Heavy rains and gusty winds are expected this Friday and those type of storms can be life-threatening for many of the smallest wild animals in and around our neighborhoods. Migratory birds can be blown off course, baby squirrels can fall from their nests, and baby rabbits can be flooded out of dens. The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas often sees an influx after storms and wants to offer tips on how to help save these storm victims living in your backyard.
How to Help a Distressed Wild Animal After a Storm
- Carefully place the wet wild animal in a box with soft rags and a warm (not hot) water bottle, a rice sock, or a heating pad set on low until you can get them to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas.
- Never attempt to feed or give water to any distressed wildlife as they may already have water in their lungs or other serious injuries.
- Give them a warm and quiet environment, away from regular household noise and pets.
For complete guidelines on helping distressed wild animals, please visit their webpage or call the Center at 713-861-9453. The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is Houston’s only trauma and wildlife rehabilitation center that treats all injured, sick, or orphaned native Texas wildlife species, turning away no
animal in need.
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