The following instructions are for adults only! Children should not handle any wild animals because of possible injury and exposure to disease and parasites.
1) Call Us At 419-877-0060 or Send A Facebook Message
If you get our voice mail, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Feel free to call us again if more than an hour has passed since your original message.
2) Observe From A Distance
Watch the animal from a distance and take note of what you are seeing. Is the animal limping? Open mouth breathing? etc.
3) If The Animal Is In Immediate Danger (in the road, was in a cat or dog’s mouth)
Then you may get it contained if you feel comfortable doing so. Please remember to take every possible precaution to protect yourself. Always wear gloves. Avoid handling the animal directly. Use a shovel or some other object to gently place the animal into a box. Only do this if the animal is in immediate danger. Nature’s Nursery does not recommend anybody handle certain animals without proper training.
Bringing An Animal In:
Please do not come out to the Center without an appointment. Call and leave a message and we will call you back.
We are not always on site, and if we are, we may be involved in animal care. We admit an average of 3,700 animals a year, so it is very important for us to have scheduled appointments so we may provide the best possible care for the animals. Upon making an appointment and bringing an animal to the center, you will be asked a few questions about yourself and the information you know about the animal. We do not list our physical address so we can avoid animals being dropped off while no one is at the office. These animals have very little chance of surviving when we are not available.
Nature’s Nursery does not charge a fee for the care of the animal.
We gratefully accept donations. We depend heavily on individual contributions to support our work.
Nature’s Nursery is NOT currently open to the public.
Our permits do not allow the rehabilitation animals to be on display, and we feel it is very important for the well-being of the rehabbing animals that we keep human exposure to a minimum. PLEASE do not request a tour if you bring out an animal.
Soon our Wildlife Education Center will be open to the public. Check back in late 2023 for more info,
**NEVER HANDLE ANY BAT that you have found. Don’t allow children to come in contact with it. If you do, the animal will have to be euthanized so that it can be tested for rabies.**
Thank you for your concern for our wild populations! Because of you, so many injured, orphaned and ailing animals are able to receive the care they richly deserve.