We are open for business!

Our business hours are:

Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm

Closed on Sunday

(the rest of the time we are providing care to the animals, this is a 24/7 job)

Please call us or contact us on our social channels if you've found an animal and need assistance.

Please take a moment to learn about us and what we do. You can help us grow by donating today.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and we are sales tax exempt in the state of Pennsylvania. Follow us on social media to meet our educational animals, see the progress of our patients, and to follow our progress.

Wildlife rehabilitation is not a single person or organization.  It is a community of rehabilitators, veterinarians, volunteers, and most important, supporters.


Snags Profile Pic 2020

About Us

how it started


While mowing the yard on April 16, 2010, I found a baby squirrel. After realizing he was still alive I frantically starting picking the maggots off him and hit Google with a pace unknown to most. I learned a lot that day, most specifically, what a rehabilitator is and what they do!

Almost a year later I lost my job in corporate America and started a sewing business making bedding and enrichment items for small caged animals. My target market was/is wildlife rehabilitators and the sewing business gave me the wonderful fortune of meeting rehabilitators from all over the United States and abroad.

Over the course of the next few years, I slowly and carefully navigated my way through the process to obtain my own license(s), while sub-permitting under another rehabilitator. During those years Snags the Squirrel and Poppy the Groundhog came along and with them came mentors and lifelong friends.

There was a dream of opening my own facility, a facility specializing in the little guys, the underdogs, the squirrels, bunnies, groundhogs, etc. During the chaos of 2020, I decided it was time to make it happen!
baby eating block


Starting 2021

2021 - Our First Year

From our Founder


Dear Friends:

The events of 2020 led me to form the organization and revive a long-buried dream. I don’t really need to tell you that 2021 has been a challenging year. However, thanks to your support, Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation had the resources to help our native wildlife return to their lives in the wild.

Acorn Acres opened its doors to accept wildlife on April 4, 2021, accepting 158 animals, since that day, in various forms of need. What started as a rehabilitator, 2 sub-permittees, and a board of directors rapidly grew to include 12 part-time or seasonal volunteers.

The plan was to develop the processes and procedures, build the Intermediate Housing Area and Release Caging, implement volunteer management software and proper phone system, and to slowly and methodically start building the volunteer team. Participating in the ExtraOrdinary Give was a distant goal and we were prepared to not participate until 2022 or 2023.

Everything was going as planned albeit quickly and then the Fall season of babies beat us up. The hurricane took us to 3 times our capacity in less than 24 hours. We suddenly needed volunteers and an additional 10 hours in each day! We needed to be in ExtraOrdinary Give this year and we needed more cages.

We were contacted by SCORE and informed that we were their success story for October, we joined our community as a participant in the Millersville Community Parade, were honored with a request to speak at the Red Creek Wildlife Center 30th Year Gala on how they helped us come to be, and then ExtraOrdinary Give when the community truly rallied and showed their support in spades.

All the while we had the distinct privilege of caring for the little wild lives you brought to us. Please enjoy this video as a 4-minute review of the last 9 months!

May 2022 be everything we all want it to be. Happy New Year!

With Sincere Gratitude,

Betsy D. Shank, CWR

Founder & Executive Director


Click the pic to see our video!
animals helped
average days in rehab

event & program attendance

donors helped

Our Services

Happy Clients

Our services begin when you contact us about an animal or with a question.

year round

We are here for you and the animals all year, even in the winter.


If your group or team would like to help support our mission with a project, let's talk!


We take our responsibility very seriously. Every little life deserves a chance.


We do not charge for our rehab services. Instead we depend on the generosity of our finders, friends, neighbors, and communities.


Programs and events at your location, with our educational ambassador animals; Snags the Squirrel and Poppy the Groundhog are available for a fee.


We do NOT offer facility tours.  We are not permitted to do so and it's not in the best interest of our patients, the animals, while they are recovering.


We promise to post as many cute and adorable pictures, stories, and updates on our social media channels as possible. Be sure to follow, like, and share!

Contact Us

PO Box 201, Millersville, PA 17551

Get in Touch

If you're interested in booking a program or would like us to appear at your event, please contact us using the form below.