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Find a wildlife rehabilitator

Young animals should be left alone, but if you believe an animal is sick, injured, or debilitated, then you may decide to contact a rehabilitator. A licensed wildlife rehabilitator can care for the animal and attempt to return it to the wild.

Young animals may seem helpless, but oftentimes they are neither abandoned nor orphaned. Unless the animal has visible injuries or is with its dead mother, the best thing to do is to leave the young animal alone. For more information on young wildlife, please see What to do if you find young wildlife

If you decide an animal is in need of rehabilitation, use the map and/or table below to find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you. Many rehabilitators specialize in treating certain species or categories of animals, and not all rehabilitators may be able to accept every injured animal. Click on a rehabilitator icon to get contact information and details about the kinds of animals that are accepted. Before trying to capture or transport an animal for care, contact a rehabilitator to ensure they can accept the animal, get advice on the best procedures for safely collecting an animal, and request their address for drop-off. Rehabilitators are often unable to pick-up injured wildlife. Please note that the zoom extent of the map is restricted to protect the privacy of the wildlife rehabilitators.

Note: Not all bird rehabilitators can legally accept all types of birds. All bird rehabilitators may accept wild turkey, ruffed grouse, rock pigeon, mute swan, ring-necked pheasant, house sparrow, starling, and northern bobwhite. Rehabilitators must have a Federal Migratory Bird Rehabilitation permit to care for migratory birds, including raptors/birds of prey, songbirds, and waterfowl. For rehabilitators who accept birds, please see the details in their pop-up text box to determine whether they are or are not authorized for migratory bird rehabilitation.  

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Last updated 8/1/19

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Wildlife rehabilitators volunteer their time to provide services to wildlife and are not compensated by the Commonwealth. When contacting a rehabilitator and they are unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and they will return your call as soon as they are able. Licensed rehabilitators provide care with the ultimate goal of returning the animal to the wild as quickly as possible.

Please keep in mind that wildlife rehabilitators are not authorized to rehabilitate Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern species protected under MESA. If you're not sure whether you have found a listed species, please contact the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Wildlife rehabilitators are also not authorized to rehabilitate venomous snakes, black bears, moose, or white-tailed deer. Additionally, for any issues related to coyote, bobcat, fisher, river otter, and beaver, or for advice on whether a young animal is in need of intervention, please contact MassWildlife at 508-389-6300.

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Table of wildlife rehabilitators

The table below only lists towns with rehabilitators. Therefore, not all towns are listed.

Last updated 8/1/19

For veterinarians

Every permitted wildlife rehabilitator is required to identify a consulting veterinarian. Any medical procedures for which a veterinary license is required, such as surgery or the prescription of drugs, is typically done by the consulting veterinarian, but may be done by any veterinarian licensed in Massachusetts. These services are generally donated. While it is unlawful for anyone to charge a fee to accept a wild animal for rehabilitation, a wildlife rehabilitator may be responsible for veterinary consultation or services [321 CMR 2.13(23)].  

Any veterinarian licensed in Massachusetts who intends to rehabilitate animals on a regular basis (≥ 10 animals annually), or who intends to advertise or promote their services as a wildlife rehabilitator, must receive a wildlife rehabilitation permit from MassWildlife. Veterinarians are exempt from some of the permitting requirements, including the exam and fee [321 CMR 2.13(15)].

Any veterinarian licensed in Massachusetts is authorized in regulation to rehabilitate or euthanize individual animals on an emergency basis, but must meet all of the requirements of 321 CMR 2.13, including the submission of an annual report to MassWildlife by January 31st for the preceding calendar year.

Veterinarians who are not permitted as a wildlife rehabilitator, but who provide care to wildlife should communicate directly with MassWildlife the next business day to determine how long the animal should stay under the veterinarian’s care. Typically after the initial medical treatment, these animals should be transferred to a rehabilitator. Additionally, veterinarians who perform humane euthanasia on wildlife must notify MassWildlife immediately. Veterinarians may not treat deer, moose, or bear, except to humanely euthanize White-tailed Deer.

For licensed wildlife rehabilitators

If you are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and have a question related to authorization of restricted species, soft-releases, being added/removed from the website, or any other issues, please call Jennifer Longsdorf at 508-389-6360. 

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