For most of us, summer is a season for sunshine and relaxation. For animal rescue services, it’s also baby season.
Between February and October — but especially in the summer — you’re much more likely to come across baby animals that appear sick, injured, or abandoned. Our advice: Trust the pros.
Meet Harmony Wildlife
Harmony Wildlife rehabilitates orphaned, sick, and injured animals each year before releasing them back to their native habitats. They also educate and improve our ecological community through animal live cams, land conservation, and volunteer opportunities.
Never guess when it comes to animal care. Read Harmony’s “I Found an Animal” guide — note that Tennessee rehabilitators can’t accept fawns — then call or text (615) 266-5701 with a detailed message. But before you do…
Assess the situation
Many animals brought into wildlife rehabilitation centers aren’t actually abandoned. An animal displaying no indicators of distress or injury may just be waiting for mom. If the animal is bleeding or obviously injured, it’s time to get the experts involved.
Be mindful of the animal’s well-being
Don’t act immediately when you’ve determined an animal is abandoned. Human contact stresses the animal and could lead to injury and disease (to you and the animal). Human food or improper feeding techniques can also cause harm. Keep a close eye, be patient, and consult Harmony or another licensed rehabilitator.
At this point, you’re in good hands. Follow their instructions to safely bring in the animal, and go cash in on your good deed for the day. Mother Nature thanks you.