Do NOT bring injured or orphaned wildlife to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.

Alert Date: April 15, 2021


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. 

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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 rabiesif 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

Species-specific information from MassWildlife

What to do if you find a wild animal that might be sick or injured >