Rural Animal Welfare Resources
Empowering You to Respect and Care for Animals

Wildlife Rescue

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 17:54 -- penny

If you want to help wildlife in distress, RAWR needs you to take the animal to the closest veterinary practice.

Every wild animal coming into human care will be stressed. Not just from their injuries or illness, but from simply being close to people. They see people as predators. They do not understand you are trying to help. To reduce stress, put wildlife in a dark, quiet and warm environment. This also means NOT lifting the cover on a cage. Disturbing the animal should only be done in the course of an examination or husbandry procedure. Wildlife are not pets to be passed around or shown off.

Wildlife must be 100% fit and healthy to have the optimum chance of a reasonable quality of life after release. The animal you rescue may be regarded unsuitable for re-release and therefore it will generally be unsuitable to persist with treatment or care. This might feel like a failure, but please remember that the animal’s welfare is paramount. That you have been able to play a role in reducing an animal’s pain and suffering should be considered a positive outcome.

Zoonotic Diseases

All animals have the potential to carry zoonotic diseases. These are diseases that humans can catch from animals. To avoid contracting these, you should always practice good hygiene. This includes washing your hands thoroughly after handling animals, taking care of any injuries or illnesses you have promptly, and using higher temperatures for laundry that has come in contact with animals. You can greatly reduce the risk of a zoonotic disease by reducing unnecessary exposure to animals. Even apparently healthy animals may transmit zoonotic disease. You can take preventative action, including keeping your own vaccinations up to date as well as your pets’ vaccinations and worming practice.