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Injured, Ill, or Orphaned Animals

When domestic pets or wildlife are injured, ill, or orphaned, they often need human assistance to survive. These organizations and resources can help you help them.

Found an Injured or Sick Domestic Animal?

To report an injured or ill animal (cat, dog, rabbit, or other pet) who needs to be picked up, please call Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) at (212) 788-4000 and press option 8. Between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. you may leave a message. If you can safely pick up and transport the injured animal yourself, you can bring him/her to one of the three full-service Animal Care Centers located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, or one of the two Resource Centers located in the Bronx and Queens.

Found Injured, Sick, or Orphaned Wildlife?

If you need to speak with someone about what to do if you encounter an injured, ill, or orphaned bird or other wild animal, please call the Wild Bird Fund at (646) 306-2862. Between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. you may leave a message. If you can safely pick up and transport the injured animal, you can take him/her to the Wild Bird Fund's Rehabilitation Center at 565 Columbus Avenue (at 87th Street), New York, NY 10024. Please call ahead to make sure the facility is open.

Found Newborn or Orphaned Kittens?

It's not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother — especially during high "kitten season" in the spring and summer. You want to help, right? Before jumping to the rescue, please consider these recommendations from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative.

If you need advice on how to bottle-feed and care for orphaned kittens, call (917) 943-1375.

Found a Stray Pet?

If you've found a stray dog, cat, rabbit, or other pet, please visit our Pet Lost & Found Resources page for information on what you can do to help him/her make it back home.