We receive numerous phone calls about stray and injured animals. While we are happy to try to help, the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas cannot accept all stray animals without overwhelming our staff. Please see the following information before bringing in a stray animal or removing a wild animal from its environment.
If you have found a stray dog or cat, we would be happy to scan it for the presence of a microchip. In most cases, it is best for you to keep the animal and get it to the shelter for the city in which it was found so that it has a chance to be reunited with its owner. If you plan to keep the pet, keep it isolated from other pets in your home and take it to your veterinarian during regular business hours. If the animal appears to be in pain, sick or injured, we can examine it and treat it as needed. Routine care, like vaccinations, are not available on an emergency basis. You will be given the choice to assume financial responsibility for the pet or to sign it over to the hospital for the attending veterinarian to treat as needed.
List of Local Shelters
The most important aspects of care are to keep the orphan warm and to give it good nutrition. Place it in a carrier or box with some source of external heat such as a heating pad underneath the box to prevent heating pad burns. Keep it warm and dry. Do not bathe the orphan. You can obtain puppy/kitten milk replacer and nursing bottles at our hospital, a pet store, Wal-Mart or most grocery stores. We can try to put you in touch with a rescue/adoption organization during reasonable hours
In most cases, it is best to leave the baby where it was found, or try to place it back in the nest. Even if a parent is not seen, they may often be watching from a distance or will return shortly to care for their young. A young animal's best chance of survival is with its natural parents who can ensure that it retains all of its natural behaviors for survival in the wild. If you feel the animal is injured, we would be happy to examine it. You will be asked to sign it over to the hospital so that the attending veterinarian can treat it as needed. Always use caution in approaching or handling wild animals: they may scratch, bite or carry diseases like rabies!
Texas State Wildlife Information
Texas State Wildlife Rehabilitators
How to Help Stray/Orphaned Wildlife
DFW Wildlife Coalition
2700 West State Hwy 114 | Grapevine, TX 76051 | 817-410-CARE (817-410-2273)