In almost all cases, it’s best to leave wildlife alone. Use the resources on this page to find out what to do if you think an animal needs help. If you determine that an animal needs intervention, you can contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.
Wildlife rehabilitators are individuals, veterinarians, or organizations licensed by MassWildlife who volunteer to care for sick or injured wildlife. Many rehabilitators specialize in caring for certain types of wildlife, such as songbirds or small mammals. Rehabilitators don't charge for their services, but will often accept donations to help cover their costs. Wildlife rehabilitation permits are governed according to 321 CMR 2.13.
Those interested in becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator can find resources as well.