PRWC is open to visitors from 11:00am - 4:00 pm and open for intakes from 8:00 - 5:00 pm daily. If you find an injured animal outside normal hours call us and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible. (941) 637-3830

Does this animal need your help?

Does this animal need help? It’s often hard to tell if an animal truly needs to be rescued or not.  Finding a baby wild animal doesn’t necessarily mean it needs human interference.  Sometimes young are left alone while the parent(s) are hunting for food.  Many young animals that are admitted to the PRWC are “kidnapped” by people that are just trying to help with the best of intentions.  If the young animal doesn’t have an obvious illness or injury, the best course of action is to return it or leave it with the parent(s).  Wild animals DO NOT abandon or kill their young just because they were touched or moved by humans.  The best chance of survival for a young wild animal is being left alone for the parents to care for.  When in doubt, contact us at (941) 637-3830.

If you see the following signs, the animal needs help:

  • Obvious bleeding, lethargic, wounds or broken bones
  • Mucus or discharge from the eyes and/or nose
  • Swarms of flies around the animal, fly eggs and/or maggots on its body
  • Attacked by a predator, or seen in the mouth of a dog or cat


Useful Printable Guides:
I Found a Baby Mammal, Now What? (PDF) | I Found a Baby Bird, Now What? (PDF) | Construct a Squirrel Nest Box (PDF) 


Click the buttons below for specific information on how to help injured, orphaned or displaced Wildlife.

Handling wild animals can be dangerous and they can carry disease and parasites. Always wear gloves when handling any animals. especially rabies vector species mammals; Bobcats, Coyotes, Raccoons, Otters, Foxes and Bats. Large birds of prey such as Eagles, Hawks and Owls can cause serious injury and require experience and thick gloves when handling. Please call us at 941-637-3830 and/or Animal Control at 941-833-5690 for further assistance.