Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
During my rehab experience, I found the animal control people to be the most inexperienced when it came to wildlife, and the most anxious to get it out of their hands. (This was MY experience, I'm sure that there are others somewhere that are more concerned.) The rehabbers in our area were very loosely organized, but we did know which one of us to call for what and we all had the number of one lady who would always take songbirds (and we all appreciated her, because they are very difficult to work with). Personally I would call my veterinarian before I call the animal control because he is most likely to know someone OR would take it in himself.
(We had someone come to our office once and ask if we were the people who took in wild animals. The receptionist said yes, but couldn't get any info out of him regarding type of animal, etc. He came back a few minutes later w/two kittens who didn't even have their eyes open and were crawling w/fleas. I had never worked w/such a small kitten but one of the other girls working there did. We tried hard to get them to eat, etc., but ultimately found out that they had FeLV. Coulda choked that guy!!)
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