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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 contact:

Wild Bird Fund

565 Columbus Avenue (at 87th Street), New York, NY 10024

Phone: (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. Please call ahead to make sure the facility is open.

Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center

10846 Route 23A, Hunter, NY 12442

Phone: (518) 989-6534

Text: (518) 965-1864


Located in Upstate New York, this organization is a wealth of knowledge and can make referrals to other resources if they can't help directly.

Animal Help Now

The Animal Help Now service, available at and through free iPhone and Android apps, connects people involved with wildlife emergencies and conflicts with the most appropriate time- and location-specific resources and services. Animal Help Now serves the entire United States. Animal Help Now does NOT respond to emergencies, but is a resource to help individuals seeking help find appropriate services and resources.

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.

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.