Found an Animal? Here's what to do...

If you find an animal in need of help, CROW’s Wildlife Hospital staff is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven (7) days a week, including holidays. Please call (239) 472-3644 and staff will provide directions to safely contain the animal and direct you to the nearest drop-off location or arrange for a volunteer or staff member to assist in the rescue. We have convenient drop-off locations in Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral and Fort Myers (listed below).

 

 

FOR AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCIES OR IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE KEEPING THE ANIMAL WITH YOU OVERNIGHT, WE RECOMMEND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

 

In Lee County or surrounding areas:

Secure the animal in a box or other suitable carrier and take it to Blue Pearl Pet Hospital at Daniels Parkway and I-75 (9500 Marketplace Road, Fort Myers, Florida). This is a CROW-partner, 24-hour drop-off location. Be sure to fill out the finder’s form with your contact information, location the animal was found and its injuries!

 

On Sanibel & Captiva:

Bring the animal to CROW’s Wildlife Hospital (once on CROW property, take a left at the Visitor Education Center and follow the gravel road to the end of the drive). If not already secured in a box, you may place the animal in one of CROW’s carriers at the bottom of the stairs. Please follow the directions posted by the carriers to fill out the finder’s form AND call/text the number provided to leave a message so we know an animal has been dropped off.

If you are unsure how to proceed when you find a baby animal, it is always best to contact a wildlife rehabilitator BEFORE moving the animal.

Keep a Safe Distance

Please remember, you should not automatically pick up or approach injured wildlife. Certain animals should only be handled by experienced rescuers, particularly if they are ill or injured. Disturbing animals could lead to further injury and you could put yourself at risk of bites or attacks, as well. 

If You Must Intervene

Many times, the finder provides an animal’s only chance of getting the help they need. If you must intervene, the first step in a wild animal rescue is the capture. Before taking action, however, remember that wild animals are easily frightened and may attack once cornered. Protect yourself, and follow these suggestions to make the process happen more smoothly

Reptiles

Turtles

Keep a turtle in a box with a damp towel or rag underneath them to provide some moisture. Please do not put the turtle in water, and do not attempt to repair a broken shell.

Birds

Adult Birds

Keep in a covered, ventilated box or crate. Wild birds injure themselves in birdcages, but cardboard boxes with air holes work very well for them. A towel on the bottom of the box for the bird to stand on is ideal but not necessary.

Baby Birds

Please resist the temptation to feed baby birds because inexperienced feeding can often have fatal results. Place the babies on a towel or tissue in a well-ventilated, covered box. You can give them a “nest” if you’d like – a small bowl or container with tissues piled inside it. Babies need supplementary heat. It is ideal to use a heating pad: set it to LOW, wrap it in a towel, and place the box on top of it. Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle, or any water/ soda bottle or zip-lock bag filled with hot water. Wrap your hot-water bottle or bag in a towel and place it next to the babies in their box. Once baby birds are in a dark and quiet area, they will quiet down and go to sleep.

Mammals

Baby Mammals

Please resist the temptation to feed baby mammals – inexperienced feeding will often have fatal results. Wrap the babies loosely in a fleece blanket or towel and keep them in a well-ventilated, covered box. Babies need supplementary heat – a blanket is NOT enough to keep them warm. It is ideal to use a heating pad: set it to LOW, wrap it in a towel, and place the box on top of it. Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle, or any regular water/soda bottle or zip-lock bag that is filled with hot water. Wrap your hot-water bottle or bag in a towel and place it next to the babies in their box. It is normal for babies to cry for their mother; this does not mean that they are in danger of starving overnight. They will eventually go to sleep.

Adult Mammals

Keep in an escape-proof box. If possible, place a towel or blanket in the box to keep them comfortable. Please resist the temptation to feed animal.

Dropoff Locations

Lehigh Acres

Animal Medical Center2920 Lee BoulevardLehigh Acres, FL 33971
(239) 369-0555Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Cape Coral

Chiquita Animal Hospital3714 Chiquita Blvd SouthCape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 945-2279Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Kindness East Animal Hospital (Weekends Only)1711 S.E. 47th Terrace Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 945-0111This location only accepts animal drop offs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kindness West Animal Hospital715 Cape Coral Parkway WestCape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 542-7387Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday: Closed
East West Veterinary Care Center3625 Del Prado Blvd SouthCape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 945-28008 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week

Fort Myers

Coral Veterinary Clinic9450 Cypress Lake DriveFort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 481-4746Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed
South Trail Animal Hospital15472 S. Tamiami Trail (US 41)Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 481-3525Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Indian Creek Pet Hospital17695 Summerlin RoadFort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 466-3888Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Blue Pearl Pet Hospital9500 Marketplace RoadFort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 947-058824 hours a day, 7 days a week
Edison Park Animal Hospital2035 McGregor BlvdFort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 689-3525Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Medlin Exotic Animal Medical Services14361 Metropolis Ave. #2Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 989-8860Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Closed