Wild animals become innocent victims of human inflicted dangers like toxins, refuse, machinery, vehicles, home renovations and even gardening. It is our responsibility as stewards of this earth to help our animal residents in times of need. The basis of wildlife rehabilitation is to interfere as little as possible while supporting the animal to a state of balance and successful release back into the wild.

Rescue an animal only if the parent was killed, the animal appears cold, weak or injured, or if the animal is in obvious danger. It is illegal to keep a wild animal in captivity for any length of time. It is therefore imperative that you contact a rehabilitation centre for further instruction. Please do not attempt to feed or raise baby animals by yourself. Their nutritional requirements and care are drastically different from domestic animals, and much irreversible damage can be done with improper care.

Emergency care of injured/orphaned wildlife

 Fluids and heat are the best first defense!

 Place the animal inside a strong, well ventilated container suitable for its size and strength (cardboard box, recycling bin, cat carrier).

 Provide bedding material such as shredded paper, fleece, or blanket.

 Use a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel inside the container. Cover it securely and put it in a warm, quiet area.

 Don not pet them or attempt to feed them as this can cause additional stress. Remember, you are a predator, not a friend! Always move slowly and talk in a low, calm voice.

 Never feed an animal that is dehydrated or cold.

 Rehydrating fluids (1 quart water, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt) can be provide in a bowl or slowly and carefully dripped into the corner of their mouths. Use caution so as not to aspirate!

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PAWS of Georgina
P.O. Box 154
Keswick, Ontario
L4P 3E2
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