Injured Wildlife

What to do if an Animal Needs Help?

For small animals such as hedgehogs or birds, if you can approach the animal, contain it by placing in a suitable box or by wrapping it in a blanket to prevent it compounding its injuries. The creature should then be brought to the USPCA or a local vet for assessment and treatment if required. 

Never attempt to transport large wildlife animals such as Swans, Foxes, Badgers, Seals, Deer & Birds of Prey - please contact us on 028 3025 1000.

When contacting the USPCA please provide as much information as possible such as, where the injury is and the exact location of the animal, as this will be helpful in taking the next steps in helping the animal.

An injured animal is often in pain, this can lead to aggressive behaviour. If this is the case, please DO NOT put yourself at risk. If the animal’s location or behaviour poses a hazard to the public or to passing vehicles you must inform the PSNI immediately on 101.

It is understandable for the public to be concerned when they come across an animal which may appear vulnerable however not all wild animals need assistance or rescued.

Before deciding to intervene, we would advise you to monitor the animal’s behaviour and surroundings. If an animal displays obvious signs of injury or distress – this animal may need rescued.

If the animal is deceased on the public highway please contact your local council to remove the remains.

Wildlife Rescue Do’s 
  • WEAR gloves when lifting wildlife.
  • KEEP the animal away from your face.
  • WASH your hands thoroughly after handling a wild animal.
  • CONTACT the USPCA if in doubt – 028 3025 1000

Wildlife Rescue Don’ts

  • NEVER attempt to lift a wild animal, unless you are confident that you will not put yourself or others at risk.
  • NEVER put yourself in danger when attempting to rescue an animal, avoid unsafe areas.
  • NEVER attempt to transport large wildlife animals such as Swans, Foxes, Badgers, Seals, Deer & Birds of Prey.