Found An Animal?
To find a local wildlife rehabber near you please visit this link here.
Most people don't realize that keeping any wildlife is illegal unless you have the proper licenses to do so. If you find a baby animal you need to keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place and call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Handle the baby the least amount possible. Improper care and handling can compromise the baby's health, recovery and chances for eventual release. Wildlife at any age is severely stressed in a human's care. What we see as comfort, such as holding and cuddling, they see as a life threatening situation. This stress can have serious impact on their health and can even be fatal.
Please use these links for the animal you found:
If it is determined that care is needed please get the animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area as soon as possible. Do not try and take care of the animal yourself. This is dangerous for both you and the animal.
- Use gloves, a net, or a towel to pick up the animal very carefully.
- Keep the animal calm by placing in a closed container with air holes (e.g. a cardboard box or pet carrier) and on something soft (e.g a towel).
- Keep it in a quiet, dark, and warm place. If you have a heating pad, turn the setting on low and put the container half on and half off the heating pad.
- Do not give food to an injured or orphaned animal unless you have been directed to do so by a wildlife rehabber. Improperly feeding of an animal can cause significant harm up to and including death.
- Remember that this is a wild animal that is scared and stressed. Please refrain from excessively looking at the animal and never attempt to pet it. It most likely sees us as a predator and stress can be fatal.
- The sooner you get them to a licensed rehabber means a better chance for a full recovery.