The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is treating more emaciated wild animals for dehydration as they are struggling to find water during the heatwave according to wildlife experts. The Center has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of ill, injured, or orphaned animals from this time last year.
Among the impacted animals coming into the Center to receive fluid therapy for rehydration last Friday include a loon, woodpecker, yellow-crowned night heron, and a mockingbird. The animals will be released once they have been rehabilitated.
How to Help Local Wildlife During a Heatwave
- At least once a day, remove dirt and debris from birdbaths and fill them with fresh clean water.
- Put out extra birdseed or suet in your yard.
- Check under trees in your neighborhood for distressed wildlife that may have fallen. If it’s safe to do so, place them in a box with soft rags and get them to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas Center as soon as possible.
- Never attempt to feed or give water to any distressed wildlife as they may have other serious injuries.
- If it’s after business hours, place them in a quiet environment, away from regular household noise and pets until you can get them to Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas.
For complete guidelines on helping distressed wild animals, click here or call the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas at 713-861-9453.
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