New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Admission Hours

Dear Friends,

We admit sick, injured and orphaned wildlife:

Tuesday through Sunday
10am – 2 pm

During the Spring and Summer the Center receives a flood of wild babies and other wildlife in need of medical care.  Please, please understand that our “beds” fill up quickly.  When we are full, we must go off of admission until we have more room available.  This ensures that patients are given quality care.

Everyone at the Center is dedicated to protecting wildlife.  There is a list of other resources to turn to for help located on this website under the heading of wildlife care.

Please come tour and visit.  We are open seven days a week.

Katrina, Executive Director


63 Comments to “Admission Hours”

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi – I found three baby birds last night in my basement and was told to leave them outside last night so their mother could find them, but one didn’t make the night. The other two are alive but haven’t eaten in at least a day. They are so little they can’t even open their eyes yet. I know I can call at 10 but I was just wondering if it was at all possible to find out ahead of time if you are admitting baby birds so I could begin heading to Hingham if you are (it’s somewhat of a drive). Otherwise I will just call at ten.

    Thank you!

    • Brodie Morris says:

      Hi Andrea, unfortunately we are not able to offer up to date admission data online, as this changes sometimes on an hour-to-hour basis and can only be established by talking to a veterinarian at NEWC.

  2. Karen Baynes says:

    Dear Hingham Wildlife Center,

    I have found a bird that has damaged itself flying into a window. (Its beak looks crooked, and a wing is clearly broken.) I have it in a well-ventilated box right now. I have been trying to feed it a water/catfood mix with an eye dropper, but it just turns its head away.

    May I bring it in to you? I can’t just leave it outside to be eaten by the cat or other animal.

    Please advise!

    • Brodie Morris says:

      Hi Karen, you can bring the bird to us for admission between 10 AM and 2 PM from Tuesday through Friday. If its an adult it shouldn’t need syringe feeding, just a small bowl of water and a small bowl of moistened cat food mixed with fruit or seeds if you have them. If it’s beak is broken however and it is unable to eat or drink you should call the front desk at (781) 682-4878 after 10 AM on Monday and let them know, a veterinarian should be able to either tell you to just bring it in to us or give you other advice.

  3. Barnaby says:

    I’ve been trying to get in contact with the center for several days now, but have not had any answers and my calls have not been returned.
    I found a baby starling that has been orphaned. He was a near death nestling when I found him, and while I have been trying to find a rehab center to take him without euthanizing him I have been taking care of him. I would like to bring him in so he can be rehabbed and returned to the wild. He is entering his fledgling phase and has begun to learn to fly. Please help!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Barnaby, you can try calling us between 10 AM and 4 PM, as we have a receptionist on staff during those hours. You can also try bringing the bird in to us between 10 AM and 2 PM Tuesday through Friday. Unfortunately, although we try as hard as we can to help as many animals as possible, there are some days where we simply have no room. We have been getting a huge number of baby birds in recently, and as a primarily volunteer-run organization we don’t have the staff to care for every animal that is brought to us. I wish I could guarantee to you that we will be able to admit the bird, but unfortunately our ability to do so often changes on a day to day basis based on who we release, transfer, or admit.

  4. sarah says:

    Found a baby rabbit about 5-7inches eyes open with fur. A cat got and ripped some fur off (not bleeding) but can see skin. we have had it for three days but it is not eating only drinking and it ccan only move head. We tried to bring it in a few days ago but it was full! Do you have any openings?

    • sarah says:

      If you have no openings is there anything we can do for it?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sarah, I do believe we are open for injured rabbits. You can call our front desk to make sure, but I expect you can bring the bunny to us tomorrow morning anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM. If for some reason we are full, you can ask our receptionist for a list of available alternative rehabbers, or you can take a look at our website under the heading “Wildlife Care” – “If You Find a Wild Animal” for a complete list of rehabilitators in Massachusetts categorized by location.

  5. Jim says:

    We have a mother duck that comes every year to our condo building in Natick to raise her young. I checked on them last night and one of the ducklings has a broken leg. Can I bring the the duck in today?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jim, Sorry for the delayed response, how did you make out? Best bet is to contact the Center and speak with a vet tech about what you are seeing. That is the best way to tell if the baby needs to come to us. It is always best to keep babies in the wild with their moms if at all possible. Our number is 781 682 4878. Our information officers are Mary Ann and Ian. Thanks.

