We are a small group of volunteers, 

not a large rescue business. 

People who care, putting the animal’s interest first!  

Please pardon our dust as we constantly rebuild our website 


The American Wildlife Refuge Mission Statement

We help rescue birds of prey, rehabilitate injured raptors, release rehabilitated birds, provide a refuge for unreleaseable birds, and  we educate the public about wild raptors in the Raleigh, NC area and beyond.

The American Wildlife Refuge / Raleigh Raptor Refuge is an all volunteer staffed 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  Only licensed personnel and those learning and working with our licensed caretakers handle our birds.  We provide necessary care to rehabilitate temporarily injured raptors and release those able to care for themselves back into the wild.  For birds that are not releasable, we provide refuge facilities and are networked with other rehabbers and organizations all over the country to place birds.

We also provide educational presentations to the public.  Private events for educational purposes to youth groups, service groups, scouting groups, home schools, private parties, parks, libraries, schools, and other groups are available for a nominal fee, and can be tailored to your curriculum.  All proceeds from shows and any and all donations are spent entirely on the care and feeding or the birds and the maintaining of the refuge organization.  No salaries or fees are paid to the volunteers.

Veterinary care is generously provided to the American Wildlife Refuge by Dr Dan Johnson of Avian And Exotic Animal Care.

If you need to report an injured bird, please do not send an email. 
Instead, call us at 919-862-7637

Mailing Address:

American Wildlife Refuge

4501 New Bern Avenue #130-333

Raleigh, NC 27610

Physical Address :

We are not open to the public, so our actual address is not available.   We closed our education center as the rental vcost was too high to maintain and still care for the birds on our limited income.  Please send mail to the UPS store address listed above, and for educational events, please call for your options of locations.


Main phone/ field phone : 919-862-7637

Email: Awrefuge@aol.com


Main:  http://awrefuge.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/American-Wildlife-Refuge-339030704534/

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/American-Wildlife-Refuge-Raptor-Center-Meetup/

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