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Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Long Island has a unique environment that provides shelter to all sorts of wildlife.  Squirrels and rabbits live in our yards, while our beaches host seals and endangered shorebirds.  There are a great many opportunities to observe nature at its finest, whether you participate in nature hikes, sail our waters, or simply watch out the window from the comfort of your home.

The Winklers are avid wildlife enthusiasts.  Dr. and Ms. Winkler both have undergraduate degrees in biology and ecology, and their hobbies include SCUBA diving, bird watching, hiking, and camping. Even their cat, Famosa, will walk on a leash and harness in the back yard to sniff (and usually eat) the flowers.  Enjoying the outdoors is a great thing for everyone, and we encourage all our Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center families to include their pets in their outdoor activities.

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.

To protect your pet, always make sure they are up-to-date with their Rabies Vaccination (it’s the law), and other vaccines.  Campgrounds frequently require you to provide up-to-date vaccine and health certificates before allowing your pet camping.  Keep your pet leashed, and stay in pet-designated areas if off-leash is allowed.  Respect that some ecosystems are fragile, and Do Not Bring Your Pet To Nature Preserves Where Pets Are Not Allowed!

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Wildlife can be close to home, and many patients of ours reportedly tussle with raccoons or opossums in their own back yards, receiving bite and scratch injuries as a result.  Indeed, the Winkler family will never forget the day their own dog, Jack, appeared at the back door with the present of a “dead” opossum.  If your pet is prone to eating what they catch, make sure your pet is taking a monthly Heartworm Preventative medication (1 time a month, 12 months a year, for as many years as your pet shall live), as these medications frequently also prevent the parasite intestinal worms that pets can get from eating wildlife.  Wildlife also carries such transmittable diseases as Leptospirosis, so pets that are prone to drinking stagnate water frequented by wildlife should be vaccinated against this illness.  And, as we all know, Long Island is especially overpopulated with deer, and with deer come ticks.  Make sure your pet gets their monthly topical flea And Tick preventative medication as well.  We see one too many patients with Lyme’s Disease as it is.

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Sometimes nature needs a helping hand.  There are many great organizations in our communities that volunteer to provide medical care to injured wildlife, and to house wildlife that cannot be released to survive on their own.  These organizations have special licenses and permits, and a great many years of experience and education to handle wild animals safely.  All wildlife is protected by stringent laws that do not allow for the general public to harass, touch, or otherwise capture them.  Unfortunately, the Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center does not carry such permits, and is unable to treat injured wildlife at this time.

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.

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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.

Barbara B.
Selden, NY

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