Do NOT bring injured or orphaned wildlife to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.
Mass Audubon CANNOT accept wildlife or other animals from the public—we are legally prohibited from doing so.
Do NOT drop-off orphaned or injured wildlife at Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.
What to do if you encounter sick, orphaned, or injured wildlife
→ First, assess the situation.
- If you find a bird, determine if it's an injured adult bird or a baby bird unable to fly yet.
- Remember, most mammals are susceptible to rabies—if you find a sick or injured mammal, stay away and DO NOT attempt to handle or move it.
→ If the bird or animal appears truly injured, you should contact a professional wildlife rehabilitator or rescue organization.
- Find a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you.
- If you need immediate assistance, call MassWildlife at 508-389-6300 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm)