WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE PERIOD:
-The Wildlife Department will be responding to animal emergencies.
-Anyone with a wild animal emergency should CALL BEFORE TOUCHING THE ANIMAL(s) OR BRINGING THE ANIMAL(s) IN!
-The Wildlife Department at the SPCA can be reached Monday – Sunday, including holidays, at the following times:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. : Please call 716-875-7360, ext. 247.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Emergencies only, 716-875-7360, ext. 214.
8 p.m. – 8 a.m. : We are closed.
– Anyone with an appointment to bring an animal to the SPCA Serving Erie County Wildlife Department must come to the SPCA wearing a mask or appropriate face shield.
The Wildlife Department provides medical treatment to more than 176 species of wildlife. We are one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in New York State, dedicated to rehabilitation, release, and education of wildlife. With a staff that includes licensed rehabilitators, a wildlife veterinarian, and 150 volunteers, approximately 3,930 sick, orphaned, and injured wild animals are cared for annually!
The mission of the SPCA’s Wildlife Department is to rehabilitate and release sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife, while reducing conflict between humans and wildlife. Our Wildlife Department is one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in New York State, located in the heart of Erie County just outside Buffalo! We admit nearly 4,000 wild animals each year, take over 8,000 phone calls, and the numbers are steadily rising. Our high volume of animals is cared for by two full-time staff members, two part-time veterinarians, and four additional part-time staff members…with 150 volunteers!!
Of all animals treated, 54% are birds of all kinds: songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, etc. Our outstanding wildlife cases have included the rehab/release of threatened and endangered species such as Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Least Bitterns, all while rehabilitating the more commonly-seen species, including songbirds, cottontail rabbits, and grey squirrels. Our department provides medical care for domestic exotic animals before they’re ready to be adopted and periodically assists the DEC with capture, transport, and care of various wildlife. The Wildlife Department is instrumental in the training and educational opportunities offered to all New York State wildlife rehabilitators.
Our volunteers do everything from medical care, feeding orphaned songbirds, husbandry care, taking telephone calls, data entry, and more. We intake many orphaned cottontail rabbits and squirrels in the spring/summer—these babies need daily feedings and are fostered by home-care volunteers until it’s time for release. We are always looking for foster care volunteers! For more information about becoming a volunteer, see the link posted below.
From box turtles to falcons, gulls to opossums, and everything in between, members of the SPCA’s Wildlife Department can assist with your wildlife emergencies, questions, or concerns. Most wildlife species that are in need can be cared for by our dedicated staff of professionals. Call the SPCA Wildlife Department at 875-7360 ext. 247.
Animals we do not treat:
- Deer: We do NOT rehabilitate White Tailed Deer. (Please call Fuzzy Scherer at 716-909-8536.)
- Rabies Vector Species
- Raccoon: We will take sick or injured raccoons NOT nuisance/healthy raccoons for humane euthanasia.
- Skunks: We will take sick or injured skunks NOT nuisance/healthy skunks for humane euthanasia.
- Bats: We will take sick or injured bats and transfer them to Dr. Moran, our wildlife veterinarian, for rehabilitation.
- If you or your pet may have had contact with a Rabies Vector Species, please call the Erie County Department of Health-Rabies, Disease & Vector Control Program 716-961-6800
- If you have a nuisance animal, a list of licensed private wildlife trappers and pest control operators is available from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at 716-851-7000.
Healthy Animals with Parents
- The best place for a healthy baby animals (squirrel, cottontail, opossum, duckling, etc.) is with their parents. We are always second best for an animal. If the parents are alive it is very important to get the baby back to their parents.
- Don’t worry that touching them makes the parents reject the animal because of your smell. This is false!
Learn more about becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator,
visit the website of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council!