For most of us, summer is a season for sunshine and relaxation. For animal rescue services, it’s also baby season.
Between February and October — but especially in the summer — you’re much more likely to come across baby animals that appear sick, injured, or abandoned. Our advice: Trust the pros.
Meet Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center
Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center rehabilitates orphaned, sick, and injured animals before releasing them back to their native habitats. It also educates locals about wildlife through its Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Ambassador Animals, and volunteer opportunities.
Never guess when it comes to animal care. Visit the care center’s “Found a Wild Animal?” page, then call (503) 292-0304 or another licensed rehabilitator and leave a detailed message. But before you do…
Assess the situation
Many animals brought into wildlife rehabilitation centers aren’t actually abandoned. An animal displaying no indicators of distress or injury may just be waiting for mom. If the animal is bleeding or obviously injured, it’s time to get the experts involved.
Be mindful of the animal’s well-being
Don’t act immediately when you’ve determined an animal is abandoned. Human contact stresses the animal and could lead to injury and disease (to you and the animal). Human food or improper feeding techniques can also cause harm. Keep a close eye, be patient, and consult the Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Rescue Tips.
At this point, you’re in good hands. Follow their instructions to safely bring in the animal, and go cash in on your good deed for the day. Mother Nature thanks you.