WRL Wildlife Helpline
If you are in Northern Virginia (as far south as Fredericksburg and west as Fauquier County) you can get assistance by contacting WRL Wildlife helpline.
9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST (7 days a week)
If You Are Located Outside of Northern Virginia
If you are located outside of Northern Virginia, refer to the list of other organizations which can provide assistance. No matter where you are, good sources of help include your local animal shelters, humane society, or vets.
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.
The Wildlife Helpline
If you find wildlife you believe is in need of human assistance, call the WRL Wildlife Helpline at (703) 440-0800. A volunteer will return your call and give you instructions on how to proceed.
The helpline operates from 9:00 AM EST to 5:00 PM EST every day of the year. If you call after hours, your call will be returned after 9 AM the following day.
Does This Animal Need Help?
Not sure if an animal needs help? Learn more about how to provide assistance to different types of wildlife.
Support Wildlife Helpline!
Wildlife Rescue League is a volunteer-based non-profit. Your donations support efforts of wildlife rehabilitators as well as Helpline volunteers.