  6. Julie says:

    Hi my family found an orphaned nestling, we think its a starling, on a sidewalk in an urban neighborhood and there was no apparent nest anywhere nearby. We took him in and have been feeding him and he eats well with the straw, however we know nothing about baby birds and if he is healthy. I am also 7 months pregnant and we have a 4 year old and with work I cannot keep up with this babies needs. When will you be accepting new admissions?? We don’t know what to do and we really want to give this baby a chance at survival. Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Julie, we may be accepting baby birds at the moment, just give our front desk a call at (781) 682-4878 and they will be able to tell you what our admission status is at the moment and when it might be likely to change.

  7. Kathy Kangiser says:

    My husband ran a turtle over in our driveway. I am at work but will be going home. he says there is a 4 inch crack in shell, that he is bleeding in feet area and crack area. How can I tell if he is still alive and what can I do to stabilize until you open tommorow? Thanks. We both feel awful about this.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kathy, You can bring him into us tomorrow – we open at 10 am. Best thing you can do is keep him still and in a dark, non stressful place. It’s sometimes hard to tell if a turtle is alive, believe it or not. They can stay very, very still and be alive. They can appear to not be breathing, etc. and still be alive. His survival depends on where the crack is, how big the turtle is and other factors. We are happy to see him tomorrow. Best, Katrina

  8. Help – I found a baby raccoon last night, he appears to be around 3 weeks old. I did what it said it put him in a box and left him for 4 hours and when I went to check back on him his mother had still not come back for him – I brought him back home and he is now snuggled in a blanket in a box at my home but I cannot take care of him. I need to go to work. Can you take him? I can have my Mom bring him down to you this morning – I’m worried that he will starve to death if he doesn’t get care soon. Please let me know asap. Thank you!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Trish, give our front desk a call if you haven’t already and ask them whether we have space for any raccoons today or tomorrow. They will be able to tell you if we have space for any more, and if we do not they will be able to give you the contact information for someone else who could possibly help you.

  9. richard says:

    my dog found 2 baby rabbits there eyes are not opened yet put them in a box with torn up news paper how do i take care of them

  10. Danielle says:

    Found 5 baby bunnies, on the side of the road, they weren’t in a nest. I called animal control and rescue hospitals and no one would take them. Can you take them in tomorrow or advise of a place we can bring them?

    Thank you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Danielle, Unfortunately we cannot take them today. There is a list of wildlife rehabbers on this website or you can visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website for a list. Best of luck.

  11. joseph dix says:

    Hi, I found an injured raccoon in my yard. I tried to take him to the MA Veterinary Hospital in Woburn but apparently, they can’t treat him. Can you (I’ll pay for his care)? If you can’t, can you direct me to a facility that can? Thanks.

  12. Donna says:

    Hi, I called and left a message about finding an injured adult squirrel. The squirrel appears to have an injury on its hind quarters and is unable to get up and has not moved from its spot. However when nudging it does move its legs and is alive. The animal seems to be suffering please let me know if it can be brought in. Thank you!

  13. Larry Smith says:

    My pet turtle isn’t eating and we have tried all of the at home remedies we could find, if I schedule an appointment would you be able to assess the issue

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Larry, The Center’s commercial practice is staffed by two veterinarians who can examine your turtle if you would like to make an appointment. The number is 781 682 4878. Thanks.

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  15. Erica says:

    Hello, I found a baby cedar waxwing in the middle of a busy intersection with no nest or parents in sight. I tried returning him to a safer place, but the parents didn’t seem to be in the area. He seems to be pretty healthy, but can’t yet fly very far or feed/wash himself. Do you have room for any orphaned birds? I would love to see him returned to the wild.

  16. Tracey walsh says:

    Hi I just had a tree removed from my yard and there are 3 baby squirrels they are very little with no hair and one if them is squeaking I don’t know what to do.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Tracey, You can bring them in to the Center tomorrow – we open for admissions at 10:00 a.m. You can put them in a box and keep them warm with a rag or towel to crawl into. Best of luck.

  17. Amanda B says:


    I found an injured baby bird. He has some feathers growing in. I found him on the pavement next to a dead baby bird of the same color/size. It was under a car parking lot with lots of traffic and no nest in site (it must have been pretty high up). The bird cannot stand, but he can move a little bit when handled. He seems pretty weak.

    We have made him a small makeshift nest with a little heat. We will try to feed him a very small piece of soft-dog food.

    Would you be able to take him? Or redirect me to someone who will?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Amanda, I am so sorry but we can’t take anymore babies until some of the orphans we have now are big enough to be released. There is a list of rehabbers on this site and you can also visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website. You can also call the Center on Monday at 10 to see what our intake status is at 781 682 4878. Very best of luck.

