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.


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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

2022 - Our First full Year

From our Founder


Hello ~

It is my honor to invite you to join me as I reflect on the first full year of operation of Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation. Our team had a lot of goals and dreams for 2022 and I am proud to share with you that we succeeded in accomplishing them.

  -  Our Board of Directors expanded to include two of our weekly Animal Care Assistants, beginning in 2023.
  -  We increased our release capacity by adding another release cage; this goal will be expanded upon again in 2023.
  -  We applied for and received our General Wildlife Rehabilitation permit.
  -  Our standard operating procedures (SOP's) have been refined to better reflect actual practice and efficiencies learned.
  -  Volunteer and Internship programs were written and instituted.
  -  We enhanced our public educational programming to include One Book One School Program.

Although this wasn't in our plan, we obtained an additional Ambassador, a woodchuck we named Elliott. He is proving to be an incredible addition to our programming and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Having the live male/female versions of the same species allows for a much more in depth opportunity during our public education and outreach programming.

We are proud of our accomplishments, growth towards the future, and are excited to see what 2023 brings.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow!

With Sincere Gratitude,

Betsy D. Shank, CWR

Founder & Executive Director

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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 Elliott 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.