Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue

Emergencies & Emergency Care

We are not an organization which has “business hours,” so please call us as soon as possible when you see wildlife in distress.

Generally, injuries are clearly observable as are peculiar behaviors which suggest that an animal (including birds) might be hurt or sick. If you feel secure enough to capture the animal, put it in a softly-lined covered box with ventilation and place the box in a warm, quiet place away from children and pets. Do not give the animal food or water, handle it excessively, or attempt to care for it yourself. Disabled wildlife requires specialized medical care and diets, and stress alone can kill.

If you choose not to or cannot capture the animal, please stay with it until we arrive. Often, it is difficult to locate a disabled animal because they tend to hide. Immediate assistance for disabled wildlife is essential; even a few hours can mean the difference between life and death.

If you find a baby animal which appears to be orphaned or distressed, it is important to patiently observe the animal in its surroundings. If possible, keep cats and dogs or other threats out of the area. If the baby has its eyes open, is fully furred or feathered, and is walking around, it has probably just strayed while its mother is foraging. Watch from a distance for two hours before intervening. Usually within that time, the mother will be back. If she isn’t, you may intervene.

If the baby animal is very young, without fur, and unable to move well on its own, place the animal in a box with a piece of fabric which has been warmed in a dryer. Place the box in the area where you found the baby, out of the way of ant hills and predators. Keep dogs and cats inside until the mother returns to retrieve her baby. Handling by a human will not cause the mother to reject her young.

If a baby bird is without feathers but otherwise appears to be OK, it has fallen out of a nearby nest. Try to find the nest and put the baby back into it.

All wild animals’ natural parents are far better at caring for them than human foster parents. However, if a parent does not return to care for its offspring, please call us.

If we are on another call and unable to respond immediately and the animal has been contained, you may drop it off at the following Drop Off Sites:

1338 Avenue B
Big Pine Key, FL
24 Hours

Cruz Animal Hospital
MM 27 US Highway 1
Ramrod Key, FL
Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM

Doc Syn’s
MM 22.7 US Highway 1
Cudjoe Key, FL

24 Hour Injured Wildlife Hotline:
(305) 872-1982