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Overnight Care of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Turtles

Overnight care of reptiles, amphibians, and turtles

  • Safe environment – Place the animal in a small waterproof container with adequate air holes for ventilation.  For frogs, toads, or salamanders a warm moist washcloth should be placed in the enclosure for the animal to gain moisture from.  For turtles a small amount of water can be added to keep just their feet moist.  *If the turtle has a broken shell DO NOT give it any water – please keep it completely dry.  Snakes may be kept in a small container that they cannot escape f

Overnight Care of Orphaned Ducks and Geese

Overnight care of orphaned ducks and geese

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a small covered cardboard box or plastic carrier with plenty of air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels or old t-shirts.  Do not use grass clippings, wood chips/shaving, newspaper or paper towels; these types of bedding become damp very quickly which can lead to hypothermia. Keep the box inside in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Overnight care of orphaned songbirds

Overnight care of orphaned songbirds

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a small cardboard box or plastic container with plenty of small air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels or old t-shirts.  A mock nest can be set with up with a small Tupperware container with paper towels inside. Do not use grass clippings or wood chips/shavings. Change the bedding immediately if it gets soiled.  Keep the box inside in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Overnight care of orphaned mammals

Overnight care of orphaned mammals

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a small cardboard box or plastic carrier with plenty of small air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels, old t-shirts, or paper towels.  Do not use grass clippings or wood chips/shaving.  Keep the box in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Overnight care of injured adult waterfowl

Overnight care of injured adult waterfowl

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a cardboard box or plastic carrier with plenty of air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels, old t-shirts, or you can line the bottom with newspaper for adults.  Do not use grass clippings or wood chips/shaving.  Keep the box inside in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Overnight care of injured adult songbirds

Overnight care of injured adult songbirds

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a small cardboard box or plastic carrier with plenty of small air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels, old t-shirts, or paper towels.  Do not use grass clippings or wood chips/shaving.  Keep the box in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Overnight care of injured mammals

Overnight care of injured mammals

  • Safe environment – Place the animal(s) in a small cardboard box or plastic carrier with plenty of air holes for ventilation.  Use soft bedding such as towels, old t-shirts, or paper towels.  Do not use grass clippings or wood chips/shaving.  Keep the box inside in a quiet, dark area away from pets and people.

Wildlife Supplies Needed

Wildlife supplies needed

Our wildlife rehabilitators provide care for over 3,000 orphaned and injured wild animals each year. These specially trained individuals are volunteers who donate their time, money, and energy.

The items listed below are a constant need in the well being of the wild animals we care for. You can make a difference in a wild animal’s life by contributing any of these items. Items donated are tax deductible and will be shared with our network of rehabilitators as needed. Thanks for your help!

Injured or Orphaned Squirrels

Injured or orphaned squirrels

If the squirrel has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, or the animal is attempting to move away but is falling over, this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information.

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

Injured or orphaned wildlife

Follow these simple steps below when you come across wildlife that may need assistance:

Review our injured wildlife library (below) to determine your next steps. If you you need further assistance, please contact a wildlife technician at (763) 489-2223.

Injured and orphaned wild animals can be brought to our Golden Valley site during the following times:

  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

No appointment is needed for dropping off wildlife.

Animal Humane Society locations

Buffalo

4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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Woodbury

9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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