Wildlife Rehabilitators in Southeastern Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee County
    RehabilitationWildlife Rehabilitation Center
    (Wisconsin Humane Society)
    4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.  Milwaukee WI
    (414) 431-6137

  • Waukesha County
    Wildlife In Need Center
    W 340 S 2383 Hwy C. Oconomowoc, WI
    (262) 968-5075

    Humane Animal Welfare Society
    701 Northview Rd.   Waukesha, WI
    (262) 542-8851  Ext. 108

    Susan Verdan
    (262) 965-4335

  • Racine County
    Windhover Wildlife Rehabilitation
    (414) 639-0427

  • Ozaukee County
    PineView Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center
    W 4953 Hwy H   Fredonia, WI
    (262) 692-9021

  • Walworth County
    Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital
    (262) 248-5055


Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

RehabilitationMany people feel compelled to offer humane aid to a suffering animal or bird.  For the animals’ sake, federal and state laws prohibit possession of protected species.  However, in the case of injured or orphaned wildlife, these laws allow for citizens to possess these creatures long enough to get them to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator (up to 24 hours).  Follow the steps below to obtain trained, licensed help quickly.

  1. Call for advice
    Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to ask for their opinion as to whether or not the animal truly needs help.  If the animal is in immediate danger the first step will be to safely get it out of harm’s way

  2. Contain the animal
    If possible, avoid direct handling of the bird or animal. Instead, gently scoop it into a cardboard box or other container.  Watch out for sharp bills, talons, claws and teeth.

    The best method of rescue for an injured bird of prey is to cover it completely with a towel, blanket, jacket or other light weight item that is large enough to cover the entire bird.  Approach it slowly and without looking directly in the eye.  When close enough, place the fabric over the bird and restrain it under the covering.  As the bird calms down, gather the covering together, being careful to get the bird’s wings folded against the body.  Then place in a box for transport.

    For most birds and small mammals, a closed-top box high enough to allow the injured individual to stand without bumping its head can be made into a holding box.  The box should be prepared by punching several small air holes, lining the box floor with paper toweling or other secure footing material that will stay in place during transport.

  3. Transport
    Drive the contained animal as soon as possible to a licensed    wildlife rehabilitator.  Minimize stress for the animal by avoiding excessive handling; loud noise and talking near the animal.

    ~ Information from Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and Wisconsin Humane Society, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.





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