Cape Wildlife Center to remain open through winter months

By Dylan McGuinness | Nov. 11, 2016

The Cape Wildlife Center will continue operating through March 1, allowing more time for residents and those interested in animal care to develop a long-term plan for the animals it cares for, according to a statement from the Humane Society of the United States.

The extension was made possible by a partnership between the Humane Society, which runs the center, and the Pegasus Foundation, an animal welfare charity.

The Humane Society announced last week that it would shut down the center on Nov. 18, a move animal welfare advocates said would leave more than 2,000 animals with no care.

“I’m immensely grateful to Barbara Birdsey and others for stepping up and allowing Cape Wildlife Center to operate during the winter months, albeit in a streamlined manner,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society, in a statement.

Birdsey partially supports the Pegasus Foundation.

“We’ve always believed in the extraordinary work of the center, but just haven’t been able to get enough people to invest in this life-saving work,” Pacelle said. “Maybe that changes starting today.”

The center will operate “on a limited scale,” providing emergency care and rehabilitation services as other agencies “work together to develop a plan for continued wildlife rehabilitation services on Cape Cod,” Pacelle said.

The Pegasus Foundation also set up a special fund for the Cape Wildlife Center on its website. To donate, go to or mail checks to The Pegasus Foundation, P.O. Box 787, Hobe Sound, FL, 33475, with a note that the funds are for the center.