Please read the instructions thoroughly before contacting us via e-mail so that the animal in need receives appropriate help as quickly as possible.
During this very busy season, many rehabbers are at full capacity and are not able to accept any new patients. We will do our best to assist. Please review the instructions below before e-mailing us for any requests.
We are not wildlife rehabilitators. If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, please use Animal Help Now to find the nearest permitted wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian able to triage wildlife. The person responsible for finding the injured or orphaned animal is usually the best option for transport as opposed to searching possibly hours or days to find transport help.
Young wildlife is often mistaken as orphans due to a lack of understanding on how wild mammalian and avian parents interact with their young. Before you pick up a young wild animal that is not obviously injured, please consult with a professional rehabber or use the resources here. Young birds are on the ground for a certain period of time, depending on species, while learning how to fly and forage or hunt. Young rabbits and fawns are left alone the majority of the day. Renesting and reuniting young wildlife is always the best option. Their natural parents are the best providers allowing them to have the greatest chance for survival.
It is against federal regulations and most state regulations to attempt to rehab or raise a young wild animal without proper permits which can require a test, volunteer hours (detailed experience), and building and having enclosures inspected. So it is unlikely that you will receive a permit because you want to raise the animal you found. And wildlife rehabbers are typically inundated with patients that were mistaken as orphans and then traumatized by improper handling or ill due to improper diet. Because wildlife rehabbers only have so much funding and housing capacity, this leaves little room for animals that genuinely need their help. Do your part by heeding professional advice. Young wild animals are worthy of receiving professional attention and care and to not be treated like a temporary project or as a pet.
Here are resources for determining if a wild animal needs intervention. Feel free to e-mail us with questions or contact your local rehabber for further advice. Do not waste time deciding what to feed a young wild animal. This will do more harm than good and wastes crucial time for renesting and reuniting or transporting to a permitted rehabber.
If you are unable to provide transportation for a wildlife emergency in Alabama, Georgia, or Tennessee, we will do our best to assist. We cannot provide transport help in any other state besides the three listed above. We must have permission from a rehabilitator or veterinarian to accept the animal in need before we can transport. Please make arrangements with a permitted wildlife rehabilitator or veterinary clinic to receive the animal before contacting us for transportation assistance using Animal Help Now or the state listings below. It is very common to not find help within an hour from your location. Using Animal Help Now, you can extend your search by searching via county or the next closest city. Give wildlife rehabbers some time to respond as they are tending to numerous patients.
We cannot guarantee any services due to the following:
- We are still building our networks throughout these states.
- All of our transporters are volunteers and may or may not be available depending on the day and time.
- Our volunteers may be assisting with other emergencies.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook for assistance with transportation once you have located and made contact with a rehabber or veterinarian willing to accept the animal into their care or if you need further help with a young wild animal in determining if intervention is needed.
Please be detailed in describing why you need assistance and provide the following:
- submit a picture for species ID and aging
- cell phone number (we can respond quicker via text or e-mail)
- e-mail address
- physical address where the animal is located
- whether or not the animal is contained
- reason the animal was removed from his or her habitat
With these details, we will be able assist in a timely manner. We require a picture since many species are misidentified. We commonly have calls about hawks that are songbirds, young squirrels that are young rats, among other cases. The correct ID is crucial to the animal receiving timely help and determines where an animal will go as rehabilitators and veterinarians do not typically accept all wild species. Thank you!
For inquiries on volunteering – email@example.com
All other inquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Resources and Education Network (WREN)
PO Box 935
Jonesborough, TN 37659
General inquiries – email@example.com
Volunteer – firstname.lastname@example.org