I have a wild animal, now what do I do?

What Information to Leave on the Help Line:

-If possible, please stay with the animal. It happens a lot that the animal can’t be found after leaving and calling for help

-If CWR is not available when you call, Please leave a detailed message with your name, number, address where the animal is located, email and please describe the animals condition to the best of your ability.


-Call the Helpline for support or advice: 805-482-7617

If you believe the animal(s) must be brought to CWR and you believe it is safe for both you and the animal(s), follow these steps:

  • Get a box large enough to safely hold the animal(s)
  • Make sure the box has plenty of air holes
  • Place a towel, soft cloth or paper towels at the bottom of the box
  • Gently place the animal(s) in the box. You do not have to wear gloves, but be careful not to get bitten and wash your hands before and after
  • Keep the box warm, dark, quiet, and away from children and pets
  • Do not place any food or water in the box
  • Do not look into the box once closed as it can stress the animal(s)
  • Call the Hotline to set up delivery of the animal to CWR or to discuss transport of the animal(s)