Kentucky Wildlife Center
GEORGETOWN KY 40324-9136
Contact Information
Nonprofit Kentucky Wildlife Center
Address 2571 IRON WORKS RD
GEORGETOWN , KY 40324 9136
Phone (859) 280-3053
Contact Name Susan Russell
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2009
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Donations through paypal can be made at

Goods can be purchased off our Amazon Smile Account as well
Checks can be mailed to Kentucky Wildlife Center, Inc.  2571 Ironworks Rd. Georgetown, KY 40324
Any donated goods can be dropped off at our center located at 5423 Leestown Rd. Lexington, Ky 40511
Volunteers may sign up for shifts and orientation sessions at the center seven days a week starting at 7 a.m.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement  Kentucky Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife in Kentucky and to the improvement of the welfare of wildlife through education and community awareness.  
Background Statement Our president and founder, Karen Bailey, started out wanting to help an orphaned litter of raccoons that were rescued from a local horse farm.  That effort has grown into a highly specialized wildlife neonatal and critical care clinic that admits over 1000 patients a year.  Our growth has been guided by the large number of animals that needed care from local animal shelters, vet clinics and the general public.  Before our center existed, sick, injured and orphaned wild animals had nowhere to go in Central Kentucky. 
Impact Statement

In 2016, Kentucky Wildlife Center rehabbed and released over 1300 animals back into the wild.  That is a record number of animals for us in a year.  We rehabilitate mammals native to Kentucky so that they may join their native environment once again. 

Our goal for 2017 is that we will take in as many numbers of animals and release them.  We would like to replace our aging incubators as they are over ten years old.  We need to build more pre-release enclosures as well.   


Needs Statement

Our most pressing need is funding to furnish the space for the animals, medical care and proper nutrition.  Our yearly budget is around $200,000 to run our center for one year. 

We rely solely on volunteers to help the center run and raise the animals so volunteers are always needed.

CEO/Executive Director Statement Kentucky Wildlife Center specializes in neonatal and critical care of orphaned and injured wildlife native to Kentucky.  In addition to rehabilitation, we do disease surveillance in animals that don't survive to look for pathogens that could potentially spillover from wildlife to people and their pets.  Even though we are deeply committed to protecting our community and safeguarding public health, we receive no state or federal funding for our efforts. 
Board Chair Statement  KWC has a reputation of expertise, compassion, and dedication to the health of our community. We have covered the cost of rabies and other diagnostic testing on literally hundreds of animals when other state agencies  and universities turned the cases away.
We also do countless educational outreach programs in schools and have many wonderful dedicated interns that want to go on to pursue degrees as veterinarians or scientists. Working at the wildlife center offers a great learning opportunity where they get valuable hands on experience and a chance to learn best practices in neonatal and critical care and the importance of community engagement and public outreach. We teach the value of customer service and teamwork, skill sets that are translational as the interns move forward in pursuit of their career goals.
We are more than just a rescue and rehab organization. Yes, we do take in over a thousand animals, many of whom would be euthanized otherwise. But we are so much more. We are an organization of hope. A last chance for many of these animals., most of which get to be release when rehabilitated on to protected land.
Geographic Areas Served
We take in wildlife within the entire state of Kentucky. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our primary aim and goal is to rehab and release the animals that come into our care back into their native environment.  Our goal remains the same each year.  Rehabilitate and release.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? KWC specializes in neonatal and critical care for orphaned and injured wildlife.  Our methods and practices have worked for ten plus years now and we only improve each year.  We alter our vaccination schedule each year to help with disease transmission in the wild and to insure that we are releasing the healthiest animal possible. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?  We have a state of the art nursery and critical care facility that helps provide care for the animals that come into our care.   We work closely with local fish and wildlife authorities to help monitor disease outbreaks.  We network with other rehab facilities across the US to help diagnose extreme cases and create awareness of an illness that may be on the verge of infecting the wildlife population.  Our president and founder is working towards her PHD in wildlife infectious diseases to help further our study and progress with identifying the diseases and controlling them.  This will ensure that we are releasing the healthiest animal back into the wild
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Wildlife rehabilitation is a never ending endeavor.  Each year thousands of orphaned and injured animals need our help.  We start over every year with a new set of animals needing our help.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? KWC is looking for a permanent facility.  We currently lease the location we have now.  We haven't been able to acquire our own property due to our increasing intake numbers each year that require more of our funding.
Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Bailey
Company Affiliation Presiden
Board Members
Karen Bailey PresidentVoting
Liz Maddux SecretaryVoting
Susan Russell Vice PresidentVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 33%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Susan Russell
Company Affiliation Vice President
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Susan Russell
Term Start June 2016
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 96
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 60%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 101
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 101
Senior Staff
Title Animal Care Supervisor
Title Social Media Secretary
Title Volunteer Vet Tech
Title President
Description Each year thousands of orphaned and injured wildlife need help.  KWC is there to provide the care and rehabilitation that they need to be released back into their native environment.  Our goal is release each animal that comes into our care. 
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments For those that can't see the value in what we do, I'm guessing they haven't spent much time at the Kentucky Wildlife Center, if at all. Perhaps, they've never been around the infectious energy of the volunteers and interns that work around the clock to provide care to the overwhelming numbers of hungry babies that expect to be fed seemingly all at once. I'm guessing they've never seen the incubators full of tiny sleeping neonates that in a kinder world would still be with their mothers. Maybe they've never had a chance to watch animals play carelessly when only days before, they were cold, scared and hungry. I humbly challenge those people to visit our center. I promise, they'll leave with a gentler heart and a softer soul.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $157,000.00
Projected Expenses $127,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$82,595$28,698$41,646
Administration Expense$35,394$1,510$10,412
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.971.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%95%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$53,021$53,375$54,203
Current Assets--$1,869$2,697
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,656----
Total Net Assets$51,365$53,375$54,203
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2015 2015 Taxes
2015 Taxes for 2015
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 2571 IRON WORKS RD
GEORGETOWN , KY 403249136
Primary Phone 859 280-3053
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Susan Russell
Board Chair Karen Bailey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Presiden