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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

New Leaf will resume taking RVS soon.  Please go to

Animal Help Now to find other local rehabbers

Bunny

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

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

Harrisburg, NC - Tara Akins  - 704-213-1003

Chipmunk

Flying Squirrel

 

Fox

New Leaf will resume taking RVS soon.  Please go to

Animal Help Now to find other local rehabbers

Woodchuck  (Groundhog)

Opossum

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

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

Raccoon

New Leaf will resume taking RVS soon.  Please go to

Animal Help Now to find other local rehabbers

Skunk

New Leaf will resume taking RVS soon.  Please go to

Animal Help Now to find other local rehabbers

Squirrel

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

Concord, NC - Heather Ward - 704-906-729

Turtle

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

 

Other

        

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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