Welcome to my wildlife rehabilitation page! I am licensed by the state of North Carolina to rehabilitate small mammals and songbirds. However, I specialize in squirrels, rabbits, and deer mice. I completed two summer internships with a local nature center, which gave me the experience I needed to apply for my own permit.
I cannot emphasize this enough -- If you find an orphaned, sick, or injured animal, contact a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. Do NOT give the animal any food or water unless the rehabilitator instructs you to do so. Under NO condition should you ever give an animal cow's milk. This can have devastating effects.
Please do not attempt to keep this animal and nurse it back to health unless you have absolutely NO other options. It is illegal in the state of North Carolina to keep a wild animal as a pet. If for no other reason, consider the damage a wild animal could do to your home or your health.
I must also emphasize that a wild animal is unpredictable. You could easily be injured or risk contracting rabies. Rabies vector species in the state of North Carolina refer to raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Do NOT handle these animals under any condition. You are less likely to contract rabies by handling other wildlife (such as squirrels, rabbits, etc.), but there is no reason to take this kind of risk.
How do you know if you're doing the right thing? Click here.
If you have no choice but to handle this animal, click here.
If you have no choice but to care for this animal until its release, click here.
Click here to locate a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.
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