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Wildlife Emergency Contacts
All wildlife is protected by stringent laws that do not allow for the general public to harass, touch, or otherwise capture them. This page is provided for informational purpose only in regards to organizations on Long Island that are licensed wildlife rehabilitation or medical facilities.
The Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center is NOT a licensed wildlife rehabilitation or medical facility, nor do we accept wildlife as patients at our hospital. If you have questions regarding wildlife, call one of the organizations below and speak to one of their volunteers about what you should do.
If you believe you’ve come across wildlife that needs medical attention and assistance, contact one of the following organizations listed below. Give them a detailed description of the type of animal you saw, and as accurate directions as possible to the location the animal was last seen. For your own safety and the safety of others, do not attempt to approach or handle wildlife yourself. Wildlife especially does not always understand when someone is trying to help them, and they can cause serious injury if scared or aggressive. And, as stated above, it is against the law for the general public to capture wildlife, even for the purpose of seeking medical attention.
Wildlife centers are non-profits, and need lots of volunteer help. If you are available to provide your services to these great organizations, or are interested in learning what it takes to become a wildlife rehabilitator, also call the organizations below. Many of these organizations can also provide educational seminars for youth groups and schools to encourage environmental consciousness in our children.
Save The Animals Rescue Foundation (S.T.A.R. Foundation)
The STAR Foundation works with many of our wild land animals and birds of Long Island. From baby rabbits and squirrels, to raptors and groundhogs, the STAR Foundation’s dedicated volunteers rehabilitate and release many creatures every year.
Wildlife Rescue Number: 631-736-8207
On The Web: www.SaveTheAnimalsRescue.org
The Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research And Preservation
If you find a stranded sea turtle, injured seal, or a dolphin, porpoise, or whale while walking the beaches of Long Island, contact The Riverhead Foundation.
Wildlife Rescue Number: 631-369-9829 (24hr hotline)
On The Web: www.TheRiverheadFoundation.org
Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons
Dedicated to preserving Long Island’s ecosystems, they have a full-time professional wildlife hospital for the medical care and rehabilitation of East End wildlife.
Wildlife Rescue Number: 631-728-9453
On The Web: www.WildlifeRescueCenter.org
Sweetbriar Nature Center
Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field, and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. They have a wildlife rehabilitation center, as well as educational programs and tours.
Wildlife Rescue Number: 631-979-6344
On The Web: www.SweetbriarNC.org
Volunteers For Wildlife
Located in Locus Valley, they have a wildlife hospital and education center.
Wildlife Rescue Number: 516-674-0982
On The Web: www.VolunteersForWildlife.org
If you know of other wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and would like to see them listed on this website, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected], or 631-696-2400.
Please note, Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center is not a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility. While we would be happy to see your pet should they require immediate medical attention as our scheduling and staffing allows during our office hours, we reserve the right to refer, transfer, or otherwise redirect patients to a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility if we deem it is within the patient's best interest to do so.
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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.