Wildlife Rehab Inc. 
336-785-0912               PO Box 24552 Winston-Salem, NC 27114

Wildlife rehabilitation is the care and treatment of wild animals that have been injured or abandoned. It takes special knowledge and skills to feed and care for these animals to ensure their successful return to the wild.

If you’ve found an injured or orphaned wild animal, take a deep breath and read the information we provide on each species, then give us a call.

In North Carolina, it is illegal to possess wild animals without the appropriate permits. Wild animals, even in a weakened state, can be dangerous to humans and pets. They also can transmit a wide variety of diseases and parasites. If you must handle a wild animal, make sure you take precautions, including gloves and safety goggles.

It is illegal to possess wild birds, including songbirds, hawks, owls, shorebirds and most other migratory species, without a federal permit.


What’s Wildlife Rehabilitation?

If you’ve found a wild animal, first, make sure it needs help before you touch it. See “I’ve found an animal.” If it truly is an orphan or has been injured, keep it in a quiet, dark place with a heating pad under half the box. Don’t feed it.

Wild animals, even those that are sick and injured can hurt humans. They can also spread disease and parasites, so handle with care.

Rabies in North Carolina

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission prohibits wildlife rehabilitators from caring for bats,  fox, raccoons and skunks because they are considered to be at a high risk for spreading rabies.

WRI supports Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina efforts to create a special permit that would allow wildlife rehabilitators with the proper training to care for these animals.

To learn more about rabies, go to http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/

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