Your shelter may be geared toward dogs and cats, but it's important to be prepared for those unusual calls about a pet monkey, poisonous snake, or rare bird.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
"Do you place reptiles? If so, under what circumstances and conditions do you place them, and what special qualifications do you require of adopters?"
Far be it from us to suggest that the skunk could use some deodorant (strong enough for a man, but made for mephitidae), but in case you or your animals get zapped by Monsieur Le Pew's special brand of perfume, here's a recipe to remove it.
Any injured or orphaned wild animal who comes into your shelter's care is highly stressed -- after all, her life in the wild was just turned upside down.
Even if you have only limited experience with animals, you probably know your way around a dog leash and have little trouble handling a Siamese. But odds are you have considerably less experience picking up a chinchilla orholding a hedgehog.
Policies & Programs
Welcome wild neighbors into your outdoor space and join our Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Program. Whether you have a big backyard or a tiny terrace, your outdoor space can help wild animals find the food, water, cover, and shelter they need.
The HSUS Wild Neighbors program seeks to raise public awareness and understanding about urban wildlife and to promote humane resolution of human-wildlife conflicts. The program features a variety of educational resources for citizens and for the local animal groups to which citizens often turn for advice.