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Wildlife rehabilitators are for the most part volunteers, so please keep that in mind as you try to contact them. They are highly motivated and very dedicated, but may not be reachable at a moment's notice. Most of them work out of their own homes and pay for all their own medical and shelter supplies out of their own pockets. Accordingly, they deeply appreciate any and all donations from the public towards the care of the animals. Monetary, veterinary supplies, bedding materials (your old towels, etc.), shelter materials --- all forms of assistance are welcome and are immediately put to good use.

Be prepared to bring the animal to the rehabilitator. They have their own lives, too, and are often not able to do field work to retrieve wildlife.

Before you call a rehabilitator, be sure the animal is truly in need. One of the most common occurrences is the "rescue" of deer fawns. More often than not, the doe has simply left the fawn in a secure location while it forages. The sight of a fawn by itself is not necessarily an indication of distress, nor does it mean it has been abandoned. Observe the fawn, and unless there are obvious signs of trauma or damage to it, leave it in place. It may simply just be waiting on its own until the doe returns. 

If you can't reach a rehabilitator, try any local area veterinary office.

DO NOT try to rehabilitate the animal yourself. Special training and knowledge are critical to the care of injured wildlife. Pet care techniques do NOT work for injured wildlife and that includes birds. Wild animals have special needs. They are not pets. Stress levels run higher in them than in domesticated animals, and that could complicate injuries or illnesses they may have.

Be aware that wild animals also carry parasites and diseases, and protect yourself accordingly.

One of the joys of life is aiding one in need, be it a person or an animal. All life is sacred. Use all of the information and tools at your disposal.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has good first-contact information on its web site along with a comprehensive database of Texas rehabbers, searchable by county. If you find an injured animal, Texas Parks and Wildlife runs down the do's and don't's of how to handle the animal.

For information on raptors, see the entry below for Last Chance, Forever -- one of the premiere raptor rehabilitation and education organizations in the country.

Following is a list of current rehabilitators in Nueces County (Corpus Christi area).
 

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Nueces County:
Tony Amos
The ARK
Port Aransas
birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians (including endangered species) 361-224-0813
pager; (24 hrs/day, 365 days/yr)
 
Andi Wickham
The ARK
Port Aransas
birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians (including endangered species) 361-224-0813
pager; (24 hrs/day, 365 days/yr)
 
Texas State Aquarium Sea birds and raptors only 361-881-1200
Aquarium hours only
 
  Caged (pet) birds only 361-854-5206
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

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Texas-wide:
Search the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department database of all licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators by county.
 
Raptors only:
 
Last Chance, Forever: the Bird Of Prey Conservancy. Located near San Antonio. Click on this link for information on what to do if you find an injured bird of prey.
The Peregrine Fund: the World Center for Birds of Prey. The first and last word on falcon rehabilitation, management and conservancy, along with other endangered birds of prey worldwide.
 
Raptor Repertiore:  one of my favorite falconry newsgroups and information databases on the web. Excellent community of falconers and raptor enthusiasts willing to help and offer experience and insight.
North American links:
 
Citizens for Responsible Wildlife Management - a comprehensive listing of resources and information on all aspects of wildlife management, along with a list of animal welfare links.  
 
The C.R.O.W.:  the Center for Rehabilitation Of Wildlife has good information on handling injured birds of all species. 

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