Frequently Asked Questions
I found orphaned wildlife; can you tell me how to raise it?
It is illegal to raise wildlife without the proper state (and sometimes federal) permits. Please immediately contact a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to help this particular baby. If you are interested in learning how to help wildlife in the future, let us know!
How much does it cost?
We are volunteers and rehabilitate wildlife as a passion and hobby. There is no charge for our services. However, we buy all our own specialized formula, feeding supplies, caging, bedding, and more, so donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. DONATE HERE.
Can you come pick up an animal I found?
Our volunteer rehabbers work full-time jobs, and have families and LOTS of other animals to care for. After confirming we can accept the animal, you will be responsible for transporting it to Loveland or Lebanon, Ohio.
I found an animal that needs help. What should I do?
Please refer to our home page for information on specific species. If, after learning more about what is normal and what may require assistance, you feel the animal does need help, contact a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for specific advice.
How do I safely contain an animal that needs help?
Your safety comes first! Remember that animals are unpredictable and can act in a defensive manner, especially if they are hurt, ill, or scared. If you feel unsafe around an animal, it is best to just keep people and pets away from it while you find assistance from a professional.
Otherwise, you may want to follow these guidelines (excerpted from the Humane Society):
For injured adults, you may simply place an upside down laundry basket over the animal until you speak with a wildlife professional.
Prepare a safe container. A cardboard box or similar container works well. First, punch holes for air (not while the animal is in the box!) from the inside out and line the box with an old T-shirt or other soft cloth.
Put on thick gloves and cover the animal with a towel or pillowcase as you scoop them up gently and place them in the container.
Do not give the animal food or water. It could be the wrong food and cause them to choke, trigger serious digestive problems or cause aspiration pneumonia. Many injured animals are in shock and force-feeding can kill them.
Place the container in a warm, dark, quiet place—away from pets, children and all noise (including the TV and the radio)—until you can transport the animal. Keep the container away from direct sunlight, air conditioning or heat.
Transport the animal as soon as possible. Leave the radio off and keep talking to a minimum. Because wild animals aren’t accustomed to our voices, they can become very stressed by our noises. If they’re injured or orphaned, they’re already in a compromised condition. Keep their world dark and quiet to lower their stress level and help keep them alive.