Find Another Rehabilitator
AWARE takes around 1,300 injured and orphaned patients from around 100 species each year - more than any other center in the state. But unfortunately, there are many more animals in need than we have the capacity to help. When we are full, we encourage rescuers to look for another rehabilitator who may be able to help. Also, sometimes rescuers can't make the drive to AWARE - they may benefit from finding another rehabilitator closer to their location.
If you're in either of these situations you can find people to reach out to on this map of Georgia rehabilitators. (You can also access the same names on this list of Georgia rehabilitators, but be cognizant of their location before you reach out.) If you do call folks, please keep the following in mind:
- The list is maintained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. They update it as frequently as they can, but keep in mind it may not be up-to-the-minute.
- When you call these folks, remember that most of them are either independent people or veterinary professionals, doing wildlife rehab in their spare time. They give a lot of themselves, but they may not always be able to answer the phone or return every call. So please, be polite and patient.
- The list is divided by groups of animals - birds, raptors (hawks, owls, vultures, etc), deer, small mammals, and reptiles. Among the small mammals, those that work with species that commonly carry rabies (bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks) are marked with a check on the right-hand side. Make sure you're calling someone who works on the type of animal you have!
- Don't give up! It may take a bunch of calls and/or some time on the road, but if you are persistent, you can usually eventually find someone who can help.
Best of luck! And thank you for working to help a wild animal in need!