What to do when you have found an injured wild animal:
- Use common sense and think of your safety first
- Try to contain the animal
- Keep the animal warm & quiet
- Do not pet or handle the animal
- Do not try to feed or give water to the animal
- Call the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary for assistance at (561)-575-3399
When rescuing a wild animal your first thought may be to comfort the creature and provide it with food. However, handling an injured animal can cause stress, and feeding can often cause harm. The diets of wild animals are very complex, so it is better to do as little as possible until you can get the animal to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s wildlife hospital is available to receive injured animals Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and on Sundays from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
If you have found a sick, injured, or orphaned wild animal call the Sanctuary for assistance at (561)-575-3399. If you need assistance after hours follow the instructions on the Sanctuary’s answering service to reach a staff member on-call.
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization funded by donations. You can help save valuable time and money by volunteering a few minutes of your time to bring the animal you have found to the Sanctuary for treatment. Each day the Sanctuary receives nearly fifteen new animal patients, a few minutes of your time will go a long way in helping our medical staff continue treating the animals already at our wildlife hospital and be ready to take care of your animal once it arrives. Due to limited funding, the Sanctuary simply does not have the financial resources to send a staff member out for every animal rescue. Your understanding and assistance is greatly appreciated!