Updated July 31, 2021- WINC will accept patients based on the guidelines below:

Wildlife in Need Center is currently admitting most species of wildlife from Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge and Washington Counties by appointment only 9am-4pm, seven days a week.  To make an appointment, please call (262) 965-3090.

We are unable to admit baby songbirds, white-tailed deer, skunks, weasels, mink and bats. For these species, please call the DNR Call Center at 888-936-7463 or go to https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/directory.html to find a rehabilitator or DNR Wildlife Biologist in you county.

If you found an animal that needs help or it is outside the hours we answer phones, please follow the instructions below. Please make every attempt to renest/reunite orphans with their mom.

  • Please DO NOT FEED or OFFER WATER to the animal. It can aspirate or choke on what it is offered. Infant mammals require very specific food that needs to be fed using the correct technique. If the animal is too cold, stressed, or injured feeding it can jeopardize the animal’s survival or even cause death.
  • Handle the animal as little as possible. Refrain from petting or holding the the animal as it is extremely stressful and can contribute to the animal going into shock. Most wild animals also have fleas, mites, or other external parasites so refrain from handling the animal if possible.
  • Keep the animal in a dark, quiet, calm, and warm place to reduce stress until it can be brought to a licensed rehabilitation facility.