What do you do if you find an injured or ill wild animal?

As cute and cuddly as backyard creatures may seem, these animals are not pets, nor are they meant to be taken into your home. Please, call a wildlife rehabilitator. Trained, licensed wildlife rehabilitators have years of experience handling and caring for these animals. She or he will give you advice or may ask you to bring the animal to the clinic for the best care. Hurt and sick animals may not know you are trying to help. You could danger yourself or the animal by getting too close.

In most states, rehabilitators are required to have special permits (like licenses) to work with animals.

To find the rehabilitator nearest you, please visit the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, http://www.nwrawildlife.org/  In Maryland, visit the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s Referral Directory. Should you call a rehabilitator and get voicemail, please be patient. April through September is the busiest time for rehabilitators who are working very long hours to help these animals. http://www.mwra.org/

For information about Kathy Woods, inspiration of Baby Owl’s Rescue and part of the new Animal Helpers’ series, please visit her website, http://phoenixwildlifecenter.net/ or look her up on Facebook,

Find out more about rehabilitators throughout the country.

Animal Helpers’ contributors include:

Victoria Campbell of Wild Things Sanctuary in New York, 


Miriam Moyer and Mary Birney of White Flicker, http://www.whiteflicker.org/

Kim Johnson of the Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary, http://www.thedriftinn.org/.

Christina Clark of Squirrels and More helped with  research of Squirrel Rescue,

Royalties from SEAHORSES are donated to Project Seahorse in honor of Nicole Moy, seahorse.fisheries.ubc.ca.

Book-related links:
For more information about owls, visit these Whoo-nderful sites:

Teachers and parents, check out the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s fabulous online educational activities, http://www.fergusonfoundation.org/hbf/lessons.html

Fascinated by otters?
Check out Bubbles and Squeak in this museum
Learn how rehabbers help otters and other mammals: Otters: 


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