At CMWR, we strive to successfully nurture, rehabilitate and release injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife to their natural habitats; Educate the local community in environmental, conservation, and habitat destruction issues; Provide information and assistance to the public.
CMWR is located in Lauderdale County and takes in wildlife from all counties located in Central Mississippi including Kemper, Noxubee, Lowndes, Winston, Choctaw, Neshoba, Clarke, Newton, Attala, Leake, Scott, Holmes, Yazoo, Warren, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Simpson, Smith, Jasper, Wayne, and Jones. We will gladly assist with any wildlife call in the state of Mississippi and help locate a licensed wildlife rehabber nearest you!
Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured and/or abandoned native Mississippi Wildlife and release them back to their natural habitats. In order to do so, CMWR is not open to the public. We strive to release the animals we admit back into the wild successfully and in order to do so, they must maintain a healthy fear of humans. Even as rehabbers, we keep human contact extremely limited. The wildlife in our care are also in compromised conditions so we want to keep their stress levels at a minimum. Being in these conditions, this makes them very susceptible to many zoonotic diseases so we can not risk anyone contracting a disease from the animals.
Central Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc is a 501 (c)(3), all volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the emergency and long term care of wildlife native to the state of Mississippi. CMWR was formed to meet the increasing need of wildlife assistance in Central Mississippi.
CMWR, Inc. volunteers admit and care for hundreds of wildlife animals each year with the goal of successfully releasing each animal back into the wild.
Also, due to the documentation of Chronic Wasting Disease, Mississippi is still banned and prohibited from the rehabilitation of whitetail deer. Please note, doe will leave their fawns for hours at a time while mom is out foraging, so if you happen upon a fawn PLEASE leave it be and allow the doe to return for her baby!
Each year we preach this same message but we always end up with kidnapped fawns being brought to us.
Again, WE CAN NOT TAKE ANY DEER under any circumstances and all fawns brought in will be euthanized by the Department of Wildlife and there's absolutely nothing we can do about it so PLEASE DO NOT KIDNAP FAWN because it will be euthanized even if it's perfectly healthy!
If you attempt to keep a fawn and raise it yourself, the Department of Wildlife will confiscate the fawn and it will be euthanized as well. If you do find any fawn with obvious injuries and is unable to survive from them, please contact 1-800-BE-SMART and ask for assistance from a game warden. This was not our decision and we hate to turn wildlife away but we must abide by the state's laws so we can continue saving the species we are allowed to rehabilitate.