Found an Animal? Here's what to do...

If you find an animal in need of help, please call CROW's wildlife hospital at (239) 472-3644, ext. 222 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.7 days a week. If you are unavailable to bring the animal to CROW on Sanibel, we have convenient drop off locations in Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

After business hours, scroll down to see how you can care for the animal until the wildlife hospital opens the following day.

Keep a Safe Distance

Please remember, you should not automatically pick up or  approach injured wildlife. Certain animals should only be handled by experienced rescuers, particularly if they are ill or injured. Disturbing animals could lead to further injury and you could put yourself at risk of bites or attacks, as well. 

If You Must Intervene

Many times, the finder provides an animal’s only chance of getting they need. If you must intervene, the first step in a wild animal rescue is the capture. Before taking action, however, remember that wild animals are easily frightened and may attack once cornered. Protect yourself, and follow these suggestions to make the process happen more smoothly

Reptiles

Turtles

Keep a turtle in a box with a damp towel or rag underneath them to provide some moisture. Please do not put the turtle in water, and do not attempt to repair a broken shell.

Birds

Adult Birds

Keep in a covered, ventilated box or crate. Wild birds injure themselves in birdcages, but cardboard boxes with air holes work very well for them. A towel on the bottom of the box for the bird to stand on is ideal but not necessary.

Baby Birds

Please resist the temptation to feed baby birds because inexperienced feeding can often have fatal results. Place the babies on a towel or tissue in a well-ventilated, covered box. You can give them a “nest” if you’d like – a small bowl or container with tissues piled inside it. Babies need supplementary heat. It is ideal to use a heating pad: set it to LOW, wrap it in a towel, and place the box on top of it. Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle, or any water/ soda bottle or zip-lock bag filled with hot water. Wrap your hot-water bottle or bag in a towel and place it next to the babies in their box. Once baby birds are in a dark and quiet area, they will quiet down and go to sleep.

Mammals

Baby Mammals

Please resist the temptation to feed baby mammals – inexperienced feeding will often have fatal results. Wrap the babies loosely in a fleece blanket or towel and keep them in a well-ventilated, covered box. Babies need supplementary heat – a blanket is NOT enough to keep them warm. It is ideal to use a heating pad: set it to LOW, wrap it in a towel, and place the box on top of it. Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle, or any regular water/soda bottle or zip-lock bag that is filled with hot water. Wrap your hot-water bottle or bag in a towel and place it next to the babies in their box. It is normal for babies to cry for their mother;this does not mean that they are in danger of starving overnight. They will eventually go to sleep.

Adult Mammals

Keep in an escape-proof box. If possible, place a towel or blanket in the box to keep them comfortable. Please resist the temptation to feed animal.

Dropoff Locations

Lehigh Acres

Animal Medical Center2920 Lee BoulevardLehigh Acres, FL 33971
(239) 369-0555(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.), (Tuesday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.), (Saturday 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.) (Sunday, Closed)

Cape Coral

Chiquita Animal Hospital3714 Chiquita BlvdCape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 945-2279Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Kindness East Animal Hospital (Weekends Only)1711 S.E. 47th Terrace Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 945-0111This location only accepts animal drop offs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kindness West Animal Hospital (Weekdays Only)715 Cape Coral Parkway WestCape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 542-7387This location only accepts animal drop offs during the weekdays. Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fort Myers

Coral Veterinary Clinic9450 Cypress Lake DriveFort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 481-4746Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed
South Trail Animal Hospital15472 S. Tamiami Trail (US 41)Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 481-3525Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Indian Creek Pet Hospital17695 Summerlin RoadFort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 466-3888Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Specialized Veterinary Services9500 Marketplace RoadFort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 947-058824 hours a day, 7 days a week