Use the Following Information to Successfully Help a Wild Animal in Need


Does An Animal


Need Your


Are you sure this baby is orphaned?

Deceased adult nearby

Reuniting has failed


Is the Animal Sick or Distressed?

Eyes or nose discharge

Calling out/crying

Cold to the touch


Covered in bugs or eggs (white rice-like)


Is the Animal Injured?

Been in cat or dog's mouth

Hit by car


Moving oddly


Is the Animal in Immediate Danger?

Caught in netting

Being kept as a pet

Stalked by cat

Too close to cars

Quick Tips

Do not leave a baby if you cannot find the nest. Mom will never find them outside of her nest.

Hairless baby mammal?

While trying to reunite, play a video of the species’ crying baby sounds to attract mom’s attention.

Always try to reunite but be careful not to leave in direct sunlight or in the cold and do not leave out overnight.


It is completely normal to find fawns sitting alone during the day while mom is out foraging.

We do not work with fawns/deer. If you need more help, search VDWR to find a licensed rehabilitator nearby

Baby Bird Hopping on Ground?

Take a picture of the area and come back in an hour. If you find fresh poop, mom and dad are nearby and no help is needed.

Birds require a special permit with both the state and the federal government. If you need more help, search VDWR for a licensed rehabilitator nearby