Karen's Story

Hi. My name is Karen Brace.  Welcome to my website.

I have been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Virginia since 2012.  I started off working only with squirrels and groundhogs and then, in 2016, someone brought me a box containing 11 of the cutest little opossum joeys ever.  It was love at first sight.  Since then I have been on a mission to rid the world (or at least Virginia) of the misconceptions and misinformation that surround North America's only native marsupial. 

I started Awesome 'Possumz in early 2019 when it was determined that Stuart, one of ‚Äčmy former rehab animals, could not be released back into the wild (see Stuart's Story). The mission of Awesome 'Possumz is to educate the public about the awesomeness of Virginia opossums.


 I am licensed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Virgina Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VADGIF).  I also give wildlife presentations around the Fredericksburg, VA area.  For a schedule of my upcoming wildlife presentations, click here.