Free Again

Free Again, Inc. began in 1988 by Beverly Shofstall, while working as a veterinary technician at Central Hospital for Animals in Herrin. The facility has since grown and now takes in over 450 animals annually. We are Southern Illinois's largest and only all species facility. A dedicated staff of volunteers provides nursing and hospital care to distressed wildlife.

The purposes of Free Again are:

  • to rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife for return to their natural environment
  • to study the behavior and diseases of wildlife
  • to educate the public on the importance of all wildlife in our environment.

Some animals, primarily non-releasable birds of prey, are kept for educational programs in order for Free Again to continue educating children and adults around the region.

Upcoming Events

Free Again comes to your local library!

    December 7 -- Alternative Gift Fair

    This is a great opportunity to get unique gifts from non-profit organizations and have fun at the same time. We will be offering our popular Animal Sponsorship Certificates. 2-5 p.m. Location is the Carbondale Civic Center.

    Complete info on this flier image.

    November 18, 2014

News Updated 6-12

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Conservation through Rehabilitation and Education
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4031 Big Muddy Road   Carterville, IL 62918
618-988-1067    Email: