Injured Animal Guidelines

Have you found an animal that appears injured or orphaned?

Leave A Message And We Will Return Your Call.
PLEASE NOTE: It is against the law for people to possess wild animals without the necessary state and/or federal permits.
General Actions To Take If You Find An Animal:

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.
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 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. We hold quarterly open houses each year, and you and your family are more than welcome to visit at that time.

COVID-19 UPDATE:
During COVID-19 we have special guidelines for animal admissions. We aren’t currently having anyone come into the building. Please have the animal in a closed box that you can leave. Put your name on the box just because we may have other animals coming in at the same time. (so we know what’s in there before we open the box). We are in a farmhouse that sits up by the road. There is no sign at the road that says Nature’s Nursery, but the street number is out there. When you pull in you will see other cars parked just pass the farmhouse, don’t go that far. There is a two-car brick parking pad right in front of the handicap ramp. Pull up onto that brick parking pad and call to let us know you are here. You may have to leave a message. Set the box by the office door on the left. We will be out shortly to get it.

**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.

We Are Members of:

Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association: http://www.owra.org

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association: http://www.nwrawildlife.org

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council: https://theiwrc.org/

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