• Caring for wildlife

What to do if you have found an animal in need

Have you found an injured or abandoned wild animal? Before you touch the animal, please, check our Helping Wildlife section, below, to get the correct advice; you may not need to intervene at all.

Remember that wild animals are very different from domestic animals; your dog or cat may be comforted by your presence and gentle stroking, while a wild animal will be stressed and frightened by your presence, which may cause more harm than good.

Our advice is ALWAYS given in the spirit of putting the animal first. In some circumstances the advice might be to do nothing; in others we may advise you to bring the animal to us. Our wildlife FAQs will talk you through what to do for the best. Of course, we can’t anticipate every circumstance, so if the answer you need isn’t here, just pick up the phone and talk to us!

What to do in an emergency
In this section you will find simple things you should or shouldn’t do when dealing with an injured or abandoned wild animal.

Orphaned animals

What to do if you find an injured or orphaned animal

Here you will find the fundamentals of what you should and shouldn’t do when caring for an orphaned animal.