OPEN 7am - 6pm EVERY DAY | 530-885-0862 | 11251 B Ave. / Auburn, CA

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Coming across an unattended baby animal — especially fawns, rabbits, or hares — can be an especially stressful and concerning event, but just because a baby wild animal is unattended doesn’t mean you need to intervene.  It’s so much better for everyone when wildlife are raised by their wild moms.  Unintended, accidental kidnappings account for a large number of our intakes, so we hope that following this checklist will help you determine if you need to intervene:

  1. Is the animal crying out or vocalizing?
  2. Has the animal been injured or is it in imminent danger of being injured by a cat or a dog?
  3. Is the young animal coming towards people without fear (this can be a sign of starvation)?
  4. Are there signs of injury or insect infestation?
  5. Is the animal extremely cold?
  6. Is the animal in a roadway or in imminent danger of entering a roadway?

If the answer is YES to any of the questions — this baby animal needs help. If you can do so safely, and without harm to you or the animal:

  • Place it into a cardboard box or appropriately sized paper bag with holes provided for air OR in an animal carrier.
  • You can place paper towels or a fleece fabric for the animal to rest on, but make sure it is not a fabric that their claws or feet can get tangled or snagged in.
  • Do not feed or hydrate the animal
  • Keep it warm, dark, and quiet away from the curious eyes of children or pets
  • Bring it IMMEDIATELY to our Wildlife Intake Center (or your nearest wildlife rescue) in accordance to the current hours of operation listed at the top and bottom of this site. If we are CLOSED please call us at 530-885-0862, listen for the appropriate animal category, and leave a message on our phone tree.

If these answer is NO to those questions — please leave the baby alone. Wildlife parents often leave their young unattended as they go out to forage or hunt for food. We know it can be hard to step away, but it’s what’s best for the baby!

Our Wildlife Intake Center (WIC) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Hours:
Our hours fluctuate through the year so always check our website (at the top or bottom of any page) or call our phone line for our current hours.

We are located at:
11251 B Ave., Auburn, CA 95603

When our WIC is closed, please keep the animal warm, dark and quiet – do not offer food or water. Please DO NOT leave it at our WIC when we are closed – there are many wild and domestic predators that could kill the animal. Many veterinary clinics will accept animals, as does Placer County Animal Services. We will get the animal from them as soon as possible.

During our open animals, please transport directly to our WIC, where the animal will receive immediate care. If you take it to a veterinarian, they will simply call us and we may not get the animals for hours. Time is of the essence, and you can help expedite by getting the animal right to us.

Gold Country Wildlife Rescue (Placer County) 530-885-0862


Fawns | Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue: 530-889-5822
Bats | NorCal Bats: 530-902-1918
Placer County Animal Services: 530-886-5500
CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife: 916-653-6420
El Dorado County | Sierra Wildlife Rescue: 530-621-4661
Nevada & Yuba Counties | Wildlife Rescue & Release: 530-432-5522

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