Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) fieldworkers are out and about in Norfolk
and the surrounding communities, helping animals hurt or stranded by Hurricane
Sandy. And it's not just dogs and cats who need help. Take, for example, this unfortunate
The exhausted fella was obviously worn out after being
tossed around by the storm. A kind soul who spotted him called PETA, asking
what kind of food she could give him, convinced that nobody would be able to get
out to help the grounded bird since her street had become impassible.
Well, CAP doesn't know the meaning of the word
"impassible." When local animal control representatives said that
they weren't sure they'd be able to get out there, PETA's staffers drove through
the gusty winds and heavy rains to get this big guy and transport him to the
Virginia Beach SPCA. Our good friends there will give him the needed rehab so
that he can be released once the coast is clear.
Stay tuned for more news from the front lines. And to help
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When someone in New Jersey
noticed that kids were pestering a goose who was sitting in the grass outside the
woman's apartment—and that the goose didn't fly away or fight back—it became
clear that the bird was injured. Her wing was drooping badly, and she was weak
and lethargic. With a friend's assistance, the goose was moved to a laundry
area to protect her from harassment and predators, but lacking a car, the
rescuer couldn't transport her to a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (since Canada geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act), as advised by authorities.
Fortunately for the goose, her
protector called PETA. Although there were no agencies in the area able to
retrieve an injured wild animal and transport her to a licensed rehabilitation facility
(this isn't uncommon since wildlife rehab centers are usually volunteer-run, without
staff to rescue or transport animals), PETA's caseworker located a rehabilitator who was willing to accept the bird—but that had already closed for the day.
With the rehabber's permission, the caller held the goose overnight. (Bless her
In the morning, PETA was able to
find an animal advocate to transport the bird to the rehabilitator, which
required driving for nearly three hours in all. (Bless his kind heart, too!)
The bird's injury was old, which
explains why she was so easy to catch. A wing was broken, and the surrounding
tissue was badly infected and necrotic. The bird was slowly dying from the
infection and had gotten to the point at which she had no energy to fight. The
goose had probably also lost her mate, which would cause depression in the
long-term. It was determined that the kindest course of action was to end her
suffering through properly administered euthanasia.
This case shows how one person can make a difference for an
animal in distress. If these compassionate people hadn't helped this goose, she
might still be lingering in agony—or dead after a violent attack by predators
(or simply cruel humans). Please never ignore animals who need help. Even if
the best-case scenario entails euthanasia, that's far kinder than leaving an
animal to endure prolonged suffering.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
a resident at an apartment complex in Indianapolis spotted two baby birds trapped inside a dryer
vent on the outside of one of the buildings, one fledgling was already dead but
the other was alive and chirping.
resident called PETA for help, and we immediately got in touch with the complex's
after-hours emergency maintenance crew. Personnel rushed to the building to
remove the vent's cover, and within 45 minutes of the resident's worried call,
the little fledgling was free. The mother had stood nearby watching, and the
reunited birds hopped away together.
one can be sure how the birds became stuck in the dryer vent, but it's likely
that the cover had fallen off and the mother bird had built a nest inside. When
the maintenance team replaced the cover, it had unknowingly trapped the baby
national-pager carriers often get these types of calls. Mother animals have
their babies in unexpected places, and when people do home repairs, they can
trap animals without meaning to. While completing your summer around-the-house
list, watch out for wildlife, and if you do see any animals who may have become
trapped, call animal control, wildlife rehabilitators, or PETA for help.
elderly woman who called PETA's national animal-emergency number thought that she
was doing the right thing. When she discovered a baby bird in her yard who was
unable to fly, she took him into her home and tried to feed him. Frustrated by
the bird's deteriorating condition, she called PETA to ask for advice.
that a bird who did not fly away from a person attempting to pick him or her up
was most likely severely injured or ill, we let the woman know that despite her
good intentions, the bird really needed to be assessed by a wildlife
caller couldn't drive, so a staffer from our Los Angeles office went out to
pick up the baby bird and got the animal into the hands of a wildlife
rehabilitator who determined that the baby was in fact severely injured and
suffering and should be euthanized.
people who try to help
wild animals by themselves have
wonderful intentions, they may inadvertently cause the animal more suffering by
providing improper care. If you encounter a wild animal who appears to be hurt
or in danger, stay near the animal, but call your local humane society or animal
control officials for help. If they can't provide assistance themselves, they
may have names of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in your area. Keep the names
and numbers in your address book for future reference.
Written by PETA
Meet Johnnie, a badly injured black-capped chickadee who was at least lucky enough to be found by a compassionate Illinois family that called us for advice. This young bird had a broken back. PETA caseworkers guided the family through safely containing Johnnie and made sure that he was rushed to a veterinarian for assessment. Johnnie's injuries were terribly painful and debilitating, so the vet did right by him and quickly ended his suffering. Even though Johnnie couldn't be saved, the family could rest assured that they did the right thing by not hesitating to help an animal in need.
You'd have to have a heart of stone to see a struggling fledgling or other small animal and not want to help. Of course, in most cases, letting the animal's mother take care of business is exactly the right thing to do. If you see a bird or other small animal and wonder if he or she is in trouble, stand back, wait, and watch before doing anything. If the animal is alert, upright, and calm, then he or she is probably healthy and Mom is likely nearby. But if the animal is lethargic or has an obvious injury, like Johnnie, stay with the animal and call your local humane society, the SPCA, animal control, or a reputable wildlife rehabilitator for advice. If you still need help, call our emergency response team at 757-434-6285 pronto! (We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.)
Other birds need your help right now, like the grackles who are frequently poisoned in Odessa, Texas.
Our emergency tips will give you everything you need to know about helping injured wildlife.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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