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better place one squirrel at a time
Be prepared to receive an answering machine since few resources have dedicated reception services.
When leaving a message, slowly, calmly and clearly state your name, telephone number, the type of animal (preferably the species), and the situation that has lead you to believe the animal needs help. Provide this information before any other information.
All rehabilitators have received long emotional messages where the caller forgets to leave critical information like a name or contact number, or the information is so rapidly spoken as to be unintelligible. Contact more than on rehabiitator if you have that luxury to get the most rapid help available. If you don’t hear back within a few hours, call again. In some cases, getting help may take several hours to days. Refer to the Orphan Care or Adult Care links.
When you do talk to a person be prepared to discuss all food, drink and medical treatments you have provided.
If you are calling about a nuisance wildlife situation, a rehabilitator can usually offer good advice on how to get the animal to move along on its own; however, we do not pickup and relocate healthy wildlife.
It is usually pretty easy to get wildlife to move on of its own accord (and much,
much cheaper for you!) When sources of food and housing are eliminated and a little
gentle persuasion (aka harassment using a light or radio) is applied. If you have
wildlife living in your attic or other living space, you must repair entry points
before the next wild animal moves in. Nature abhors a vacuum and goes where it can
Most people are surprised to find that there are so few resources for wildlife. There is no agency, like animal control, that will come out free of charge and pickup injured or orphaned wildlife. In Washington state this role is done completely by volunteers who cannot charge for their services and frequently receive no funding from the state. Most licensed rehabilitators have full time jobs, and spend their own time and money (thousands of hours and dollars per year) to care for distress wildlife. Please support through financial donations or donations of goods to these valuable community resources.
In almost all cases, you will need to capture and transport injured and orphaned
wildlife to the rehabilitator. This may seem like a huge inconvenience, but keep
in mind the person who takes the animal usually has no time to spare. Rehabilitators
spend long hours caring for wildlife, being 100% responsible for their needs and
associated costs -
She is a mean mother! Some people don't want to go through the trouble to find a rehabilitator and then take the animal to them which in some cases can mean hours of driving, deciding its best to let ‘nature take its course.’
You may elect to take that stance but don’t fool yourself. Nature is not kind. Orphaned babies starve to death, die from dehydration and exposure, alone without their mother. Injured animals may succumb to infection, most certainly experience fear and pain, some dragging themselves great distances in search of shelter, food or a little water. Please take suffering animals to the humane society for euthanasia if you are unwilling to take them to a rehabilitator.
If it is in your power to reduce suffering and it is the compassionate thing to do, then please take the time to do it. The few rehabilitators there are cannot do it alone.
What to do when no help is available. Everything you need to know from choosing formula and tools, how much and how often to feed, problems to watch for, and more! This information is appropriate for most orphaned wildlife, not just squirrels.
What to do when no help is available. Everything you need to know to help adult squirrels.
Includes information on food, housing, and common diseases and Illnesses found in squirrels.
Zoonotic diseases are illnesses that can be passed from animals to humans. A few apply to squirrels!
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Local contact information for Multnomah & Clark counties.
Fish & Wildlife, Animal Control, Humane Society, Pest control, Vets, etc.
Instructions for addressing the squirrels immediate needs; as well as, preparation and handling before and during transport to a wildlife rehabilitator or center.