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What to do with injured wild animals

If you find any injured and/or sick wildlife, first watch it carefully to see how injured it is. Take care in dangerous locations, such as a busy road. Be careful as frightened animals can bite or scratch, so if you are unsure, keep a safe distance. Contact your local vet or call the RSPCA National Cruelty and Help Line for further assistance on 0300 1234 999 (between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week). Please note – we do not have a vet on site at the Animal Centre.


Do not lift an injured animal, unless you are sure there’s no risk to yourself or others.

Wear gloves, especially if handling oiled wildlife – pollutants like oil can be hazardous.

Keep the animal away from your face.

Wash your hands thoroughly after handling an animal.

If it is safe to catch and handle the animal, then, wearing suitable gloves, quickly place it into a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel or newspaper. Keep the animal quiet and take it to a vet. It can be quicker to take an animal to a vet yourself as your nearest RSPCA officer may be out of the area attending other calls. If you are unable to transport the animal, call the National Cruelty and Help Line on 0300 1234 999 (between 7am and 10pm)

For general advice on how we can help wildlife at the centre, please contact us direct at the Martlesham Animal Centre on 0300 999 7321, 9am until 4.30pm.


Never try to free an animal from a snare or trap. You risk hurting yourself and the animal and it could be an offence if the animal was legally caught. Stay back to avoid stressing the animal and call the National RSPCA Cruelty and Help Line on 0300 1234 999 (between 7am and 10pm) with the location.


If you find a whale, dolphin or porpoise on a beach or a sick / injured seal, immediately call the National RSPCA Cruelty and Help Line on 0300 1234 999 (between 7am and 1opm) or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDML) on 01825 765546 during office hours or 07787 433412 after 5pm on working days, or at weekends or Bank Holidays. Please note the place, the state of the tide and any injuries you can see without getting close. Keep a safe distance and don’t touch the animal.

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