Lifesaving Facts

Lifesaving Facts

The chances of a sick or injured wild bird or mammal surviving can be increased by the response and actions of the person who finds it. This is how you can make a difference if you find a wild creature in distress.

Stress Kills

Stress is the biggest danger to wildlife in captivity. Being handled, petted and talked to are all unnatural and terrifying for them. It can even be fatal. Put them in a covered cardboard box (cage for mammals) and keep them DARK, QUIET and WARM. Hands off!

Time is Essential

To delay is dangerous. The faster we receive the animal and begin care, the better its chances of survival. Infections spread rapidly, fractures can start to heal in the wrong position and even a day without food may be too much for the small and weak. Help conserve their energy by keeping them warm. Get them to help right away.

Prevent Further Damage

Please don't try to treat the animals yourself. Unnecessary handling is stressful and may cause more damage. A small cardboard box will restrict movement and reduce the chance of further injury. Don't feed the animal until you talk to us first. Orphaned mammals in particular are very sensitive to changes in diet and cow's milk upsets their system.


Elizabeth's Wildlife Center

Mail only to P.O. Box 15015
Sevenoaks, Abbotsford, B.C.
V2S 8P1

Open daily 9am-5pm
(604) 852-9173
Call for drop-off location