Updated April 02, 2013

 

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If you find an injured or orphaned animal  

 

NEVER HANDLE A WILD ANIMAL. IF YOU FEEL IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, TAKE PRECAUTIONS.

NEVER USE YOUR BARE HANDS!

PLEASE, DO NOT BRING ANIMALS TO US BEFORE MAKING DIRECT CONTACT VIA PHONE OR E-MAIL. WE ARE A SMALL MAMMAL FACILITY, SO THERE ARE SOME ANIMALS THAT WE DO NOT OR CANNOT TREAT. IN THIS CASE, WE WILL REFER YOU TO ANOTHER REHABILITATOR. SIMPLY LEAVING A MESSAGE ON OUR PHONE AND DEPOSITING THE ANIMAL UNATTENDED AT OUR GATE COULD HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES, AS THE ANIMAL COULD BE KILLED BY A PREDATOR OR DIE FROM TEMPERATURE EXTREMES, DEHYDRATION, OR OTHER FACTORS. UNFORTUNATELY, AS A SMALL FACILITY, WE DO NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR ANSWERING SERVICE, SO WE ARE NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE YOUR CALLS IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE MANY OTHER DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES FROM TENDING TO THE ANIMALS IN OUR CARE TO AIDING SICK FAMILY MEMBERS TO OUR 3AM WAKE UP CALL TO GO TO OUR DAY-JOB THAT HELPS TO PAY URBAN WILDLIFE REHABILITATION’S BILLS. PLEASE WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION BEFORE VENTURING FORTH IN OUR DIRECTION WITH A LITTLE SOUL THAT NEEDS HELP, FOR THE SAKE OF THE ANIMAL’S HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING.

What to Do With an Orphaned Animal

Is it really an orphan? Sometimes an animal is not an orphan. It may have fallen from the nest and its mother will retrieve it when the coast is clear.

If a baby is found with a dead mother, take the baby and callUrban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. immediately!

Orphaned Squirrels, Chipmunks, and Rabbits

If the baby appears uninjured and is warm, leave it where you found it, after all people and noises are gone. If it is cold, place it in a shallow open box with some warm bedding (no towels) and a hot water bottle or other heat source (jar filled with warm water or Ziploc bag filled with warm water).

Watch from a window or other concealed area for the mother to retrieve her baby. The mother WILL NOT come if you are standing nearby.

KEEP PETS INDOORS!

Squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits will generally only retrieve their young during daylight.

If it becomes dark and the mother has not returned, call Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Orphaned Raccoons and Skunks

Nocturnal animals such as raccoons and skunks will generally wait until it is dark to retrieve their young. Place the animal in a cardboard box with some soft bedding, a heat source. Once it is dark, place the box in a quiet area close to where you found the baby. Put a plastic laundry basket over the box, so that the mother will be able to remove the basket to retrieve it and the baby will not be attacked by a predator. Or you can use a reuniting box.

Watch from a window or concealed area. The mother

WILL NOT come if you are standing nearby.

KEEP PETS INDOORS!

If the mother does not come and retrieve her young overnight, call Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.

Also, please visit the Western Massachusetts Rehabilitators’ Association’s webpage for visual guidance on assisting an orphaned, ill, or injured mammal.

Orphaned Bird

If you find an injured or orphaned bird, please visit Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic’s FAQpage for more information and call the clinic for further assistance. Also, please visit the Western Massachusetts Rehabilitators’ Association’s webpage for visual guidance on assisting an orphaned, ill, or injured bird.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Clinic:

(508-839-7918)

Injured Mammal

If you find an injured adult, conscious or unconscious, place a garbage can or recycling bin over it to contain it.

If you find a bat, please refer to Bat World Sanctuary’s webpage for the best course of action. Call Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc for further questions or assistance.

 

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