Henderson Animal Care Hospital

PO Box 1987
Henderson, TX 75653



What to do with Orphaned/Abandoned Wildlife


   Although orphaned wild animals may be cute, they can present a health hazard to you and your family.  Most of the time, orphaned wildlife have a parent very near by.  It is very important to leave all wildlife alone unless you have proof that the mother is no longer living.  If you are sure the mother is deceased, or the orphan is injured, please follow these steps:


- Call your local veterinarian:  they can call or give you the number to call a licensed rehabilitator to take the orphans.

- Do not touch the orphans:  they can carry harmful disease that are transmissible to humans.

- Remember, these animals are wild and need to remain wild.  They are not to be domesticated.  Only a licensed rehabilitator can legally take care of orphaned wildlife and then release them.