Help! I found orphan wildlife. What should I do?

There are two local wildlife rescues that may be able to help.

Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center

Walden's Puddle

The most important thing to remember is to not keep the animal and take care of it yourself! Not only could it potentially do more harm than good to the animal, it is also illegal!

In the event you ever find an injured or orphaned animal out in your yard or in the wild, contact a permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator prior to picking the animal up. The TWRA is happy to provide a list of authorized Wildlife Rehabilitators to ensure the safety and well being of the animal and yourself.

Note: Wildlife Rehabilitators do not pick animals up. If you find an animal and a rehabilitator can accept the animal, you will need to arrange transportation to deliver the animal to the Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Also please visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency for further information.

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1. When will you be moving to the new shelter?
2. Where are you located?
3. I found a pet in my neighborhood, what do I do?
4. Help, I found orphan kittens! What do I do?
5. Does your shelter have a wish list?
6. Can I do court ordered or school required community service at your shelter?
7. Are you the same as Animal Control? Or a Humane Society?
8. Where do your animals come from?
9. Are you a no kill shelter?
10. I adopted an animal from you, and now I can no longer keep them. What do I do?
11. Do you give vaccinations to the public?
12. Who qualifies for your services?
13. What all can I do when my animal goes missing?
14. I adopted a pet, but have questions.
15. How do you determine the age/breed of a stray?
16. When I adopt, what vaccination/medications had my animal received?
17. Help! I found orphan wildlife. What should I do?