Help Injured or Orphaned Wildlife During Pandemic

New Jersey wildlife rehabilitators are trained and qualified to care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Our regular rehabilitator page (here) provides life-saving tips on what to do if you have found injured or orphaned wildlife.

We’ve updated the list to let you know which rehabilitators are able to help animals during the pandemic.

NOTE: If you have found a bird, please use this guide to determine what to do.

Atlantic County

Peggy & Suzanne Fenton, Wildlife Aid, 155 Asbury Rd., Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234, 609-927-0538 (Open to take in wildlife.) Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, foxes, coyotes.

Burlington County

Ruth Brooks, Freedom Center for Wildlife, PO Box 2014, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077, 856-366-4114 (Case by case basis. Need to make an appointment to speak to someone first. Visit website too.) Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, bats, beavers, foxes, coyotes. Birds: Raptors, seabirds, waders, shorebirds, gulls, terns, skimmers, passerines, aerial insectivores, upland game birds.

Lori Swanson, Michael O’Malley, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 6 Sawmill Rd., Medford, NJ 08055, 856-983-3329 (Still taking in wildlife. Hospital open 24 hours a day.) Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, deer. Birds: Raptors, seabirds, waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, gulls, terns, skimmers, passerines, aerial insectivores, upland gamebirds.

Gloucester County

Victoria Schmidt, Angelique Gorham, 115 Heritage Rd., Barnsboro, NJ 08080, 856-207-7026, 856-217-5957 (Still taking wildlife.) Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons. Birds: Waterfowl only (ducks, geese, swans, seaducks).

Hunterdon County

Tracy Leaver, Heather Freeman, Melissa Anahory, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 5046, Clinton, NJ 08807, 908-730-8300 (Business as usual. Need to call ahead of time. Will instruct drop off service. If you call, please let them know if a bear is in need of help.) Recommended for bears.

Mercer County

Hannah Suthers, Songbirds at Home, 4 View Point Dr., Hopewell, NJ 08525-2112, 609-466-1871 (Only handling songbird calls after hours for advice.) Animals handled: Birds: Passerines, aerial insectivores, upland gamebirds.

Priscilla E. M. Purnick, Ph.D., St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc., Princeton Junction, NJ, 609-375-8996. Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), rabbits, opossums, raccoons, beavers. Reptiles: Turtles

Monmouth County

Melissa Jacobs, 71 Lincoln Ave., Neptune City, NJ 07753, 732-775-5157 (Open for business as usual. Please call ahead.) Animals Handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons.

Jean Parker, Garden State Wildlife Center, PO Box 424, Howell, NJ 07731 732-908-2345 Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons

Associated Humane Societies, Tinton Falls branch, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753, 732-922-0100. (Will help Monmouth county birds through their town Animal Control Officer.)

Morris County

Anthony Desimone, 7 Edgehill Ave., Morristown, NJ 07968, 201-709-0934 (Not taking any more wildlife.)

Christopher Soucy, The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Rd., Millington, NJ 07946, 908-647-2353 (24-hour infirmary is still operational.) Animals handled: Birds: Raptors, waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, gulls, terns, skimmers, passerines, aerial insectivores, upland game birds. The Raptor Trust will help you in identifying birds.

NOTE: We do not recommend taking baby starlings or English (house) sparrows to The Raptor Trust as we’ve been told by The Raptor Trust they will be humanely euthanized as invasive species. Baby sparrows & starlings can be legally rehabbed by knowledgeable laypersons who adhere to specific instructions. To determine if you have a sparrow or starling, view this guide. If you do, the Bi-state Wildlife Hotline offers these tips: Caring for baby sparrows and starlings.

Ocean County

Joseph Gili, 56 Irish Branch Road, Whiting, NJ 09759, 609-618-7779. (Reactivating his license soon. Available for advice.) Animals handled: Deer only.

Passaic County

Dolores Garbowski, Wildlife Freedom Inc., 781 Ringwood Ave., Wanaque, NJ 07465, 973-839-4597 (Business as usual, but if an animal is sick or injured referring to Franklin Animal HospitalAnimals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, beavers, otters, foxes, coyotes, deer.

Nancy Warner, 201-693-6440 (Open and will take wildlife. Call first. Asking people to drop off the animals and put in a cardboard box, then she will put the animal in a sterilized cage.) Animals Handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons.

Sussex County

Giselle Chazotte-Smisko, Avian Wildlife Center, 146 Neilson Rd., Wantage, NJ 07461, 973-702-1957 (Open as usual.) Animals handled: Birds: Raptors, waterfowl, waders, gulls, terns, skimmers, passerines, aerial insectivores, upland game birds.

Warren County

Hope Kosch Davison, Caitlin Aromando, Sharon Rommel, Samantha Delapenha, Cheyennelynn Rivera, Wild Baby Rescue Center, 14 Grouse Mountain Rd., Blairstown NJ 07825, 908-362-9453. (Not taking any wildlife.)

Kelly Simonetti, Carol Dragland, Ronnie Lissner, Sara May-Bennett, Linda DeLorenzo, Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, 52 County Rd. 661, Newton, NJ 07860, 973-800-2420 (Open to take wildlife. Call in advance before bringing any animal.) Animals handled: Mammals: Rodents (chipmunks, squirrels, etc.), minks, skunks, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, Deer

Red Bank Animal Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ. 723-747-3636 (Open to take wildlife. Will also take injured wildlife.) Various locations.

Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital, 754 Franklin Ave, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, please call the animal hospital at 201-817-5564 and speak to one of the wildlife team members. We will advise you on your next step in helping this injured or orphaned animal.