Dr. Shannon James, DVM, PLLC

Veterinary Relief Services

“A helping paw!”

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Dr. Shannon James

In 2016 I began a full fledged wildlife rehabilitation service. I obtained my license from the Department of Environmental Conservation and have been taking in birds and mammals of all types ever since! 

 In my first year alone, I successfully raised and released three orphaned white tailed fawns, numerous gray and red squirrels that had fallen from nests, and more baby starlings and sparrows than I can count. I anticipate that this year will bring many more babies that will be in need of my care until they can become self-sufficient in the wild and live the free life that they were meant to live


Wildlife rehabilitation is not for the light of heart, and it is an expensive endeavor for which there is no monetary compensation and it is extremely time consuming.  It requires hours upon hours of feedings, cleanings, and care - each new animal brought in is an added expense as well as another mouth to feed.  Just last year alone I purchased and built several animal enclosures in order to house the wildlife while under my care. Included in this were an enormous outdoor squirrel enclosure for a soft-release site as well as a large fawn enclosure.  I would love to take in all of the animals in the world, but with limited supplies, I unfortunately must also limit the numbers of each species that I can bring in and adequately care for.  That is where the community outreach comes into the equation. I have had so much support from my immediate veterinary community in terms of supply donations.  Donations included things such as animal food, animal transport carriers and medications.  These hospitals have helped me to be able to take in more animals due to their support and I would like to thank them greatly for this:

Bond Animal Hospital in White Plains, NY
Montgomery Veterinary Hospital in Montgomery, NY
Brewster Animal Hospital in Brewster, NY
Danbury Animal Welfare Society in Bethel, CT

I am looking forward to another amazing year of wildlife rehabilitation and I can't wait to see what comes my way.  The goals I would like to accomplish this year are to add another soft release squirrel enclosure to the property in order to accommodate more squirrel litters of different age groups. I would also like to build an outdoor soft release bird aviary for the final stages of raise and release of our feathered friends once they reach maturity.   I would also love to build another fawn barn for the fawn enclosure.  With the help of community outreach and support, I hope to be able to accomplish these goals and continue to grow my rescue.


10 ways to make your local rehabber happy.
1. Call immediately when you find orphaned or injured wildlife. Not in 12 hours, not in two days, immediately.
2. Ignore all the websites that tell you how to make homemade formula but pay attention to all the ones that say "DO NOT FEED ANYTHING TO THE BABY!".
3. Believe us when we say "Put the bunny back."
4. Slip a monetary donation into the blankets next to the orphan you just brought in. $2, $10, $100....no amount is too small and it not only helps provide for the baby you just brought but it also serves as a reminder that she/he IS appreciated.
5. Understand that gas money and driving detracts from formula money and care giving so most rehabbers do not drive to capture or pick up patients and are reliant on finders and volunteers to get them where they need to be.
6. Patiently answer each question you're asked no matter how silly or irrelevant it seems.
7. Put the bunny back.
8. Give ample time for call backs. Most rehabbers have full time jobs and families in addition to sick or injured wild animals to deal with and won't always be able to answer immediately.
9. Cooperate when asked to follow steps to attempt reuniting an infant with its parents.
10. Seriously, put the bunny back.

Shannon James

Dr. Shannon James, DVM, PLLC

About Me

I was born and raised locally, in Westchester County, NY. I attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee and enjoyed 5 years of living in beautiful East Tennessee.  From there, I traveled to Austin, Texas and worked at a busy small animal practice alongside three wonderful veterinarians.  Although I loved my job and friends that I had made while living there, I returned to my hometown in order to be closer to family.  For the past two years, I have been working at a busy practice in lower Westchester. Although I have ventured off onto my own as a full time relief veterinarian, I continue to work there per diem in order to continue caring for patients that I have been seeing throughout the years.

I have years of experience in small animal medicine. My flexibility allows me to adapt to each practice’s needs and medical record systems to help their practice continue normal operation while their full time veterinarian is away.  I have always had excellent feedback from clients and fellow coworkers and work well with others. I pride myself on the quality of medicine I practice as well as my cheerful attitude and my ability to adjust to a variety of different situations relatively quickly.

Dr. Shannon James, DVM, PLLC

Dr. Shannon James, DVM, PLLC


Shannon James

Licenses and Insurance
  1. New York Veterinary License
  2. Connecticut Veterinary Liscense
  3. Tennessee Veterinary License
  4. Colorado Veterinary License
  1. Current DEA License



  1. I carry my own professional liability insurance
  2. I carry my own health insurance

Shannon James

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