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!

    Sept. 27-28 -- Hunting and Fishing days at John H. Logan College

    In the big tent in the kid's area we'll be giving programs throughout both days. Come see us and a multitude of other activities for the whole family.

    Oct. 4 Yard Sale

    Free Again's one big fundraiser is our yard sale at 1001 E. Main (next to Show-Me's) in Carbondale. An eclectic assortment of various household items will be available for your perusal. Come see us twixt 9AM and 3PM. Rain date Sunday Oct. 5.

    October 18 & 19 -- Vulture Fest in Makanda

    Rex and Blackie will be making their annual appearance to enjoy the food, music and great vendors at this all day event.

    September 23, 2014

News Updated 6-12

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4031 Big Muddy Road   Carterville, IL 62918
618-988-1067    Email: