Help! I Found an Animal

Wildlife Images is accepting patients under COVID Procedures.

 

Orphaned Owlets

QUICK FACTS

  • Drop off hours: 9 am – 4 pm (Winter), 9 am – 5 pm (Summer). 7 days a week.
  • Our Clinic is closed for intakes on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. We are closed down by 12pm on Holiday Eves.
  • Address: 11845 Lower River Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97526. Get Directions
  • Baby Animals: What to do if you find a baby bird or mammal.
  • Animal Policy: Our clinic offers treatment to Oregon’s native wildlife. We are not permitted to treat non-native animals, domestics, or specific animal species. To view a list of common non-natives and learn more about why we don’t treat certain species, please read over our Animal Care Policies.

While we will always accept patients that we have the capacity and legal ability to care for, we request that anyone bringing in a wild patient make a small donation to offset the high cost of wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife don’t have health insurance after all, and we are reliant upon donations to run our center and wildlife hospital. Anything you have the ability to give is appreciated!

ANIMAL CARE CLINIC

Our Clinic takes in about 1,000 animals a year. We aim to treat animals that have been injured or orphaned from human causes. Some examples of the treatment we offer to Oregon’s native wildlife include but are not limited to pain management, splinting and immobilization, emaciation recovery, raising orphaned babies, or ease of suffering through the use of Humane Euthanasia.

According to Oregon State Law, it is illegal to capture and raise native wildlife in your home or take them to be treated by a veterinarian. When you come across an injured animal that needs treatment, your best option is to bring the animal to a licensed rehabilitation center. Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center is a licensed treatment facility regulated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Giving injured, native wildlife a second chance to survive in the wild is our top priority. If the animal survives its initial injuries, we do everything we can to build back its strength and make sure it is healthy enough to be released into the wild. We are only permitted to release the animal on public lands but we make sure that it is released as close as possible to the initial rescue site, in its native habitat. In some cases, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has different requirements. For example, skunks and raccoons must be released at least 5 miles from private land.  This is because the likelihood of interactions between these species and humans is so high, and the more interaction the larger the threat to the animal.

For the animals that survive their initial injuries, but are not fit to return to the wild, we do our best to find them sanctuary at a qualified, reputable facility where they can be cared for to fit their special needs.

Our facility also aims to educate the public on how to limit hazardous human activity and lower the risk of injury to wildlife outside of the natural predator-prey cycle.

If you need more information or advice on an animal situation, please call our front office at 541-476-0222