Help Austin Wildlife Rescue save baby animals

You’re more likely to find baby animals in need this summer, so be informed about how your intervention can help (or harm) local wildlife in need.

A baby ringtail cat being held up in a glove

Austin Wildlife Rescue helped rehabilitate this baby Ringtail cat few weeks ago.

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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 Austin Wildlife Rescue

Austin Wildlife Rescue rehabilitates close to 9,000 orphaned, sick, and injured animals each year before releasing them back to their native habitats. They also work to teach locals about wildlife through events like the annual Caring for Critters Brunch in September, learning resources, and volunteer opportunities year-round.

Never guess when it comes to animal care. Check Austin Wildlife’s “Found a Wild Animal” flowchart and FAQ page for next steps, then call (512) 472-9453 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 Austin Wildlife or another licensed rehabilitator.

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.

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