Have you found an animal that appears injured or orphaned?
It is against the law for people to possess wild animals without the necessary state and/or federal permits.
**Never Handle Any Bat that you have found, or allow children to come in contact with it. If you do, the animal will have to be destroyed so that it can be tested for rabies.**
We do not list our physical address to avoid animals being dropped off while no one is at the office. Those animals have very little chance of surviving when we are not available.
(The following instructions are for adults only! Children should not handle any wild animals because of possible injury and exposure to disease and parasites.)
· Call us!! 419-877-0060. Please do not email or Facebook message us with any question which needs immediate response. If you get our voice mail, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Feel free to call us again if more than an hour has passed since your original message.
· Watch from a distance and take note of what you are seeing. Is the animal limping, open mouth breathing, etc.
· If the animal is in immediate danger (in the road, was in a cat or dog’s mouth) then you may get it contained if you feel comfortable doing so. Please remember to take every possible precaution to protect yourself. Wear gloves. Avoid handling the animal directly. Use a shovel or some other object to gently put the animal into a box. Only do this if the animal is in immediate danger. Nature’s Nursery does not recommend anybody handle certain animals without proper training.
· Once you speak to a staff member or volunteer, you will be asked various questions about the situation. We are trying to determine if action needs to be taken. At this point, you will be given instructions either to leave the animal alone and observe, put the animal back for a parent to reclaim, how to properly contain the animal and bring it to our center
· Please remember, Nature’s Nursery is run primarily by a limited staff and volunteers. At times, we are able to connect you with a volunteer to transport the animal, but this is on a case by case basis. To ensure the animal gets the most immediate care, we ask that you transport the animal (if able to contain) to the Center.
· Please do not come out to the Center without an appointment. We are not always on site, and if we are, we may be involved in animal care. We admit an average of 2,500 animals a year, so it is very important for us to have scheduled appointments so we may provide the best possible care for the animals. Upon making an appointment and bringing an animal to the Center, you will be asked a few questions about yourself and the information you know about the animal.
· Nature’s Nursery does not charge a fee for the care of the animal, but we gratefully accept donations. We depend heavily on individual contributions to support our work.
· Nature’s Nursery is not open to the public. Our permits do not allow the rehabilitation animals to be on display, and we feel it is very important for the wellbeing of the rehabbing animals that we keep human exposure to a minimum. PLEASE do not request a tour if you bring out an animal. We hold quarterly open houses each year, and you and your family are more than welcome to visit at that time.
Thank you for your concern for our wild populations! Because of you, so many injured, orphaned and ailing animals are able to receive the care they richly deserve.
Have questions? Click here to read our FAQs.
Many times, an animal we think may be in trouble is in fact exhibiting natural behavior. Young wild animals always do best when left with their parents, and even babies that have been separated from their parents can often be reunited successfully with them. If you have found an animal you believe may need “rescuing,” please call us at 419-877-0060. If no one answers, please leave a message; someone will call you back. Volunteers and staff check messages throughout the day, and are not always near the phone. Someone will call you back. We provide emergency medical service to injured wildlife free of charge, and survive on donations. Please keep in mind the time, energy, paid staff time, medical supplies and sometimes gas money for transport that Nature's Nursery has to provide. A donation at the time of service is suggested.
- Click here if you have found a bird that may need help, and then here for information about rescuing birds.
- Click here if you have found a mammal that may need help, and then here for information about rescuing mammals.
Nature’s Nursery serves 18 counties in Northwest Ohio. Call us at 419-877-0060 if you need assistance locating a wildlife rehabilitator in another area. Never try to raise a wild animal or bird yourself. Not only can you be fined and/or imprisoned, but the animal’s best chance for survival is to be raised by trained professionals who can provide the proper diet and medical care. Additionally, many animals carry diseases or parasites that can be transmitted to humans, especially children.
Wildlife rehabilitation involves caring for injured, orphaned or ailing native animals, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Nature’s Nursery is licensed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and takes in approximately 3,000 animals each year. Our hotline is available 365 days a year, and helps more than 15,000 callers annually with questions about wildlife issues or an animal they have found.
Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association: http://www.owra.org
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association: http://www.nwrawildlife.org
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council: https://theiwrc.org/