Ales for Animals is a fun, family-friendly event to benefit Almost Home Pet Adoption Center, Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue and the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be held on April 9th, 2022, from noon to 5:30PM at Blue Mountain Barrel House in Arrington, VA. The Barrel House is conveniently located off Route 29 only about 30 miles from both Charlottesville and Lynchburg. Come listen to live music, meet animals of all types and sizes and enjoy great food and ales from the Barrel House.

Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door
Children 12 and under free!
Live Music: 12:30-2:30 Sally Rose
3:00-5:00 Eli Cook

Food, beer, wine, cider, and other beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day from Blue Mountain Barrel House & Smokin’ Barrel Restaurant.
Purchase raffle tickets at the event to further support the cause and win exciting prizes donated by our community!


Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary recently partnered with the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative (VSWCC) to aid in their efforts in reducing animal-vehicle conflicts and improving safe wildlife passage. Director Brie Hashem sat down with Katie Keller from Wild Virginia, a driving force behind VSWCC, to discuss wildlife crossings.
  Click the link below to listen to the podcast!

The Animal Queen!

Thanks to the Click&Pledge Video Series for selecting 
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuarys founder, Nathou,
 as a community "Unsung Hero" and producing this wonderful video! Enjoy!

Raccoon Release

You might be surprised by what we've been using to help with raccoon releases this year...a repurposed deer-hunting stand! 
We like to "soft-release" many of our rehabilitation patients, which means we give them access to food and shelter for the first few days (or weeks, depending on the species) after they've been released. The hunting stand has enabled us to put raccoon crates up on a platform that is difficult for many other animals to reach, but they can also easily access trees surrounding the platform to climb and explore. The platform has helped our released patients get adjusted to a world without enclosure walls. 
It only took this group featured in the video a few minutes to start learning about their new, wild home. We look forward to using this awesome set-up in the future for the dozens of raccoons we rescue, rehabilitate, and release annually. 

The Bat House is in use!

Following the lifting of the bat rehabilitation moratorium by the VDGIF, RWS promptly received 9 baby big brown bats. Once they were big enough to leave the nursery they moved out and into the just recently finished bat enclosure. The highlight of the move was for staff to witness their first flights in the enclosure - circling and avoiding the hanging pool noodles (placed to provide avoidance training) Four have now been released!

Special Thanks to Leslie Sturges of The Save Lucy Campaign

Spring 2021 Newsletter
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Our annual silent art auction to benefit RWS. 
            WILD ABOUT ART will be held from April 16th to April 30th, ONLINE.
Guests bid on fabulous art and more, and support a great cause!
Visit the Auction Website:  
Interested in sponsoring a future event or donating artwork? Contact us at

An Event Sponsired by
Blue Mountain Brewery 

Mark Your Calandar!
Enjoy a local craft beer and help support RWS!!!

On April 22, $1 from every draft beer sold at both Blue Mountain locations will be donated to local animal charities.  Benefiting organizations include Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, Almost Home Nelson County SPCA, and Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue.
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary: Supporting Native Species (ONLINE)​​​​​​​

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role in our communities by being a first-step resource when someone encounters a wild animal in need. Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary aims to reduce wildlife suffering in Central Virginia by rehabilitating injured and orphaned native species. Founded in 2004 out of their founder's home, they have since expanded to a 20 acre facility in gorgeous Nelson County where their 50+ enclosures cater to nearly all native species in Virginia. RWS typically intake over 800 wild animal patients every year! That number continues to trend upward as they continue developing and urbanizing their landscapes.
So how do we become better neighbors to our local wildlife, and why should we care in the first place? And what on earth do wildlife rehabbers actually do? In this virtual learning program with The Center, RWS Outreach Coordinator and wildlife rehabilitator Sarah Cooperman will tell you about what goes into the process of "Rescue, Rehab, and Release." Sarah will also introduce you to some of our furry, feathered, and scaly education animal ambassadors who live year-round at RWS. Learn their stories and all about our fascinating, helpful wild neighbors here in Virginia during this fun-filled glimpse into the world of wildlife rehabilitation! Free and open to all.

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Meeting ID: 890 5143 3620
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