What To Do With Orphaned, Sick, or Injured Wildlife
Resources by COUNTY
Resources by AFFECTED ANIMAL

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Many wild animals are cute, especially babies, and it might be tempting to try and care for one on your own. This is not a good idea! Wild animals can be aggressive and can carry parasites and diseases that may be transmissible to you or your companion animals. Wildlife rehabilitators have the facilities and knowledge to address the very specific needs of various wildlife species.

If you discover orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, the following information will help you decide how to best assist the animal(s) in need.

BABY BIRDS: Many baby birds are mistaken for orphans during a short "fledgling" period where they have left the nest, but still rely on mom and dad for food. Fledgling birds on the ground are often assumed to be injured or abandoned. This is not usually the case! Do not move these little birds unless they are in immediate danger of being hit by a lawnmower, stepped on, etc. If absolutely necessary, it is OK to move a fledgling a short distance to a safer place—the parents will find their chick. It is a myth that birds will reject babies touched by humans.

Keep a close eye on any chick you think has been abandoned. If the parents do not return to feed it within an hour or so, call a wildlife rehabilitator. Never attempt to give a baby bird water!

Information on immediate care for baby birds

INJURED BIRDS:
Birds that have flown into a window may just be stunned and can probably be released after a little bit of rest. Place the bird in a box and put it in a quiet place until you are sure whether the bird is seriously injured or not. Birds that have been poisoned or have other obvious injuries should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.

Remember, outside cats are a leading cause of death to songbirds in this country. Please do not allow your cat to roam outside! Even well fed cats will hunt birds if given the chance.

BABY RABBITS: Baby rabbits live in nests (called warrens) that are sometimes accidentally uncovered by people. If you uncover a warren, the best thing to do is to gently herd the babies back to the nest and leave them alone. Baby rabbits are easily stressed and extremely difficult to keep alive once they are out of their mother’s care. Please do not handle them unless absolutely necessary. They are extremely cute, but will probably not survive if you try to raise them on your own. While they can be cared for temporarily, baby rabbits should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.

Information on immediate care for baby rabbits:

Any rabbit with eyes open, ears up, able to hop, and otherwise appearing healthy is almost certainly grown enough to leave the warren. Leave them alone.

DEER FAUNS: Mother does will often temporarily leave their fauns alone in order to graze. If the faun appears healthy, do not disturb them.

However, if the faun appears diseased, injured, or confused, contact a wildlife rehabilitator or authorities (park rangers, game wardens, animal control, etc.).

OTHER BABY MAMMALS: If you accidentally uncover a nest of baby wild mammals, leave them alone—the mother may be away looking for food and will return shortly. However, if you encounter baby mammals in a situation where the mother is dead or the young animals appear injured, sick, or confused.

 

RESOURCES BY COUNTY


BERNALILLO
Individual/Organization City Phone Email/Website Animals Accepted
Hawks Aloft Albuquerque (505) 828-9455 [email protected]
www.hawksaloft.org
Raptors
Meg Dahrling Albuquerque (505) 299-0325 N/A Birds of Prey and Hummingbirds
Prairie Dog Pals Albuquerque (505) 296-1937
(505) 720-1721
[email protected] www.prairiedogpals.org Prairie dogs
Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of New Mexico Albuquerque (505) 344-2500 [email protected]
www.wrinm.org
All wildlife
Daniel Abram Tijeras (505) 281-4420
(505) 908-0622
[email protected] Bats
 
DONA ANA
Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue Anthony (575) 882-2910 [email protected]
www.whc.net/cdwr
All wildlife
GRANT
Gila Wildlife Rescue Silver City (575) 590-0118 [email protected] All wildlife
Humboldt Mountain Rehab & Rescue Silver City (575) 537-6624 [email protected] perching birds, songbirds, small mammals
 
HIDALGO
Sandilee Burgess Animas (575) 548-2815   All wildlife except migratory birds
 
LOS ALAMOS
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Ramah (505) 775-3304 [email protected]
www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org
Wolves, dogs, wolf hybrids
RIO ARRIBA
The Wildlife Center, Inc. Espanola (505) 753-9505 [email protected] www.thewildlifecenter.org All wildlife
ROOSEVELT
Alpine Meadows Wildilfe Rehab Floyd (575) 478-2227

alpinemeadowswildliferehab.com

[email protected]

Small mammals (deer, rabbits, bobcats, javelina, foxes)
 
SANDOVAL
Fur and Feathers Wildlife Rescue/Kritter Gitters Corrales (505) 898-6891 [email protected] All wildlife
Mikal Deese
Corrales (505) 897-0439   All wild birds

SANTA FE
Santa Fe Raptor Center Santa Fe (505) 699-0455 [email protected] santaferaptorcenter.org Raptors, songbirds, eagles
 

RESOURCES BY AFFECTED ANIMAL

ALL WILDLIFE
Individual/Organization City Phone Email/Website Animals accepted
Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of New Mexico Albuquerque (505) 344-2500 [email protected]
www.wrinm.org
All wildlife
Sandilee Burgess Animas (575) 548-2815   All wildlife except migratory birds
Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue Anthony (575) 882-2910 [email protected]
www.whc.net/cdwr
All wildlife
Fur and Feathers Wildlife Rescue/Kritter Gitters Corrales (505) 898-6891 [email protected] All wildlife
The Wildlife Center, Inc. Espanola (505) 753-9505 [email protected]
www.thewildlifecenter.org
All wildlife
 
BIRDS (RAPTORS)
Hawks Aloft Albuquerque (505) 828-9455 [email protected]
www.hawksaloft.org
Raptors
         
Santa Fe Raptor Center Santa Fe (505) 699-0455 [email protected]
santaferaptorcenter.org
Raptors, songbirds, eagles
BIRDS (SONGBIRDS)
Santa Fe Raptor Center Santa Fe (505) 699-0455 [email protected] santaferaptorcenter.org Raptors, songbirds, eagles
Humboldt Mountain Rehab & Rescue Silver City (575) 537-6624 [email protected] perching birds; songbirds; small mammals
 
PRAIRIE DOGS
Prairie Dog Pals Albuquerque (505) 296-1937
(505) 720-1721
[email protected]
www.prairiedogpals.org
Prairie dogs
SMALL MAMMALS
     

[email protected]

 
Alpine Meadows Wildilfe Rehab Floyd (575) 478-2227

alpinemeadowswildliferehab.com

[email protected]

Small mammals (deer, rabbits, bobcats, javelina, foxes)
Humboldt Mountain Rehab & Rescue Silver City (575) 537-6624 [email protected] perching birds; songbirds; small mammals
 
WOLVES & WOLF-DOGS
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Ramah (505) 775-3304 [email protected]
www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org
Wolves, dogs, wolf hybrids