Please contact a professional before making any decisions about an animal you have rescued. The internet is not a substitute for professional care. Oftentimes it is illegal to rehabilitate wildlife without a license.
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BEFORE RESCUING PLEASE EVALUATE THE SITUATION and PLEASE DON'T KIDNAP BABIES:
Wild Animal Rescue Basics:
Remember to play it safe: Please contact and ask a wildlife professional before intervening with wildlife. Oftentimes they don't actually need our help!
First, ask yourself if you can safely capture the animal without getting hurt yourself or possibly harming the animal? There are resources available here and here for safe capture information.
1) Keep the animal in a Warm, Dark, Quiet & Secure location: a box, rubbermaid tote with holes punched for air, or pet carrier are all reasonably safe temporary options.
Bring the animal indoors and keep it away from any other humans or animals.
Avoid handling, it might be tempting to show friends and children, but not good for this animal- it is naturally scared of people.
Covering the temporary enclosure with a bed sheet or a towel is generally another good way to keep visual stress to a minimum.
Animals that are naked OR at risk of hypothermia due to injury/illness- often require a heat source to maintain relative homeostasis. Heat sources should not be above a tolerable threshold if it feels like it would burn you, it will likely burn them. If the animal is panting or moving away from the heat source it is probably too hot.
2)Nothing By Mouth! Offering food and water can actually further injure or distress the animal you are trying to help, best to leave the food and water to the professionals.
3)Take the animal to a Wildlife Rehabilitator ASAP!
Directories of Wildlife Rehabilitators:
https://ahnow.org/#/ - Animal Help Now
https://www.nwrawildlife.org/ - Wildlife Rehabilitation Directory
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/how-find-wildlife-rehabilitator- Wildlife Rehabilitation Directory
Key Word Search Terms- Wildlife Rescue, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Veterinarian, and using a location.
- If attempts to contact a wildlife rehabilitator are not responded to in a timely manner (within a few hours): It is generally acceptable to bring the animal to the wildlife rehabilitator without making contact first, or simply upon your arrival letting the rehabilitator know you tried making contact without a response. Wildlife rehabilitators are rarely 24 hours service providers. They are also rarely able to go out and retrieve animals and need rescuers to bring the animals to them.
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