Please be aware that Cummington Wildlife, Inc. is not liable for injuries to person or property during the capture or transport of an animal to our facility. Do not attempt to capture or transport an animal unless you have the knowledge and means to do it safely.
Emergency (temporary) care of wildlife involves providing some assistance until the animal is able to be placed with a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. The placement of the animal should occur within eight hours maximum of finding the distressed animal. Remember that most animals are in critical condition when captured by humans and every minute counts if the animal is to be saved.
The first step is to capture the animal without injury to you, the public, or the animal. Remember that a wild animal will view you as a predator and not a friend trying to help it. The animal will try to defend itself with teeth, claws, and talons. Use good judgment and try to look at the situation from the animal's perspective. Don't attempt to capture an animal unless you feel confident about doing it safely. Here are a few useful hints for capturing a wild animal, but remember that each case is distinctly different.
Once the animal is captured, it is important to place the animal in a quiet and warm place. Animals can die from stress and need time to rest from the capture experience. Place half the container on a heating pad on low. The animal can move from the warm spot to the cooler spot at will. (Note: For infant birds, please refer to the bird care section.) Do not handle the animal after capture. Keep pets and children away from the container to minimize stress and prevent spread of infectious disease. Remember that some diseases, such as rabies, can be fatal to humans so use caution. Do not give the animal anything to eat or drink unless advised by a wildlife rehabilitator or a veterinarian.