Should I Call the Helpline?

If you’ve found an orphaned or injured wild animal call our helpline at 513-875-3433 and we will connect you with one of our state permitted volunteers close to your location. When you call, you will reach the recording. Please leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, city or county, type of animal , and your reason for calling and we will get back to you within the hour.

In the meantime, wearing gloves contain the animal in a box or pet carrier.  To reduce stress to the animal, please keep it in a warm, dark, and quiet environment until further assistance is provided.  

What if I Find an Animal?

Good Samaritan laws allow you to keep an injured or orphaned wild animal for up to 48 hours, but it is generally illegal to possess one without a permit, so please call our helpline at 513-875-3433 immediately. Until then, follow these three rules to keep yourself and the animal out of harm's way:

Keep It Safe - Place animal in a container appropriate to its size. Infants can be tucked into a nest of thread-free rags or paper towels in a shoebox.

Keep It Warm - No matter what you're caring for, it is essential to keep the animal adequately warm. This means providing a source of heat, such as a heating pad set on low, dry rice in a sock warmed in the microwave, or potato heated in microwave and wrapped in a towel.

Keep It Quiet - Once the animal is situated, avoid handling it. Unnecessary handling creates stress for a wild animal.  Place the container and heat source in a quiet, isolated area away from human and pet activity until you can transport it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator.

Do NOT feed a wild animal unless instructed to do so!