What to do when you find injured wildlife? 2017-12-14T04:55:38+00:00

Wildlife in Need?

Piedmont Wildlife Center does NOT rescue wildlife,
but we can help you with your wildlife questions and concerns and can help locate a wildlife hospital or rehabilitator in your area.

For wildlife questions or to get a referral to a licensed rehabilatator in your area,

Call us at 919-572-WILD (9453).


  • Do NOT give it any food or water.
  • Place it in a well ventilated box lined with a t-shirt or non-frayed towel.
  • Place a heating pad under one half of the box on a low setting for small mammals or reptiles. Do NOT give extra heat to birds.
  • Isolate the box away from pets and children in a warm, quiet area. Do not keep wild birds in wire cages as they may cause further injury to themselves.


  • If the animal is obviously injured, find a rehabilitator in your area or call us at 919-572-WILD (9453).
  • Only licensed rehabilitators should attempt wildlife care. This is not the time to try your hand at something new.  Even animals that appear to be thriving can be suffering from problems that will affect its health and chances of survival in the wild.

Wildlife Rehabilitator Contacts:

  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission maintains a list of rehabilitators for North Carolina, by county.
  • Triangle Area Wildlife Rehabilitators has an online list of rehabilitators sorted by location.
  • Wildlife Welfare maintains a network of rehabilitators in and around the Wake County area, sorted by animal.
  • CLAWS rehabilitates most wildlife and is located in Orange County and services the Triangle area.  They are the only rehabilitators currently taking songbirds in the Triangle. Leave a message and be patient as they will return your call. 919-619-0776
  • American Wildlife Refuge rehabilitates raptors in Wake county.  919-229-8449
  • NCSU Turtle Team has a team of vet teachers and students for turtles (and other reptiles).  Make sure you leave a message and they will get back to you quickly!  919-397-9675

Make a specific animal comfortable and safe

For further instructions or on how to make a specific animal comfortable and safe
until you have turned it over to a rehabilitator, click below.

Follow these flowcharts, if you are not sure what to do:

Help! I Found a Baby Bird!
Help! I Found a Baby Mammal!

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