Injured Animal? Bring it in.
Yes, it's that simple. An injured wild animal can be brought to us any time during our operating hours - no need to call first. We're strictly a hospital - no ambulance service - so the animal does need to be brought to us. Here are some tips on how to safely capture and contain most animals:
- Find a container with a lid that you can secure.
- Punch air holes in the lid.
- If it's a small, non-rabies vector animal, drop a hand/kitchen towel over the animal, gently pick it up and place it in the box with the towel. Secure the lid.
- If it's a larger animal, set the box or transport tub on its side next to the animal. Using your snow shovel gently nudge or slide the animal into the box. Slowly tilt the box upright so the animal gently slides to the bottom of it. Place a towel in the box with the animal to help reduce stress during transport. Secure the lid.
- If it's an animal that can cause you physical harm (herons, loons, swans, fox, etc.), we're happy to help you determine the best approach over the phone (651-486-9453). You can also call your city's non-emergency police number and ask for assistance in containing the animal. They may not bring it to us, you should offer to do the transport when you call them.
Found a Bat?
We have specific information on bat situations.
If We're Closed for the Night...
- Keep the animal in a secure container (kennel carrier, box with lid taped shut, etc.) with a towel, pillowcase or old t-shirt to help reduce stress.
- Place the animal in a room that won't have human or pet traffic (extra bedroom, guest bathroom, heated garage, etc.).
- Keep the lights off in the room.
- Place a heating pad on the floor, under the box/carrier and set it to low. (if you don't have a heating pad, use a disposable hand warmer. Be sure to tuck it under the towel/cloth that you have in the box)
- Do not hand feed the animal. It may aspirate or not be capable of digesting the food. Feel free to put a dish of water in the box as long as it's heavy enough that the patient won't tip it over. (we don't want you to find a cold, wet animal the next morning)
We open at 9am the next day. Please remove the water prior to transport.
Note that with severe trauma some patients may die overnight. Please realize this is not your fault and with massive trauma it most likely would die even in our care. We're thankful for your compassion and for giving the animal a safe, warm place to be overnight.