About WRC

WRC was founded at the University of Minnesota in 1979 as a student club of the Veterinary College. From those humble beginnings of just a few dozen animals a year, the WRC has grown into one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, admitting more than 13,000 patients annually. We are known for our work with Trumpeter Swans - treating more than any other center in the nation and consulting worldwide on these beautiful birds.

More than 186 different species will come through our door in any given year. You can follow along with our admissions on our live Critter Ticker (streaming across our homepage) .

A year-round staff of 16 people, 10 of which are veterinarians or certified vet techs, keeps WRC's $1.3 million budget focused on providing direct medical care to its patients. During the summer, WRC adds five or six seasonal staff to manage the interns and 500 volunteers in its three nurseries (Songbird, Mammal and Waterfowl). Overall, more than 600 volunteers provide the daily care to WRC's patients.

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We realize choosing to support a nonprofit's mission means putting your faith in our work. We thank you for your trust and wish to be transparant in our operations.
At any time, please feel free to contact our Executive Director Phil Jenni via phone (651-486-9410 x 1) or email (pjenni@wrcmn.org). We've included some key information in the PDFs below.

Planned Giving is a great way to ensure WRC's future. There are numerous ways you can support WRC. From monthly sustaining giving to designating us in your will or choosing us for your IRA's Required Minimum Distribution. Learn more about WRC's Planned Giving.

Our EIN is 41-1588791.

2018 Year-end Review 2018 Summer Recap 2018 Spring Letter      
2017 Statistical Overview 2017 Year-end Review 2017 Summer Recap  2017 Audit 2017 WRC 990  

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The WRC Board of Directors works with Executive Director Phil Jenni in providing guidance to WRC.