Wildlife – Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic
We are able to see most critically ill or injured wildlife species. Please call ahead to make sure we can see the type of wildlife you have found. If you have found wildlife that is not critically ill or injured (for example, baby birds) please visit the websites below or contact a wildlife rehabilitator for further information.
When you come in, you will sign a release of wildlife form. At that point we will take the animal into Wildlife | Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Salem, OR 503-588-8082our care. The veterinarian will perform a full examination to ascertain the extent of sickness or injury. If it is determined that the animal can be rehabilitated, we will provide housing until we can contact a wildlife rehabilitator. If it is determined that the animal has no chance of being rehabilitated and its injury or sickness is too severe, we will euthanize the animal.
There are many animals that are not lawfully able to be rehabilitated by state law- including but not limited to starling birds, opossums, bats, nutria, and eastern gray squirrels. These species are non-native, invasive species.
We are not able to see skunks, raccoons or bats due to the risk of disease. We also recommend that if you find a sick or injured skunk, raccoon or bat to leave it alone and contact a wildlife association with any questions. These species carry many diseases and parasites that can be communicated to humans, including some life-threatening diseases.
Salem Wildlife Rehabilitation Association- 503-856-8242
Summer Hours 8am-8pm / Winter Hours 8am-6pm
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center- 503-540-8664
What to do if you find a baby bird- http://www.nwrawildlife.org/sites/default/files/FoundBird.pdf
What to do if you find a baby mammal- http://www.nwrawildlife.org/sites/default/files/FoundMammal.pdf
Tips from Oregon Fish and Wildlife- http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/rehabilitation/index.asp
Remember: it is unlawful to remove an animal from the wild or hold one in captivity without a license. If you encounter sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, contact ODFW, OSP or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to help. Oregon’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators are trained and qualified to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Never assume an animal is orphaned unless you saw its parent die. Most animals will leave their young temporarily to forage or hunt. Removing a young animal from the wild greatly reduces its chances at long-term survival in its natural environment. Call ODFW, OSP or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before picking up or moving any wildlife.