We are not wildlife rehabilitators. If you find an injured or a truly 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. 



If the animal has an obvious injury, please contact a wildlife rehabber or specified veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that some animals are mistaken as injured or ill because of a lack of understanding of what is normal behavior for a wild animal. Please do not waste time searching what to feed the animal. This will do more harm than good and wastes crucial time as the animal needs prompt medical attention.


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.


There are federal and state regulations* in place that do not allow the public to attempt to rehab or raise a young wild animal without proper permits. Requirements for a rehabilitation permit may include 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. The wild animal also has specific dietary and housing requirements in addition to socialization needs that can only be met by being placed with conspecifics.

*Federal regulations protect birds listed under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act via the USFWS. Most state wildlife agencies have regulations that prevent the public from having a wild animal in their possession for over a certain time period without proper permits. 


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. Wild animals are worthy of receiving professional attention and care and to not be treated like a temporary project or as a pet.

Below 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. 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 very busy tending to numerous patients. 



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Wildlife Resources and Education Network is a 501c3 non-profit.

We are an all volunteer organization.

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