We will help you determine whether an animal needs assistance and, if necessary, ask you to bring it to the Center. An owl that has flown into the path of an oncoming car and has injured its wing, for example, most definitely needs help. However, many young wild animals that may appear to be abandoned really are not. Their mothers are most likely nearby and will return to feed them throughout the day. Removing them from their environment may may be the worst thing to do.
Before bringing an animal to us for treatment, please keep it warm and quiet. Handle it as little as possible and keep it away from pets and children. Do not feed the animal or force it to drink water! Any attempt to offer food or water may not be in the best interest of the animal and may actually, in fact, cause harm.
The Mercer County Wildlife Center cares for more than 1,900 animals a year—this keeps us very busy! Therefore, we are not equipped to provide a pick-up service for patients. If an animal needs care, we will tell you how to handle and transport the animal safely or make a referral.
When you bring an animal for treatment, a staff member will log the animal into our computer system and assign it a case number. If you would like to follow the animal's progress, make sure you have the case number handy when you call so we can quickly locate the animal's chart.
We do not accept domestic animals for treatment. If you find a domestic animal in need of care, we will be happy to provide local referral information.
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