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 Eve’s.

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 cause. 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 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 sight, in its native habitat.

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 risk of injury to wildlife outside of the natural predator-prey cycle.

 

>>>>ANIMAL CARE POLICIES

The Wildlife Images Animal Care Clinic does not accept non-native, domestic, or certain other animal species for treatment. These rules are enforced by ODFW and USFW.

Non-Native Animals:

All non-native species pose a threat to the healthy balance of our native ecosystem. Species such as rock doves, house sparrows, starlings, opossums, eastern grey squirrels, fox squirrels and many others were introduced to this area by humans and are competing for limited resources with Oregon’s native wildlife. For that reason we do not contribute to returning more non-native species to the wild. Our regulating agencies (ODFW and USFW) do not permit us to treat, rehabilitate, or release non-natives back into the wild.

We do, however, offer non-native species humane euthanasia to ease the suffering of their injuries. If you find a wounded or suffering non-native animal, do not hesitate to bring it in.

Domestic Animals:

Domestic animals found injured or abandoned on the road should be taken to the appropriate local facilities. You may start by contacting Josephine County Animal Shelter for advice on how to proceed. We do not accept, nor do we offer treatment to domestic animals such as domestic duck or goose species, domestic or exotic bird species, dogs, cats, or any livestock.*

*If you have already dispatched livestock that you are specifically donating as food for our residents, please call our front office for more information, 541-476-0222.

Prohibited Species:

If you see a bear, cougar, or coyote, contact ODFW or Oregon State Police for assistance. Do not attempt to assist it or assume that it has been abandoned. Oregon Administrative Rule does not allow for Wildlife Rehabilitators to rehabilitate bears, cougars, or coyotes.

Fawns:

Wildlife Images and the ODFW have mutually decided to place a temporary moratorium on the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned fawns. If you find a fawn that is seriously injured, call our front desk for more information as we have resources on where to send them for care.

Q: “Since you don’t accept it, can I care for it myself…”

Removing or “capturing” an animal from the wild and keeping it in captivity without a permit is against the law. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine.

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

 

>>>>>BABY ANIMALS

Animal parents will often leave their babies to forage, some even for days at a time, especially if they are raising their young alone. There are times where you may not see the parent, but that doesn’t mean the baby was abandoned. As compassionate rescuers we sometimes find ourselves as ‘accidental kidnappers’ without meaning to. We assume a baby animal is abandoned or orphaned before we have taken the time to really observe the situation.

If you discovered a baby animal that is not injured, the best thing you can do is leave it be. The parents may come back only after you leave the area so as not to reveal their young to a predator. The information below may help direct you in your situation.

If you are seeking advice please call our front office at 541-476-0222.

I found a baby bird

Finding baby birds grounded is not an uncommon occurrence. In the spring, fledglings are learning to fly and it takes many attempts for them to learn. This is all part of the natural process for birds and it is a crucial part of their development. Many species of baby birds will leave the nest and spend as many as 2-5 days on the ground before they can fly. Other birds may stay near the ground for up to two weeks. The parents will still feed and care for the baby while it’s on the ground, protecting it and teaching it life skills. Taking a baby bird into captivity denies them the opportunity to learn from their parents all the skills they will need to survive in the wild.

If you suspect a nestling has fallen from the nest too early, pick it up and place it back in its nest. Birds do not have a developed sense of smell and they will not reject the baby if you touch it. If you can’t reach the nest, you can make one out of a strawberry basket lined with paper shreds, placed high in the tree.

If you find a fledgling on the ground that is in immediate danger from your pets, please keep them inside and away from the area. You may also pick the baby up and place it on a branch higher off the ground where they can hop from branch to branch, but it may just end up on the ground again. The best thing you can do is leave it there to finish learning how to fly and forage from its parents, keeping pets away.

If you find an injured baby bird or you know the parents were killed, you may box it up, remembering to keep calm and quiet as you transport it to our facility for care. If you find that you can’t come immediately, keep the bird in a warm, dark, quiet location and do not offer food or water. Please call for more information or advice.

I found a baby mammal

Many rescued baby mammals are orphaned in our area by vehicles, pets, or extermination.

Some steps we can all take to help prevent these circumstances are to seal up access holes to our homes—ensuring that we are not offering den space near our house, bringing pet food in at night, and securing garbage cans. If you take the time to make sure there isn’t a source of food or shelter inviting them in, they won’t be as tempted to den up near your home.

If you find a baby animal and you know its parent was killed, follow the steps below. If you discover a baby animal that you think may have been abandoned, take time to first observe the animal for a few days, doing your best to secure pets away from the animal. Many parents will leave their young for hours or even days at a time to forage for food. Please call for more information or advice.

To contain the baby mammal:

  1. Make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect yourself; wear gloves and eye protection, and approach with caution.
  2. Have a secure box or kennel at the ready, with a towel or blanket inside. Even babies can be somewhat difficult to catch and you’ll want to make the transfer as quick and smooth as possible.
  3. Bring the animal to Wildlife Images during our drop off hours. If you have to hold the animal for a few hours or overnight, make sure to keep it secured in a warm, dark, quiet location where it will be safe from pets and other excitement. Do not offer food or water, do not handle the animal.
  4. Be sure to wash up thoroughly after you have had contact with the animal. Wild animals can carry diseases that we are susceptible to. Certain animal species such as raccoons, foxes, bats, and skunks are all vector species for rabies. If you have contact with these species, bleach your items after use and wash up thoroughly.

 

>>>>>HUMANE EUTHANASIA

We strive to treat all of Oregon’s native wildlife that comes to our facility, and while we have many successful releases each year, we also have to cope with the animals that come to us that are too far gone to rehabilitate. It is simply a fact of our reality as a rehabilitation facility. A humane euthanasia release is one of the kindest treatments we can offer to some of our badly damaged patients and it is a much more peaceful path than these animals would receive if they were left to succumb to their injuries in the wild.

At Wildlife Images Animal Care Clinic, our staff are Certified Euthanasia Technicians. This is a requirement in our clinic for legal purposes and for us to stay up to date on the most humane ways to ease suffering in an animal. We do our best to make the process as painless as possible by first anesthetizing the animal before we begin the release.

While we are not able to treat non-native species for rehabilitation and release, we will always accept them if they are injured and in pain because we can offer them a humane release from their suffering.

If you have any further questions or are seeking advice, call our front desk at 541-476-0222