What to do if you find a sick, orphaned or injured animal
Rescue an animal only if…
The parents have been killed
The animal appears cold, weak or injured
It is in obvious danger
Use care and lots of common sense!
Sick and injured animals can be unpredictable and may appear very “tame”. Always wear gloves and err on the side of caution!
- Place it inside a strong, well-ventilated container suitable for its size and strength (cardboard box, dog crate, recycling bin etc.)
- Provide some bedding material such as a tightly woven towel, blanket, newspaper or tissues. Make sure there are no loose strings or loops for the animal to tangle up into.
- Place a hot water bottle (pop bottle is good) wrapped in a towel inside the container. This is essential for warmth and comfort even when it's a warm day
- Cover it securely and keep it in a warm, quiet area. Please keep your pets away from the animal. They are seen aspredators.
- Do not attempt to feed it as this can cause additional stress
- Always move slowly and quietly around the animal, and if you must, speak in a low, calming voice
- If the animal is dehydrated (the skin "tents" when pinched; the eyes are sunken; the gums are pale), never give food but provide some form of re-hydration. Water, or a re-hydration fluid, can be given in small amounts. If the animal can lap from a dish...great! If not, use a syringe or eye dropper and drip small amounts into the corner of their mouths, making sure they swallow without choking.
Home-made Re-hydration Fluid
1/2 tsp salt
2 level Tbsp sugar
1 quart (approx, 1 litre) of pure (boiled) warm water
Call WWS at 705 286-1133 or a wildlife rehab centre closer to you for assistance
Do not email us if this is an emergency!
Always keep in mind the welfare of the animal and not your emotions and feelings about it. Remember, you are considered a predator to them! Too many orphaned and injured wild-ones stress needlessly, and some can even die, when they are handled too much, or are smothered with kindness.