Updated July 23, 2021- WINC will accept patients based on the guidelines below:

Wildlife in Need Center will admit All injured or sick adult wildlife mammals & birds (except White-tailed deer, Skunks and Bats) and orphaned, injured or sick infant wildlife (see list & guidelines below) by appointment only between the hours of 9am to 4pm. To make an appointment, please call (262) 965-3090. At this time we are admitting wildlife patients from Waukesha County ONLY.

Juvenile Limits for 2021 Season — Until Further Notice

Eastern Gray Squirrels, Red Squirrels, Southern Flying Squirrels, Chipmunks and 13-line Ground Squirrels 


Waterfowl– any orphaned native waterfowl

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits — Eyes Open 

Virginia Opossums – Eyes open 

Songbirds: we are not able to take orphan songbirds at this time. We are so sorry for the inconvenience. 

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.