Promoting the understanding of nature and the protection of wildlife
✦ Found an Injured or Orphaned Wild Animal? ✦
Please use caution.
If you've found a sick or injured wild animal, please call us at (919) 428-0896 or contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area as soon as possible.
If you've found a baby animal in need of intervention that doesn't appear to be in immediate danger, before you interact with the animal, please call us at (919) 428-0896 for advice on how to proceed. Often, people with good intentions actually do harm by trying to save orphaned wildlife that they believe to be in danger. Many animals that are "rescued" are actually going through the natural process of growing up. Like you, we want what is best for the animal, so we need to be sure that the animal has been orphaned before it is removed from its initial surroundings. Please call and let one of our volunteers talk you through making this determination.
We will be happy to guide you on how to help the animal you've found and consider what steps need to be taken next. If we do not answer your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. All of our volunteers are probably with the opossums, squirrels, or other wildlife. If you've found young wildlife and you aren't sure what to do, you can also learn more about common baby animals here. We've given some specific suggestions for dealing with the most common baby animals in this area (birds, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, and deer).
NOTE: Special care should be taken in dealing with the following animals which have a higher potential for carrying rabies. Rabies Vector Species (RVS) include raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, and groundhogs. When you encounter an animal of these species, please DO NOT attempt to handle them. Call a local rehabilitator immediately for instructions.
*Remember: Handling any wild animal can be dangerous.
For general information, please send your inquiries to email@example.com. Please don't send email regarding an animal needing care. Always call 919-428-0896 and leave a message for a prompt response. Thank you!