Find an Injured or Orphaned Wild Animal?
Please step back a moment and 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, 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 it's 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.)
You can also learn more about common baby animals here if you've found young wildlife and you aren't sure what to do. We've given some specific suggestions for dealing with the most common baby animals in this area (birds, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, and deer). [Please excuse us! As it is the off-season, we are currently improving our website. The information contained in all links may not yet be complete. For further information, please call us at 919-428-0896. Thanks for your patience.]
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, DO NOT attempt to handle. Call a local rehabilitator immediately for instructions.
Remember: Handling any wild animal can be dangerous.
For general information, please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.