Neither mammal or bird parents
will reject their baby solely because it was touched by humans. THEY DO
NOT CARE ABOUT HUMAN SCENT. I have, personally, returned baby birds,
baby bunnies, baby raccoons, and fawns with absolutely no problems.
Many wild animals are susceptible to domestic animal diseases. If you insist on allowing your pets to run free, please protect them and our wildlife by making sure they get their annual vaccinations. This will not only protect you from unnecessary vet bills but will spare our wildlife from the ravages of domestic animal diseases.
Rabies: with the exception of a few bats, B.C. is and has always been rabies free. This disease has been kept at bay both on the Island and throughout the province due in great part to our pet owners getting their pets vaccinated, and keeping these vaccinations up to date.
DO NOT EVER feed or give water to any wild creature, period. Creatures in trouble are often severely dehydrated and cannot process fluids given orally, let alone food. In fact, providing food or water to a critical creature may be the final stress that kills them. Seek help from one of the sources on this website, or a vet. Always err on the side of caution, doing nothing is almost always better than trying to do something, once the creature is in a secure, dark, warm environment.