Wildlife Emergencies

If you have found a wild animal that may be injured or orphaned, please contact us by phone as it is the most efficient way to reach us in a wildlife emergency.  If you have found an animal during our hours of operation that is clearly critically injured, there is no need to call ahead unless you are in need of advice for safe capture and transport.  However, accidental kidnappings are common and must be avoided as it is critically important that young wildlife remain in the care of their parent(s) or reunited with their family whenever possible.  It is therefore especially important with healthy juveniles that you contact us before taking action so our professional staff can determine if rescue is the most appropriate response. To prepare for some common scenarios with young wildlife, take a look at the flow charts below.

A Word About Transport and Safety!

WildCare does not have a rescue/transport team and relies heavily on the public for this crucial part of the rehabilitation process.  Don’t worry, the WildCare staff is available seven days a week from 9am to 7pm to provide phone assistance in wildlife emergencies.  405-872-9338.

Never touch a rabies vector species with bare hands.  In fact, for the safety of you and the animal, using gloves is a good rule of thumb when rescuing any wildlife to prevent injury and transmission of disease.  Here in Oklahoma, primary rabies vector species of concern are bats and skunks.  Be aware that rabies vector species of concern vary throughout the country.  These species can still be safely rescued when appropriate precautions are taken.  Click here for more tips for safe capture and transport.

If you reach our voicemail, we are likely on the line with another wildlife emergency, or with a patient.  Please leave a brief message clearly stating your name, phone number, and animal of concern.  Your call will be returned as promptly as possible.  In the meantime, keep the animal in a warm, dark, and quiet place away from pets and loud noises.  Do not handle or feed the animal.

If you reach our voicemail outside of our hours of operation (9am to 7pm), leave a message and keep the animal overnight in a warm, dark, and quiet place away from pets and loud noises.  WildCare does nothave an after-hours drop-off location but is open every day of the year.  Do not handle or feed the animal

Wildlife in need may be brought directly to our center in Noble, or to the OKC Animal Shelter.  We suggest transporting patients directly to Noble whenever possible so treatment can begin without delay.  Injured and orphaned wildlife dropped off at the OKC Shelter will be picked up by a WildCare volunteer for transport to our Noble center daily by 4pm.   Feel free to speak with our trained staff before attempting capture/transport of a wild animal.  Remember to put safety first as you are dealing with wild animals whose behavior can be unpredictable.

WildCare Foundation
7601 84th St
Noble, OK 73068

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division
2811 SE 29th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

WildCare is licensed to work with all native Oklahoma wildlife and is the largest rehabilitation facility in the state, however if WildCare is not a convenient location for you, you may want to check the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s list for a licensed rehabilitators by county to find the closest facility. 

If you have found a wild animal in need outside of Oklahoma, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in that state