found a wild animal in distress?
You should only ever consider rescuing a wild animal in distress IF:
Check out our quick guides to determine if it really needs rescue. Contact your local wildlife rehabilitator if you are unsure.
REMEMBER: IT IS ILLEGAL TO CARE FOR OR KEEP WILD ANIMALS UNLESS YOU ARE A LICENSED AND PERMITTED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR.
YOUR SAFETY SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST!
- Call your local wildlife rehabilitator immediately!
- Use protective gloves and gear to handle the animal
- Do not attempt with large animals or predators
- Be aware of injury potential (talons, teeth, etc.)
- Be aware of possible zoonotic diseases (rabies, etc.)
- Cover their eyes to keep them calm before attempting to handle them
- Put them in a sturdy cardboard box with airholes, or a pet carrier
- Place the box somewhere warm, dark, quiet and safe until it can be transported to a wildlife rehab
- Do not feed the animal or provide it with water unless instructed to do so by a wildlife rehabilitator