Does this wild animal really need help? 

 

Please see below to help you determine if the animal needs to be rescued. 

 

Please note:

It is imperative that you not feed or give water to any injured, orphaned, or distressed wild animal.

A baby's best chance of survival is always to be raised by its parents.

 

 

What animals need help?

Animals that are visibly injured, have been in your pet's mouth (even if no visible injury), appear ill, are overly friendly (or aggressive), are in danger, or are orphaned. 

Please note, many ‘orphaned’ babies are perfectly healthy, in fact still under the care of their parents. For example, deer and rabbits leave their babies for hours at a time while they forage for food. This is a perfectly natural behavior that keeps predators away from the baby.  Unsure?  Click on the animal name below to find out more information on if the baby is truly orphaned.

What to do if the animal is truly in need of help:

If you have determined that the animal needs help follow the Next Step directions. New Leaf Wildlife Rehab has an extensive network of wildlife rehabilitators to assist. Please reach out to one of our licensed wildlife coordinators listed below to coordinate care and figure next steps.  Text is preferred with a picture attached. No calls after 8pm.

Bats

Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569

Bunny

Charlotte, NC - Michele Rothschild - 704-890-4936

Concord, NC - Heather Ward - 704-906-7297

Indian Land, SC - Karen Small - 803-554-6005

Chipmunk

Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

Flying Squirrel

Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

Fox

Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569

Woodchuck  (Groundhog)

Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569​

Opossum

Concord, NC - Heather Ward - 704-906-7297- 

Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

Rock Hill, NC - Lee Harmon - 803-322-3902

Mint Hill, NC - Joan - 704-830-4758

Raccoon

Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569​

Skunk

Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569​

Squirrel

Mint Hill, NC - Joan - 704-830-4758

Concord, NC - Heather Ward - 704-906-7297

Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

Turtle

Concord, NC - Heather Ward - 704-906-7297

 

Other

        Concord, NC - Kimberly Kuhn - 980-439-5374

        Statesville, NC - Roseann Michalowski - 704 929-4569​

New Leaf Wildlife is not licensed to rehabilitate birds or fawns.  Please check ncwildlife.org or scdnr.org for a rehabilitator in your area.

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