Where to Take an Injured Squirrel
If your squirrel has become seriously ill, you may wonder where to take it. Here are some options: Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County (SFACC), the Wetlands and Wildlife Rescue of Southern California (WRCSC), and SFACC. These rehab centers are open to all animals, but there are special hours for squirrels. When you take your squirrel to one of these centers, you will be able to see the animal’s doctor and receive medical care.
Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County
If you’ve found an injured squirrel in the wild, there are several places you can take him. You can also call the Wildlife Care Center of Orange County to schedule a free consultation with a licensed wildlife veterinarian. These specialists can diagnose and treat any type of injury, including broken bones. The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County is a nonprofit organization that provides veterinary care for wayward and injured wildlife. A donation is appreciated to help support their mission to care for wildlife.
Injured squirrels are often unable to be transported on their own. The best option is to take them to a wildlife rehab center in your area. If you cannot transport the squirrel yourself, you can also contact local animal control or police departments. Then, they will help you find the right place for your injured squirrel. If you’re unable to transport the animal on your own, they will provide transportation to a rehabilitation center.
Injured squirrels should be brought to an animal rehabilitation center if you’re not able to find a veterinarian in your area. Most people think they should call animal control, but this is the wrong way to handle an animal. A wildlife care center is more appropriate for such animals. They provide expert medical care, and will even transport the squirrel if necessary.
If you see an injured squirrel in your neighborhood, you should bring it to a wildlife rehabilitation center, such as SFACC. You can also call your local police department or animal control to transport the squirrel. But if you are unsure how to transport the squirrel, here are a few tips. First, cover the squirrel with a soft towel and keep it in a warm, quiet place until the wildlife center can arrive.
Katz and a coalition of San Francisco supervisors worked to advocate for the ACC to build a new shelter. While Mayor Ed Lee didn’t seem keen on Katz’s campaign for funding for the project, he had the support of District 8 Supervisor Scott Weiner, who took up the cause at City Hall. Meanwhile, the SFSPCA tried to stop Katz from getting the money for the shelter, arguing that it would take over ACC’s adoption services. The ACC’s new shelter is slated to open in 2020.
Once Lisette has obtained the animal’s identification, she will transport Petrie to SFACC. This organization has specific hours during which animals are accepted. Petrie was taken in safely by Lisette, who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and a volunteer at SFACC. There, she received medical care and will be returned to its owner. Once a squirrel has been released, it will need to be rehabilitated by a small mammal rehabilitator.
Other rehab centers
If you have an injured squirrel in your home, you can bring it to the nearest wildlife rehab center for help. Other rehab centers for injured squirrels include the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Orange County, where the staff provides excellent medical care. Wildlife rehab centers must adhere to strict hours of operation to ensure that all animals are taken in. Lisette, the owner of the rescue center, transports Petrie safely to the wildlife rehab center. After receiving the correct diagnosis, she feeds the squirrel and then returns her to her family.
You should contact a rehabilitator immediately, especially if you are dealing with a juvenile squirrel. A baby squirrel may not survive the night alone on the ground. You must also contact a wildlife center to ensure the safety of the baby. Make sure the squirrel is a female, as it is more likely to survive a male. Look out for a full, fluffy tail and avoid touching it, as it may be injured.
If you live in Colorado, you can also take your animal to one of the wildlife rehab centers in the state. In Colorado, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation is the only rehab center for injured squirrels. They focus on smaller mammals, songbirds, and waterfowl. WildKind in Fort Collins closed in 2012 after the Larimer County Humane Society decided to focus on domestic animals. Another facility in Denver, WildBird Rehab, and Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue, also closed due to zoning issues.
What do you do if you find an injured squirrel?
The best thing to do if you find an injured squirrel is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What are some common injuries that squirrels may sustain?
Some common injuries that squirrels may sustain include broken bones concussions and internal bleeding.
How can you tell if a squirrel is injured?
You can tell if a squirrel is injured if it is bleeding has a visible injury or is not moving.
What should you do if you see an injured squirrel?
The best thing to do if you see an injured squirrel is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
How can you tell if a squirrel has a broken bone?
You can usually tell if a squirrel has a broken bone if it is not moving its leg or if the leg is bent in an abnormal way.
How can you tell if a squirrel has a concussion?
You can usually tell if a squirrel has a concussion if it is not moving and is unconscious.
How can you tell if a squirrel has internal bleeding?
You can usually tell if a squirrel has internal bleeding if it is bleeding from its mouth or nose.
What should you do if you find a squirrel with a broken bone?
The best thing to do if you find a squirrel with a broken bone is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you do if you find a squirrel with a concussion?
The best thing to do if you find a squirrel with a concussion is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you do if you find a squirrel with internal bleeding?
The best thing to do if you find a squirrel with internal bleeding is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
How can you help an injured squirrel?
The best way to help an injured squirrel is to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
What should you not do if you find an injured squirrel?
You should not try to feed the squirrel or give it water.
Can you give an injured squirrel medicine?
You should not give an injured squirrel any medicine unless you are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
How long does it take for an injured squirrel to heal?
The amount of time it takes for an injured squirrel to heal depends on the severity of the injury.
What happens if an injured squirrel is not given proper care?
If an injured squirrel is not given proper care it may die.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.