What To Do If You Find
Sick, Injured, or Orphaned Wildlife

Rescuing an Animal

Get a box; punch air holes in the top and place newspaper or paper towels on the bottom. Place the bird, reptile or mammal in the box. Securely tape it closed. Keep the animal quiet. Do not allow children to stare at it or handle it. Wild animals are easily stressed.

NEVER give water or food to a baby bird or cow's milk to wild mammals.

Note where you found the bird or animal so that it can be returned when it is well.

It is important to get the bird or animal to a professional wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.

Each species requires specialized food and care. Birds' fragile broken bones must be set properly asap.

Never handle foxes, bats, raccoons or any mammals that could carry rabies, even babies. Call us. Florida's squirrels, opossums and rabbits are not known to carry rabies.

Call St. Francis Wildlife:  850.627.4151


If you are in north Florida or south Georgia:

Take it to St. Francis Wildlife's rehabilitation center, approximately four miles west of Havana, Florida and 16 miles north of the intersection of I-10/US-27.

Map to St. Francis Wildlife

Note:"Driving Directions" on MapQuest and GoogleMaps are accurate; however, the entrance to St. Francis Wildlife is actually located 2,000 ft. east of where it is shown on their maps.

It would greatly help our staff if you could take wildlife to St. Francis Wildife, but, if you are unable to:

Take it to the Northwood Animal Hospital, 1881 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee (across the street from the Northwood Center).

Northwood Animal Hospital, Tallahassee, FL

 Go to MapQuest for interactive map.

If you are not able to handle the bird or animal, call us at 850.627.4151.


If you do not live in north Florida or south Georgia:

Your quick thinking and appropriate actions may help save a wild life!


Specific Rescue Information:

Baby Birds

Birds Colliding With Windows


Other Mammals

Birds of Prey

General Rescue Information:

"Would-be animal rescuers must be cautious"

 St. Francis Wildlife Association