After Hours Wildlife Emergencies

If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal after hours, please follow these steps:

Always use extreme caution when handling any wildlife, even the smallest creatures can injure you when stressed and scared

** IMPORTANT ** Keep in mind scared or injured animals may bite and can also carry and transfer certain diseases and parasites such as mites. Wear gloves and use extreme care when handling any animal. For rabies vector species  mammals; Bobcats, Coyotes, Raccoons, Otters, Foxes and Bats or Large birds of prey such as Eagles, Hawks and Owls, please follow the “If you CANNOT safely handle the animal” directions below.

If you are able to safely handle the animal without causing injury to yourself or the animal

  • Using a pillowcase or towel, carefully and gently pick the animal up and place into any container that has a secure ventilated lid and lined inside with soft warm material
  • Leave the container covered in a safe, quiet and warm area of your home such as your garage away from pets, children and noise
  • Do not attempt to treat or feed the animal as this can be more harmful and stressful to the animal, the less stress on the animal the better chance of survival
  • Call (941) 637-3830 and leave message with brief details that you have the animal in your possession or left in it the overnight drop off box (include animal location and your phone number)
  • Transport the animal to the Center first thing in the morning or call us at (941) 637-3830 for pick up arrangements

We do have an overnight drop off box to the left of our main entrance gate for emergencies if the above method is not an option.

also see: Does this animal Need Your Help?

 

 

If you CANNOT safely handle the animal 

** IMPORTANT **  Keep in mind scared or injured animals may bite and can also carry and transfer certain diseases and parasites such as mites. Wear gloves and use extreme care when handling any animal. For rabies vector species  mammals; Bobcats, Coyotes, Raccoons, Otters, Foxes and Bats or Large birds of prey such as Eagles, Hawks and Owls can cause serious injury and require experience and thick gloves when handling. 

  • If possible, carefully place a box, laundry basket, recycle bin or similar over the top of the animal to contain it
  • Call (941) 637-3830 and Animal Control at (941) 833-5690 and leave message with brief details that you have the animal contained (include animal location and your phone number)
  • Wait for a return phone call for further instructions

also see: Does this animal Need Your Help?