Found Injured Wildlife
What to do
In the event that you should find a wild animal in need, please call our wildlife center at (804) 378-2000 for assistance.
Other resources for assistance:
Wildlife Conflict Helpline: Toll-free at (855) 571-9003
For Critically Sick & Injured Wildlife When We Are Not Available:
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center: (540) 837-9000
Wildlife Center of Virginia: (540) 942-9453
For Healthy Orphans:
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary: (434) 263-4954 or (434) 962-7429
We DO NOT accept walk-ins. We may be tending to animals in outdoor caging, conducting an off-site education program, or performing a field rescue. You must speak with a representative of the Richmond Wildlife Center directly prior to transporting any animal to us to ensure we will be available for its arrival.
Hours of admissions are based on volunteer availability. Please call before transporting any animal to us to ensure a team member is available.
Patient admission hours are typically between 10am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday.
If you have not received a return phone call within one hour please call DGIF at 855-571-9003 for assistance.
SPECIES THAT CANNOT BE LEGALLY REHABILITATED OR PROVIDED VETERINARY CARE TO BY ANY PERSON IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA:
English House Sparrow
Chinese Softshell Turtle
Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Turtle
Mississippi Map Turtle
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
Adult White-Tailed Deer
Animals we do not admit
Venomous snakes – please call us for help in identifying the snake you feel needs assistance.
Raccoons – please see our note about Raccoons below
Other species based on capacity constraints
RACCOON ADMISSION POLICIES
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recently updated regulations pertaining to the rehabilitation of Raccoons. Due to current facility design and space constraints we cannot meet the current legal requirements to rehabilitate raccoons through their release.
After careful consideration of our facility, volunteer safety and overall patient population health, we are no longer able to accept raccoons at our facility for short term housing.
We do not accept Raccoons from the general public, conservation officers, animal control officers, or veterinary facilities.
To find a Raccoon Rehabilitator nearest you please call DGIF at 855-571-9003