Wildlife Rescue League Hotline

Finding Help for Native Wildlife

Immediate assistance for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife is essential. Wild animals require specialized medical care and diets. Even a few hours can mean the difference between life and death, or the ability to be returned to the wild.

Do not attempt to care for a wild animal yourself.

If you are in Northern Virginia (as far south as Fredricksburg and west as Loudoun County) or in Washington, DC you can get assistance by contacting the WRL Wildlife hotline described below. If you are outside these areas please see the Resources page for a list of other organizations, agencies and directories which can provide assistance. No matter where you are, good sources of help include your local animal shelters, humane society, or vets.

The Wildlife Hotline

If you find wildlife you believe is in need of human assistance, call the WRL Wildlife Hotline at (703) 440-0800. A volunteer will return your call and give you instructions on how to proceed.

The hotline operates from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM (6 PM in winter) every day of the year. If you call after hours, your call will be returned after 8 AM the following day. See our online brochure Does This Animal Need Help for more information.