Our Emergency Rescue staff rescues sick or injured animals, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in Washtenaw County. Every year we rescue more than 1,000 animals that would have had no other options. Our Emergency Rescue Department is completely funded by the generosity of our donors.
Please call (734) 661-3512 to report a sick or injured animal.
We do not pick up healthy stray animals. Please contact your local animal control or police department to report a healthy stray animal.
What to Do If You Find Sick, Injured, or Abandoned Wildlife
- In most cases, leave the animal alone. Contact an appropriate agency (HSHV, Friends of Wildlife, Help 4 Wildlife, or Bird Center of Washtenaw County) for advice. HSHV is available 24 hours a day for advice and rescue involving wildlife.
- Never offer ANY food or liquid (including milk and water) to the animal without first consulting an expert.
- If the animal appears to be an abandoned baby in immediate danger, it is okay to place it in a dark, warm, quiet place while you wait for advice from Emergency Rescue staff or wildlife rehabilitator.
- Remember, it is illegal to keep/rehabilitate wild animals unless you are a certified wildlife rehabilitator. While you may mean well, animals that are rehabilitated without the knowledge of a certified wildlife rehabilitator will not survive when released back into the wild.
Our partnership with wildlife rehabilitators has saved thousands of lives. If you have a general question or would like information on wildlife, please call the resources listed.
IMPORTANT: If you have a sick or injured wild animal, call HSHV first at (734) 661-3512!