It is not recommended that you keep wild animals as pets, but at some time, you may
come across an abandoned or injured wild animal that needs your help to get it back
to it's wild way of life.
It is not un-heard of, however, that some wild animals become very human-oriented
when nursed back to health. Squirrels and Chipmunks can become very tame and continue to live
around your backyard, expecting their daily treats and cuddles that they
have become accustomed to. Wild Rats can become excellent pets when raised from
infants, or rescued from near death.
I myself raised two robins and two white-tailed deer when I was a teenager.
Wild Animals as Pets?...Why the Answer is Always No?
What Is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Some good links to help you find a Rehabilitation Center:
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory
What you should do with injured wildlife.
International Rehab Websites.
Wildlife Rehab Links
Local Rehab Websites.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Online
How to Contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator
A listing of contact people by country and state.
I know of some friends who would be glad to talk to you about caring for wild
Nancy raises baby squirrels. Nancy works
with the Northeast Texas Rescue/Rehabilitation, which is licensed by the state and
two counties, and is affiliated with the Audubon Society.
Jennifer is raising a litter of
wild baby rats.
Moca has worked at a wildlife rehab center.
Taby has rehabilitated wild rabbits
Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator
Health Concerns to be Aware of When Working with Wildlife
Animal to human diseases.
It is recommended that you check with your State or Province regarding permits and
laws to rehabilitate wildlife.
Regulations Regarding Wildlife Rehabilitation
CWC's Operating Permits
What is 501c(3)?
It is a form that is filled out by a non-profit organization and then registered with
the IRS. A rehab group should file
for non-profit status if they gross more then $5000.00 per year, or, if the rehab
group wants to take contributions and/or donations from individuals and offer
them a tax write-off. For a non-profit group this involves a lot of financial
paperwork that the group must turn in every year to show that they are not turning
Non-profit Charitable Orgs.
IRS Charities and Non-Profits
Can I get Government Funding For My Non-profit Project? (Canada)
Some specific animal rescue information
Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc.
Bats: Bat World
Opossums: The National Opossum Society
The Raptor Conservarcy of Virginia
Gable's Raccoon World
Sea Turtles: Sea Turtle Rescue
Seals and Sealions:
Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Song Birds: For the Birds
Squirrel Wildlife Rehabilitation
Massachusetts Turtle Rescue Inc.
If You Find A Stranded Whale Or Dolphin
Saving the Best 'Til Last:
Adopting the Wild Norway Rat
Caring for Orphaned Baby Rats or Mice
Raising Orphaned Rats
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