Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
Each state has different rules - you would need to check with your nearest Game and Wildlife Office to see what your particular area requires.
KY was an easy place to get a license, especially when the officer found out that I worked for two different vets and would be available to the humane society after hours. I had to get a cage built in the back yard (off the ground with part of it enclosed for an animal to sleep in and part open) and had to talk to a couple of neighbors to make sure no one would be offended.
In FL I would have to have a Federal license, which is no walk in the park to get. You have to have letters of recommendation, letters from vets, several different cages of different sizes, they come to investigate you. With a federal license you are approved to rehab anything, including raptors. Don't tell, but I took care of several hawks and owls! The only person in town with a federal license was impossible to get in touch with.
Make that first call - or check the 'net! It is rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time, but I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to do it.
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