Tips for orphaned animal situations

Growing up with its wild family is always a better option for a young wild animal. We're here to help you assess how to help an infant or juvenile animal.

Some basics:

1) If any of these are a yes, simply bring the animal in during our operating hours. No need to call first:
 - bleeding/obviously injured/you can see bruising
 - emaciated/ribs showing
 - has flies, worms or ants on it
 - has been handled by a cat
 - was alone outside overnight or all day long
 - was sitting next to a deceased parent

2) if it's a bunny that is larger than a tennis ball, and its ears are upright, it's old enough to be on its own! They're not incredibly savvy to all the danges in life yet, so you may want to check to see if it's sitting in the yard before letting your dogs out, mowing your lawn, etc. If it is, just shoo it under a shrub or bush.

3) if you find a group of squirrels at the base of a tree, leave them. Mom is actively moving them to a new nest. She can only move them one at a time. It may take her all day, just let her go about her business. If she leaves any behind after dusk, she is not coming back for them. Bring them inside, keep them warm overnight (do not feed them) and bring them in to us in the morning (we open at 9am).

4) if a dog has dug up a bunny nest and the bunnies are uninjured, put them back in the nest and cover them with the nest material. Take a laundry basket and a couple tent stakes, and anytime you let your dog out into the yard, simply put the laundry basket over the nest like a protective dome. Stake it to the ground so the dog cannot push it off the nest. Incredibly simple! Will allow you and your dog to enjoy your yard all day long. Just remember to uncover the nest when you bring your dog inside.

5) if you find a lone ducklings, or ducklings who are obviously without their mom, simply bring them to us. Important: Do not put the ducklings in water or give them a dish of water that they can sit in. They are not waterproofed at a young age. We don't want you to end up with hypothermic or dead ducklings.

6) if it's a fawn, leave the fawn where it is and call us.


Any other questions about what to do with infant or young animals, just give us a call (651-486-9453). We're very busy right now but we will call you back. Please be sure to leave a number we can reach you at, with a working voicemail, and a description of the situation.

Thank you for helping us keep healthy animals in the wild with their families!