Capital Campaign

The Campaign to Save Southwest Florida's Wildlife

The Paul A. & Veronica H. Gross Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida has embarked on a capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. Due to rapid development in our community and other environmental factors, animals are being injured and displaced at an alarming rate. This has stretched our capacity to its limits, and a new facility will better equip us to keep up with the influx of injured and orphaned wildlife in our community.


This campaign will not only help us build our capacity to rescue and rehabilitate more wildlife but will also help us provide optimal conditions to greatly increase the chance of survival for animals that come into our care.


Our new facility will contain state-of-the-art triage and surgical centers where animals will be stabilized and treated. Our rehabilitative enclosures will be species-specific so that each animal will recover in an environment as similar as possible to its natural habitat. This will allow them to recover and return to the wild as quickly as possible.


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Our Impact

Animals Rescued Since 2004
Animals Rescued in 2020, a Record Year
Counties Serving: Sarasota, Manatee, Lee & Charlotte

We Need Your Help!

Led by the Center’s board of directors and a team of community leaders, the campaign will raise the funds necessary to transform the ways in which we are able to care for the thousands of animals that come into our care every year.


The success of this campaign will depend upon the support of organizations and individuals throughout the region. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact our Executive Director, Pamela DeFouw, at

Naming Opportunities Available

Intake and Triage Center

Surgical and Recovery Center

Avian Hospital

Raccoon Enclosures

Mammal Enclosures and Cages

Otter Habitat

Raptor Enclosures

Fawn Run

Squirrel Enclosure

Songbird Aviary

100 ft. Avian Flyway

Seabirds, Shorebirds, and Marshbird Aviaries

Sponsor a Habitat


We are currently constructing new and improved enclosures for our sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. The new species-specific habitats will allow our patients to recover in an environment that is closer to their natural habitat.

This will help recovering patients become less stressed which will aid in faster self feeding and will help them recover much faster. These enclosures also allow our hand raised orphans to adapt to a natural environment for a better chance of survival in the wild.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the much-needed habitats, please contact our Executive Director, Pamela DeFouw, at

Thank you for your interest and support!