Saving Lives, Preserving Wildlife, Enriching the Environment

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a 120-acre preserved farm located in Warren County, New Jersey, is a wildlife rehabilitation center that provides vital care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals, the Sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitating these animals back to health so they can be returned to the wild where they belong.

Our mission is also to actively educate the public on the importance of:

  • Caring for the ecosystems
  • Supporting the environment in which we live
  • Respecting the wildlife with whom we share this environment
  • Protecting and preserving our native lands for the future wildlife habitat

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501©3 non-profit organization supported entirely by public donations and volunteers. We receive no local, state or federal funding.

With over 1000 animals a year brought to our facility, WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Did you know it costs $175.00 per animal per month to provide proper care?

Please help us today with a generous donation.

    • Credit Card donations can be made using the PayPal Donate button

  • Send your tax-deductible check made payable to Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, 52 County Road 661, Newton, NJ 07860.

And call us at 973-800-2420 to find out other ways to help.


Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (ARWS) is a wildlife rehabilitation center that provides care to orphaned or injured wildlife.  ARWS is licensed by the state of New Jersey to care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals.  The Sanctuary is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Warren County on  a 120 acre reserved farm and is entirely supported by public donations.

The mission of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary is to:  provide care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wild animals; rehabilitate them back to their wild state so they can be returned to their natural habitat;  actively educate the public to care for and support the ecosystems and the environment they share with wildlife;  and to protect and preserve our native lands.

About Us
Antler Ridge Farm was purchased by Kelly Corless and husband Jim Simonetti in 2000 and is registered under the farm land preservation program of New Jersey.  This means the 120 acre farm is preserved and can never be developed.  Over the years, some of the land has been restored to the original farming fields and the rest is being maintained as a wildlife sanctuary.  The loss of habitat in New Jersey has put a tremendous strain on the wildlife populations.  Under the guidance and direction of several agencies such as the Audubon Society, tree farm stewardship and ridge and valley conversation is practiced on this property to maintain and nurture the flora and fauna native to New Jersey.

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, as stated above, was started a year after the farm and is a licensed New Jersey rehabilitation center. Established as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2008, ARWS is supported exclusively by public donations and grants.  We are staffed by experienced volunteers providing care for animals 7 days a week, all year round.

All animals received at ARWS are provided ongoing care from admission through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and then discharge.   Each step of the process is critical to the goal of successful release while maintaining human safety and preventing  human imprinting.

Wildlife native to Northern New Jersey have been under a lot of stress due to development of large tracts of land, and deforestation for housing developments, malls and golf courses.  ARWS believes we all must do our part in helping to preserve habitat for these animals and encourages the public to help save natural land parcels by supporting local and national conservation programs.  Something as small as creating an animal habitat in your back yard will help.  Many of these agencies are listed as links on this web site..

NOTE: It is illegal in the State of New Jersey to possess or raise a wild animal without a permit unless you are transporting that animal to a licensed NJ wildlife rehabilitator.

About the Director

Kelly Corless – Founder, Director

Kelly has enjoyed a long career in care giving. A graduate of nursing school, Kelly worked as an RN for 20 years, while also volunteering her time to St Hubert’s Animal Shelter in Madison, NJ where she cared for the many sick animals in the shelter. She has also held an animal control license since 1998, and has volunteered many hours with the local animal rescue groups.

During the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Kelly helped organize and mobilize the Morris County Animal Rescue Team. She was one of the primary organizers in the animal rescue efforts provided by St Hubert’s Animal Welfare and Sussex County Animal Rescue Team to transport and house the left-behind animals from the Katrina Disaster. In 2000, she and her husband Jim purchased the land now known as Antler Ridge Farm. During that year, she also completed her training in wildlife rehabilitation and was granted a license from the State of New Jersey to practice. Since then, the Sanctuary has grown in leaps and bounds under her auspicious and dedicated leadership.

How to Help an Injured Animal

If the baby is visibly injured, its mother has been attacked by a house pet or other animal, or you have seen the baby’s condition worsen over a couple days, you should bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

  1. Safety: Animals will bite or scratch. Wear gloves or use a towel to pick the animal up.
  2. Quiet: Reducing noise around the animal reduces stress on the animal.
  3. Dark: Darkness also reduces stress for the animal.
  4. Warm: Sick or infant wildlife may have trouble keeping warm. Place the animal on a towel over a heating pad or by a warm water bottle-no hotter than you’d use for a human baby.
  5. Do not try to feed it or give it water; you could do more harm than good.

Call your local licensed wildlife rehabilitated for assistance as soon as possible.
A list of New Jersey licensed wildlife rehabilitated is available online at www.njawr.com.

If You Have to Transport the Animal

  1. Prepare a container. Place a soft cloth on the bottom of a cardboard box or cat/dog carrier with a lid. If it doesn’t have air holes, make some. For smaller animals, you can use a paper sack with air holes punched in.
  2. Protect yourself. Wear gloves, if possible. Some animals may bite or scratch to protect themselves, even if sick; wild animals commonly have parasites (fleas, lice, ticks) and carry diseases.
  3. Cover the animal with a light sheet or towel.
  4. Gently pick up the animal and put it in the prepared container.
  5. Warm the animal if it’s cold out or if the animal is chilled. Put one end of the container on a heating pad set on low. Or fill a zip-top plastic bag, plastic soft drink container with a screw lid, or a rubber glove with hot water; wrap warm container with cloth, and put it next to the animal. Make sure the container doesn’t leak, or the animal will get wet and chilled.
  6. Tape the box shut or roll the top of the paper bag closed.
  7. Note exactly where you found the animal. This will be very important for release.
  8. Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place.
  9. Wash your hands after contact with the animal. Wash anything the animal was in contact with – towel, jacket, blanket, pet carrier – to prevent the spread of diseases and/or parasites to you or your pets.

Don’t give the animal food or water. Do NOT feed it infant formula – it will kill the animal you are trying to help!

Leave the animal alone; don’t handle or bother it.
Keep children and pets away.
Don’t keep the animal at your home longer than necessary.
Keep the animal in a container; don’t let it loose in your house or car.

NOTE: It is illegal in the state of New Jersey to possess or raise a wild animal without a permit unless you are transporting that animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
52 County Road 661,
Newton, NJ 07860 (open map)

Phone: 973-800-2420