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.
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)
Species-specific information from MassWildlife
What to do if you find a wild animal that might be sick or injured >