Finding an Injured or Orphaned Animal


BEFORE you take ANY action, you need to determine if the animal is, in fact, injured or abandoned. Well-meaning humans often interfere in wildlife situations that would have turned out better if left alone. (Mother Nature usually knows what she's doing.) A fledgling bird can easily be mistaken for a hurt or stranded baby. An opossum who is merely "playing 'possum" until the coast is clear can look like an animal at death's door. Finding a nest of baby bunnies is alarming, until you realize Mom has to go out for dinner once in a while and will return when she's done foraging. Animals fledge and go out on their own at different rates. Some animals may look like babies to you, but in their minds they are ready for their chance in the world!  


When you THINK you have discovered an animal in need of help, you can go to where you are able to find contact information and find a list of wildlife rehabilitation facilities near you based on your zip code (anywhere in the continental U.S.).  Or contact one of the other listed entities.  They can tell you if intervention is indeed required. The links below are resources for getting in touch with wildlife rehabilitation centers in the St. Louis Metro area, should you end up needing one. You can also call them to inquire about an animal. All of these facilities can give you information regarding the status of the animal you have found.  


If, after consulting with one of these agencies, you still need assistance, we may be able to help. (For instance, if you are instructed to bring the animal to one of their facilities and do not feel comfortable handling this on your own, we can assist.) There may be other ways we can help in these situations. Simply give us a call, and we'll see what we can do. (A fee for travel and/or services may be incurred.)




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by Humane Wildlife Solutions is implied or intended by inclusion here.


(These sites are provided here to offer additional resources for issues regarding wildlife and rehabilitation.)



Long Meadow Rescue Ranch

(Abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, pigs, ducks, and other farm animals)


480 Joseph’s Road

Union, MO 63084



Wildlife Rescue Center


1128 New Ballwin Road

Ballwin, MO 63021



Wild Bird Rehabilitation



9624 Midland Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63114



Missouri Bat Census


Best reached through the following media-

Jefferson City, Missouri



Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic


1864 Little Brennan Road

High Ridge, MO 63049



World Bird Sanctuary

(birds of prey)


125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road

Valley park, MO 63088





GeesePeace St. Louis

(Goose conflict management and information)

(314) 567 - 2081

Chesterfield, MO 63006





Tree House Wildlife Center


23956 Gree Acres Road

Dow, Illinois 62022

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