  18. Nancy says:

    I have a baby bunny that was brought into my kitchen. Its alive but not coordinated. Are you in the same mall as Curtis Liquors? I want to bring it to you. Thanks

  19. Nicole Joyce says:

    We adopted a Degu today. I did the research and he seemed like a good pet for us but now I am kind of panicked. I don’t think we can keep him. My dog wants to eat him. We have had hamsters and dogs never seemed to be interested. I feel terrible. Would you be able to take him? He seems sweet and comes with his cage and supplies. My daughter and I took the tour at your facility a few weeks ago and it was great. He might make a great addition to your teaching tour. We need to find him a home asap.

  20. Galen says:

    Hi! I found a bird standing in the middle of the street, asleep, on my way to work this morning. It took it a while for it to wake up, and when it tried to run away it seemed to run crooked. It flapped its wings a little, but didn’t fly off. It looks like a shore bird to me (smaller than a pigeon, with a long, slender beak), and I can’t see any obvious injuries but something must be wrong. I work until 5, so there’s no way I would be able to bring it to the center until the weekend. Do you have any advice on how to keep this little guy alive until I can get him to you?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Galen, We will be glad to take him this weekend or earlier if you can get him to us. Please call first to make sure we have room. I know we can take him for sure tomorrow, Wednesday. You can also try calling your animal control officer or the animal rescue league to see if they are able to bring him to us sooner. Getting him to us as quickly as you can is best. If you do have additional questions, though, please call Dr. Rob at 781 682 4878. He also will get right back to you through email at Best of Luck Galen. :)

  21. Joy John says:

    We found a mourning dove with a broken wing yesterday…I read online how to stabalize her wing and have her resting comfortably with a child’s sock that is slipped over her broken wing with holes cut for her unbroken wing and feet. I have read to keep the bird stabalized for two to four weeks. Not sure about the laws about keeping doves but I know that they sell doves in the store sometimes. Any tips would be helpful…I can’t seem to find a phone number on the website.

    Thank you so much,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Joy, Our medical ward is full right now but may open up tomorrow for injured animals. A few animals were released today, so I am awaiting word from our veterinarian. We always post our hospital intake status on the front page. I am sorry to tell you, but, it is illegal to rehab wild animals in the state of MA without a permit. We do have a list of rehabbers on this website and you can also go to the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for a list. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Our phone number is 781 682 4878. Please call in tomorrow and our front desk folks can help you. If you can’t get through it is because we get thousands of phone calls this time of year. Someone will call you back. Very best of luck to you! Please let us know how you make out.

  22. Jennifer O'Brien says:

    For the past few days a baby squirrel has been living under our deck, he comes out during the day for bread and water. There is a large nest in a nearby tree, but no sign of a mother squirrel or brothers and sisters. He really is a sweet guy, but he’s now begun climbing our screen and following us around the yard. Can we bring him to be rehabilitated and re-released with other squirrels? Too bad he’s not a cat or dog or he’d be living on our couch by now. Is it possible to drop him off later than 2? I work until 4pm. Thanks!

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately we are inundated with squirrels after the high winds from Irene, and are unable to care for any more until we get more student interns. There is a list of other rehabilitators in the state listed through this link ( There is a good chance that everybody is full like us. If this little guy is getting around and eating solid food on his own, there is a good chance that he is able to be independent and may do fine if left in the wild. If you have to go that route, I would discourage him from interacting with humans or pets as much as you can as this will only make life harder for him later on. You may need to move him further from the house to a more wooded area. But as he gets older he should naturally be more wary of humans. Good luck.

  23. Karen says:

    We found a baby bunny in our yard yesterday afternoon and he seems to have been born with only 1 eye and does look like he can see out of the other. He is probably 4 weeks old. We have him in a box and am trying to find some help for him. Can you let me know if this is something you can help with?

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Karen,

      Unfortunately, the options in this case are very limited. A blind or one-eyed bunny will likely be quickly preyed upon. This is part of a natural predator-prey cycle, and in cases of natural predation we try not to intervene. However, if the bunny is completely blind and unable to find food, its not very humane to leave him out there where it might starve. Non-releasable wild bunnies (such as this) do not make suitable animals to keep in captivity either, as they typically succumb to the stress of being around humans. Likely, the only think that we can do is humanely put it to sleep so that it doesn’t suffer. If you think its suffering in the wild you bring him to us or another veterinarian. I know its not a happy ending, but it might be the best thing for this little guy.

