Oaken Acres Wildlife Center was founded in 1984 and has cared for over 17,000 injured and orphaned wild animals; 903 in 2018 alone. Each year our numbers and the demand for our services grow. We never charge anyone who brings us a wild animal in need. Oaken Acres is one of the only centers in northern Illinois that accepts all species. Every animal deserves our compassion. From mice to coyotes to fawns, sparrows to robins to eagles and everything in between, we live our motto - EVERY LIFE MATTERS!