The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital is a drop off and first aid station for injured wildlife.
We are not wildlife experts, trained in rehab, nor are we set up properly to handle wild animals except on an emergency basis.
But we will gladly offer first aid to any injured or sick wild animal that you bring to us during business hours and do one of several limited things depending on the situation at little or no charge to you: *
1. We'll euthanize the badly injured and dying to prevent suffering
2. We treat and fix-up the not so badly injured and either release the creature back into the wild or foster the animal for care until it's ready to be released.
3. If the animal is a bird of prey or an endangered species or a species requiring a permit to have (such as deer), we'll render first aid and contact a licensed rehabilitator to take over.
* Unfortunately, we don't have enough money to take care of the nearly one hundred calls a year we get each Spring and Summer to take care of all the baby squirrels, baby possums, bunnies, and song birds that people find and bring in. So there is a small fee to take care of these types of animals...usually $10-15.
For information about taking care of baby bunnies, birds, squirrels, and other baby wild life .... as well as articles and a little fun ... please go to the wild life pages of my general veterinary information site at the AnimalPetDoctor; Wildlife
The Wildlife pages on the AnimalPetDoctor site include:
But if you do rescue baby wild life you'll find advice and comments on:
Also, Please visit the letters and stories section of our No Kill Shelter Site. Here's a link so some of the letters and stories and information you'll find there:
Also of interest: on our AnimalPetDoctor.com site, there is a section on the diseases people get from pets and wild animals:
Tuberculosis, Plague, and Brucellosis. Pasteurella, Encephalitis, Samonella, e-coli, and Cryptosporidium
Toxoplasmosis, Cat Scratch Fever, and Ringworm
Malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, heartworms, Rift Valley Fever, Lymes Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tick Paralysis, and Monkey Pox
West Nile Disease
Giardia and Cryptosporidia
God Bless, BUT BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, Roger Ross, DVM
While we will help any wild animal you bring to us, we are officially supposed to discourage the public from handling wildlife...for the very good reason that it's dangerous.
Rabies is a real possibility and frightened animals...even babies...bite, scratch, kick, and gouge.
You are at your own risk.
Visit Our Other Sites:
About our Shelter; The Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina. Some of the money we hope to raise will be used to take better care of injured wildlife brought to our clinic.
Links To Other Useful or Interesting Wild Life Sites:
(Thanks to Professor Jeff Foltz of Clemson University for compiling these links)
(TWA) was formed in1985 by a group of ranchers and wildlife managers dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private lands.
Today, TWA serves as an advocate for the benefit of wildlife and for the rights of wildlife managers, landowners and sportsmen in educational, scientific, political, regulatory, legal and legislative arenas.
(WCFA) protects and defends America's wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits -- hunting, fishing and trapping -- which generate the money to pay for them. The WCFA is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs, coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible.