Found an animal?


To locate a wildlife rehabilitator in your area of Georgia, please look at this list.

To locate a wildlife rehabilitator in another state, please search this site.

If you find a baby mammal…

If you have come across a baby mammal, please begin by reading this instructional PDF.

If you have determined that the mammal is an orphan or injured, it is imperative that you get it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.  If you cannot transfer the animal within three hours of finding it, to the following:

  1. Get a container with air holes.  Depending on the size of the animal, a shoebox or paper box will work well.
  2. Put some soft bedding in the box.  Old towels, washcloths, (clean) rags, or even grass work well.
  3. Put the box near a heat-source.  If you have a heating pad, put the heating pad underneath half of the box (this way, the animal can move away from the heat if it gets too warm).  A hot water bottle, rice bag, or hand warmers work well for this, too.
  4. Using gloves, put the animal in the box and put the box in a quiet, dark place.  If you haven’t already, call a wildlife rehabilitator.
  5. Most likely, the infant is dehydrated.  Unfortunately, it is very easy to aspirate a baby animal, so we recommend the public not try to give the animal water unless they have to.  Get a syringe or small dropper and fill it with water.  Holding the baby upright, drip a little water into its mouth.  Some babies will take to the water and start to suck right away – others take days to “get” it (and by that point, the animal will be with a rehabilitator – lucky you!).  Do not force the water in!  If you force the intake of water, it may go down the windpipe and aspirate the baby.
  6. Unless directed by a wildlife rehabilitator, do NOT feed the animal!  Orphaned infants have very sensitive stomachs and cannot handle full-strength milk formula right away (cows’ milk is terrible, too!).  It takes a wildlife rehabilitator several days to ramp the animal up onto full-strength milk or other foods.

If you have found a baby bird…

If you have come across a baby bird, please begin by reading this instructional PDF.

If you have determined that the bird is an orphan or injured, it is imperative that you get it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.  If you cannot transfer the animal within three hours of finding it, do the following:

  1. Get a container with air holes.  Depending on the size of the animal, a shoebox or paper box will work well.
  2. Put some soft bedding in the box.  Old towels, washcloths, (clean) rags, or even grass work well.  If you can salvage the bird nest, put that in the box.
  3. Put the box near a heat-source.  If you have a heating pad, put the heating pad underneath half of the box (this way, the animal can move away from the heat if it gets too warm).  A hot water bottle, rice bag, or hand warmers work well for this, too.
  4. Using gloves, put the bird in the box and put the box in a quiet, dark place.
  5. Call a wildlife rehabilitator.
  6. Unless directed by a wildlife rehabilitator, do NOT feed the bird!

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