Help for Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

First, and foremost, remember most reported "orphans" are not orphans and well intentioned people often risk the lives of wildlife babies by taking them from their habitat (see Please, Keep The Wild in Wildlife). The PA Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators, the NY DEC link and the NJ DEP link give you help in understanding what to do if you should find an injured baby. Obviously, if you are looking on this page, you realize that contacting a LICENSED wildlife rehabilitator is not just the only legal option you have but it is the only one that is in the best interest of the animal.

Please, call rather than simply e-mailing rehabbers. Rehabbers don't necessarily spend a lot of time at a computer during the day. They may be at their jobs or on the road rescuing animals. Therefore, calling and leaving a message may reach them sooner. Also, some rehabbers leave information such as other phone numbers and instructions on what to do until they can get back to you. So listen carefully to their message.

For Raptors, see How to Rescue A Raptor. In Northeasten PA, call DVRC at 570-296-6025 after putting the bird in an empty, closed up cardboard box with no food or water and bringing the box inside to a quiet place. If you are unable to get it in a box, place a box over the bird and weight it down to prevent the bird from wandering onto a road or back into the woods where it can hide without the help that it needs.

To Find a Rehabber for a different type of animal or to find one closer to you:

In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website
In New York: Department of Environmental Conservation 877-457-5680 DEC website
In New Jersey: Department of Environmental Protection 609-292-2965 DEP website

Other Directories

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council:
     Wildlife Emergency page
     Search for Rehabbers
Wildlife Rehabber
PA Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators
Wildlife Rehabilitators Directory - USA