicated humans who respect nature and have a passion for helping preserve it. 

Elise Bauer started the home-based center in 2010.  She holds her Advanced Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation License and specializes in the rehabilitation and care of small mammals, with her particular favorite being squirrels.  They are so cute, it’s NUTS! 



When it comes to the rest of the litter working for critters, our Board of Directors are all committed to keep the cause:

Elise Bauer, President

Sandy Engandella, Vice President 

Dan Bauer, Treasurer  

Holly Doud- Secretary 

Jim Engandella

“All good things are wild and free.”

-Henry David Thoreau

All good things may BE wild and free, but helping them is not free! We rely on the generous donations of other people in our community who care about the cause and work to invest in our mission. If you would like to be part of this effort click below! 


Today, you can help us give injured and orphaned wild creatures a second chance!