Wildlife rescue work in Kentucky 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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| There is an increasing need for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation due to continuing urban and suburban development. Squirrel meat has become very fashionable for dinner parties in Great Britain. Many pieces of Native American folklore center on raccoons. The 1931 edition of The Joy of Cooking included recipes for Raccoon and Squirrel.
Kentucky Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
Nelson County - Bardstown 40004
Humane Society of Nelson County 502-349-2082
Shelby County - Shelbyville 40065
Shelby County Humane Society 502-633-4033
Hardin County - Vine Grove, Kentucky 40175
Animal Refuge Center 270-877-6064
Jefferson County - Louisville 40205
Alley Cat Advocates 502-634-8777
Jefferson County - Louisville 40214
Kentucky Humane Society 502-366-3355
Scott County - Georgetown 40324
Scott County Humane Society 502-863-3279
Anderson County - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342
Holly's Place 502-859-5342
Mercer County - Salvisa, KY 40372
Home at Last 502-839-1974
Woodford County - Versailles, KY 40383
Woodford Humane Society 859-873-5491
Madison County - Richmond, KY 40476
Humane Society of Madison County 859-626-5600
Fayette County - Lexington, Kentucky 40503
Woodstock Animal Foundation 859-277-SPAY
Feyette County - Lexington, Kentucky 40504
Lexington Humane Society 859-233-0044
Kenton County - Erlanger, KY 41018
Humane Society of Northern Kentucky 859-342-HSKY
Fulton County - Fulton, KY 42041
Ken-Tenn Humane Society 731-235-9603
Warren County - Bowling Green 42102
Bowling Green Warren County Humane 270-783-9404
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