Our Passion

Following the loss of our daughter, Holly, in February of 2004 my wife Kim and I found that nurturing animals in need was a way to cope with our loss.

Over the course of the last several years we have grown the scope of wildlife for which we provide care. Animals big and small make their way to Holly’s Nest each year to be rehabilitated and released to back into the wild. Your donation to Holly’s Nest will go directly to the care and treatment of these beloved fawns, groundhogs, squirrels, opossums, and beavers.

Visit our How to Help page for tips on how to assist an animal in need that you might come across. The wildlife that come to Holly’s Nest are brought to us from wildlife officers, other rehabbers, and concerned neighbors from throughout the state.

Your compassion and concern for these animals allow us to do what we love, but we cannot do this on compassion alone. Our goal at Holly’s Nest is to nurture and rehabilitate animals until they are capable of entering the wild again, but we cannot do it without your help. Your donations help us make sure they are fed, treated, and housed until they are ready for their release.

In closing, we appreciate your interest and donation to Holly’s Nest. Many have asked if they could visit the facility and see that amazing work that is being done here. Unfortunately, we do not allow visitors. New people showing up daily to visit the orphaned and sick animals creates a level of stress upon them that they cannot recover from. These are animals that have been removed from their natural habitat and are sick or injured. In order to keep up with our progress with the animals your donation helps to save please visit our Photos page which will be continually update.  Also, our blog will be updated weekly to tell tales of our success and stories of our losses.

Your donations will go directly to helping wildlife and each donation will receive an electronic receipt documenting your 501c3 nonprofit donation. Thank you for your concern for the wildlife around you.

Our team

Byron Wortham


Byron served in the US Navy. He’s a fan of the Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers and enjoys watching both with a large order of chicken wings. Enjoying the state fair and the fall weather is Byron’s favorite time of the year.

Kim Wortham


Kim loves to spend hours walking with her dogs by the river. Her perfect breakfast (or snack) is a hot cup of coffee and cold Krispy Kreme donuts!

Dan Laney


Dan serves in the Army National Guard and has a knack for figuring out how to solve and complete difficult indoor and outdoor projects. He loves coffee and his spending time with his dogs.