As an exotic pet owner, it's important to have accurate, medically correct information on the care of your special pet. Please click on the icons to the right to select care handouts for reptiles, birds or mammals.

Wildlife

This very young rabbit has his eyes open and ears up. If found outside the nest, he is ready to go out on his own, regardless of his small size.

The Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic provides care for injured or orphaned native wildlife that has been found by the public outdoors. Examples include: hawks and owls, songbirds, and mammals.

While we do not charge for this care, donations are greatly appreciated! Here is our Wildlife Donation Wishlist:

  • Towels, washcloths, blankets and fleeces
  • Paper Towels, Dawn dish soap, bleach
  • Heating pads
  • Food: Kitten Milk Replacer (powdered), powdered goats milk, baby bird handfeeding formula, jars of (human) baby food
  •  Simple monetary contributions

 Click here to donate online!

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We are sorry, but due to the volume of calls, we do not take after hours emergency calls for wildlife.  All after hours calls should be directed to state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators who are trained to provide emergency care, and will transport them to the clinic for medical attention. A full list of licensed rehabiliators can be found on the DNR website here.

Please be advised that it is illegal to capture and keep native Indiana wildlife for any reason, other than rescue and transportation to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.  In general, most wildlife do not make good pets, and some can cause severe injury to would-be rescuers.

A wonderful website for information on what to do with injured or orphaned birds while you are waiting for response from a licensed rehabilitator is:

http://home.mindspring.com/~chris.hatton/

Indiana licensed wildlife rehabilitators:

Chris and Liz Hatton: 877-1187
Kristen Hiteman: 902- DUCK

Injured mammals should be carefully trapped into a container such as a box, or in case of larger wildlife, a large cardboard box or trash can.  Be careful not to directly handle any injured mammal during a rescue attempt.  Orphaned young mammals should be provided with a gentle heat source, such as hot water bottles or a heating pad on low, until they can be turned over to the rehabilitator.

Injured wildlife can be dropped off any time at the clinic during regular clinic hours.

Wildlife Rehab Policy

These baby birds are still in the nest and are not ready to leave. If the nest can be identified, they can be safely returned. If not, they should be delivered to a licensed rehabilitator.

This bird is old enough to be out of the nest. If uninjured, the bird should be left alone. If there is evidence of an injury, (this bird has a broken leg,) the bird should be brought to our clinic during regular business hours or to a licensed rehabilitator.