Wildlife Rehabilitation is the managed process whereby a displaced, sick, injured or orphaned wild animal regains the health and skills it requires to function normally and live self-sufficiently. The definition may seem simple, but there is a staggering amount of work behind those words. Please read our “About Us” page for more information.
“Caring For Nature’s Babies”
While all baby creatures are cute and cuddly, that is not the purpose or reason that Safe Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center was created. We are an intervention, we are trying to imitate the Mom. We do not speak the same language, it is sheer experience that is our advocate in the endeavor until the baby is old enough, well enough, and strong enough to be released back into their natural habitat. Instincts will help the creature to learn, grow and survive once they leave our care.
Our mission as licensed wildlife rehabilitators is to help orphaned, injured or debilitated wildlife, so they may continue their natural roles in nature.
Does this wild baby really need to be rescued?
When the babies are infants or very young, mother is always nearby. Mothers will not return to their young with humans in sight but they rarely abandon their babies. There is no truth to the tale that a mother will not go back to babies that have been handled by humans. If you or your child or pet brings an uninjured wild baby into the house, do your best to put the baby back where it was so mom can find it. Watch from a distance to make sure mom does come back for the baby.
A baby may only need to be rescued if . . .
- the mother is known to be dead or has not returned to the babies in more than a few hours.
- If the babies have eyes closed the mother will not stay away for more than a few minutes, depending on species.
- it is injured or has been attacked.
- it is lying on its side, stretched out and cold.
- the eyes are still closed and it is out of the nest.
Fledgling birds spend 1-2 weeks on the ground learning to fly and being cared for by their parents. Featherless, downy or incompletely feathered baby birds that fall from the nest may be re-nested. Contact a rehabilitator for instructions.