Wildlife rescue work in Connecticut can be rewarding if this work matches your IifestyIe. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation serves an important function in alleviating the suffering of injured or displaced animals, as well as maintaining the balance of ecosystems and protecting human members of the community. There are many reasons an animal may need to be rescued. One reason is that as communities develop and expand, wild animals lose their habitats to new buildings and roads. Once the animals are displaced, there are often conflicts between animals and humans. For instance, animals may nest and reproduce in the crawl space, basement, attic, or chimney of a home. Wild animals may have conflicts with domestic pets. Natural predators such as wild cats may be dangerous. Wild animals may turn over trash or damage property. These conflicts may unfortunately diminish urban and suburban appreciation for wildlife. However, animals are deserving of life, respect, and appropriate care. Disrupting the natural habitat of a given species can have far-reaching consequences to the entire ecosystem.
Some common types of wildlife that may need rescue or rehabilitation are squirrels, raccoons, and skunks. A squirrel is often considered a nuisance, but many people like squirrels because of their cute appearance and often entertaining behavior. A captive squirrel can be trained nearly as well as dogs. Wild squirrels thrive in many environments and can serve as a necessary part of the food chain for certain predators. Raccoons are very interesting and intelligent creatures that are rejected by some people and loved by others. Skunks are often maligned for the scent they can produce, but skunks only spray as a last resort when extensively provoked. All forms of wildlife are important to the balance of their ecosystems. Wildlife in need of rescue has the best chance of survival with a professional Wildlife Rehabilitator. Baby animals should be carefully picked up with a cloth and placed in a cloth-lined box with a lid that has holes in it and carefully transported to the nearest Wildlife Rehabilitator. Resources exist in most communities for caring for adult wildlife.
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Connecticut Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
Hartford County - Granby, Connecticut 06035
Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital 860-653-7238
Tolland County - Tolland 06084
Kitty Angels 860-875-1808
Hartford County - Newington, Connecticut 06111
Connecticut Humane Society 860-667-8545
Middlesex County - Westbrook, CT 06498
Tait's Every Animal Matters 888-367-8326
New Haven County - New Haven 06506
Greater New Haven Cat Project 203-782-2287
New Haven County - New Haven 06512
The Hope Alliance 203-466-2185
New Haven County - Seymour, Connecticut 06512
New Haven County - New Haven, Connecticut 06515
New Haven County - Hamden 06518
Creature Kindness 203-389-2242
Litchfield County - Torrington, CT 06790
Statewide Veterinary Clinic 888-613-2034
Fairfield County - Danbury 06810
Help for Pets 203-792-1477
Fairfield County - Danbury, Connecticut 06813
The Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc. 203-744-3297
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