  24. bruce klinka says:

    hi, said address error. we have a baby sparrow with a broken leg @ankle.we set it with scotch tape & keep her off it. she is strong,eating,drinking & sleeping.i can not bring her in this AM,as we spoke monday,but we can wednesday morn.if it’s ok? thank you, bruce,36 neillian st. bedford,01730/781-275-2838

  25. Matt says:


    My 13 year old daughter has always loved animals and has expressed interest in a career path toward animal care…She lives in Braintree and we are looking for a volunteer role for her in which she can learn about animal care and provide another set of hands for an animal center.. Can we visit the center and discuss any volunteer opportunities you may have?

    Thank you,

    • Hey,

      We are more than happy to help both you and your daughter explore the world of veterinary care! We have volunteer orientation every third saturday of the month which starts at noon. During said orientation you both will be explained the various jobs/expectations during your stay with the Center. Application are found online here, and you can come visit any day 10-4 or drop the application off time of orientation. A parent or guardian must accompany any volunteer that is 17 or under. This again is a great learning/ bonding opportunity.

      Lookin’ forward to seeing y’alls

  26. Amy says:

    Found a beautiful, brown and cream, adult pigeon tonight that appears to be missing half of one of it’s wings. We have it in a box in our house and are planning on calling the Animal Rescue League tomorrow. However, given that appears it is missing part of it’s wing, it may be unlikely that it can be fixed? Is there anyone who takes in birds that can no longer fly? I am afraid it will be put down by the ARL. Any advice?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Amy,

      Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done if this bird is missing part of its wing. MSPCA has a farm in Methuen and they might be able to help.

      The reality, though, is that there are far too many non-releasable animals and not enough sanctuaries to house them. Since this is a pigeon, its actually legal for you to keep it without a permit.

  27. Nicole Doherty says:

    Today I saw my cat running around outside with a bird in his mouth. Eventually he dropped it and I found what I believe is a female sparrow. It didn’t even try to fly or run away when I picked her up. I sorta checked her body and I couldn’t find any visible injuries except for a cut on it’s chest, but she was shaking. I can’t tell she broke her wing or foot or something. I put her in a box in the basement where it’s dark and quiet so she can calm down. What am I to do now? It’s Sunday, so we can’t bring her to the center yet. Should I wait until Tuesday to bring her in or see if she’ll fly away.

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Cats harbor a bacteria in their saliva that can cause nasty infections in animals if they are bitten. Because of this, the bird should definitely be assessed by a veterinarian.

      As advocates for wildlife, we also recommend that cats have a jingly bell on their collars. This makes it much harder for them to capture wildlife.

  28. Patty DeCambra says:

    Hello, I found a baby duckling walking across an intersection last night. I live in Quincy. I picked him up and he seems to be in good health. One of his eyes seems to be petruding a little. I have him in a box and have given him some water. He is very active. Would I be able to bring him to you today? I really don’t know what to do with him. I just want him to be safe.

  29. Jenny says:

    Hello –
    We found a painted turtle in the road today and he had been hit by a car. His shell has an approx 1″ diameter piece which is broken away from the rest of the shell but still attached to the turtle. The injury appears to be along the back edge, near the tail only. I really don’t know a thing about turtles but he seems pretty active, despite his injuries. I understand there is a way to repair a shell and I am hoping I can bring this little guy to your hospital tomorrow (Friday, 7/1) for rehabilitation. I’d be happy to make a donation for him to get the proper care. Do you have an opening? Thanks.

    • Hey Jenny,

      I see that you were able to bring this turtle into our center yesterday. Just want to let you know that he is being treated in our centers Medical Ward where he is being administered Anti-Biotics to fight off potential infection. Our Staff is doing what they do best, rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

      In the future, if you come across animal in distress, give a call! Keep in mind at this time of year there are thousand of poor animals in need of care and we are doing the best we can. A drop in the bucket.

      NEWC 781-682-4878

  30. James Livingston says:

    What hours are available for visits over the weekend? We have visited before with one of our granddaughters, but we have another granddaughter, now 9, who would like to take for a visit.

    Jim Livingston

  31. Lisa Richards says:

    My children have been feeding a Canada Goose here in Framingham. Today, when “Mr. Goose” came to us, he was barely using his left leg. He also stayed on our upper terrace away from the river which is not normal for him.

    Is there someone who could take him for us?


    • Joan Campbell says:

      Hi Lisa, We do not pick up animals but you can call the Animal Rescue League in Boston 617-426-9170. They will pick up injured animals if they are not overwhelmed with calls.

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