For most of us, summer is a season for sunshine and relaxation. For animal rescue services, it’s also baby season.
Between February and October — but especially in the summer — you’re much more likely to come across baby animals that appear sick, injured, or abandoned. Our advice: Trust the pros.
Meet Wildlife Welfare
Wildlife Welfare coordinates local rehabilitators to care for orphaned, sick, and injured animals before releasing them back to their native habitats. They also improve and educate our ecological community through their rehabber training, printable care plans, and volunteer opportunities.
Never guess when it comes to animal care. Read Wildlife Welfare’s basic care instructions, then call the species-specific rehabber provided and leave a detailed message. But before you do…
Assess the situation
Many animals brought into wildlife rehabilitation centers aren’t actually abandoned. An animal displaying no indicators of distress or injury may just be waiting for mom. If the animal is bleeding or obviously injured, it’s time to get the experts involved.
Be mindful of the animal’s wellbeing
Don’t act immediately when you’ve determined an animal is abandoned. Human contact stresses the animal and could lead to injury and disease (to you and the animal). Human food or improper feeding techniques can also cause harm. Keep a close eye, call Wildlife Welfare’s recorded information line at (919) 387-1662, and follow the instructions on their website.
At this point, you’re in good hands. Follow their instructions to safely bring in the animal, and go cash in on your good deed for the day. Mother Nature thanks you.