Our Address is: 8626 SW Citrus Boulevard - Palm City, Florida 34990
772-286-6200 voice   772-286-6220 fax     click here for a map

TCWH is a 501(c)(3) charity. One hundred percent of your contribution goes to TCWH. Zero percent is retained by professional solicitors. Our Florida Department of Consumer Services registration number is SC06659. Our Federal ID number is 59-2410883. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

See our HOURS for patient drop-off times

Injured animals (what is an animal?)

The first consideration must be your own safety. Sick or injured animals do not understand your good intentions, and will defend themselves vigorously. This is true even of animals in grave condition; teeth, beaks, and talons remain functional to the end.

Do not attempt to touch or rescue possible rabies carriers, or animals whose size or whose defensive equipment may cause you injury. Call TCWH or your local Animal Control agency for advice and help.

Most small animals can be picked up using a towel and a cardboard box. Drop the towel over the animal. Once unable to see, the animal should become calmer and easier to handle. Then pick up towel and animal together and place into a box or other container. Do NOT attempt to remove the towel; the animal will become frightened once again, and both you and the animal will be at risk.

Keep the container in a dark, quiet place. Do NOT attempt to feed it, although water may be offered but never forced. Incorrect diets are dangerous to wild animals. Also, medical examination will be facilitated if the animal has an empty stomach.

Bring the patient back to Treasure Coast Wildlife Center during receiving hours, or to a qualified Wildllife Rehabilitator near you. Note that most patients will not be harmed by an overnight wait.

Call us and we will walk you through an analysis of the situation. If necessary we will suggest means of capture, confinement, and transportation. And if you are too far away to bring the animal here, we will help you locate a rehabilitator in your state or area.

See Hours for additional information about patient dropoffs. Click here for printable info in PDF format.

Babies - more detailed info here  <|> Return to Help! For an animal






When attempting to help or rescue a wild animal,

  • Protect yourself!
  • Do not feed!
  • Keep dark and quiet!
  • Do not handle or pet!
  • Do not allow children to handle!


Click here to view/print specific information about dealing with animals you have found (PDF)


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