What do I do if I find an ill, injured or orphaned animal?

Safety first - even baby animals can scratch or bite. If you handle a wild animal, always wear gloves (or other hand covering) and eye protection! Never approach or attempt to handle a wild animal unless you are certain you can do so without harm to yourself or the animal! Unless the animal is obviously injured and in distress, do not approach it unless directed to do so. Don’t become a kidnapper!

How to Get Help:

  • For assistance with wildlife: call WildCare at 415-456-7283. Operators are available from 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year
  • After 5pm PST: for wildlife emergencies only, call our Wildlife Emergency Nightline at 415-300-6359
  • WildCare's Wildlife Hospital is open to admit animal patients from 9am - 5pm, seven days a week.

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