New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Wildlife Hospital

The Center treats and cares for 225 different species of animals each year. Over the years we have treated over 75,000 wild animals.   This includes sick, injured and orphaned native and naturalized wild animals such as hummingbirds, snapping turtles, raccoons, foxes, cottontails, hawks, owls and many others.  The care is conducted under the direction of veterinarians.  The vet team includes wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary technicians and animal care workers.  High school and undergraduate interns are incorporated into the day-to-day care, giving students the opportunity to work with and study up-close the biology of many species.  These are animals that students would otherwise never have the opportunity to contact. The care provided to wildlife succeeds about one-half of the time.  By the time wild animals that are sick or injured are able to be successfully caught and brought to us, they are usually in very poor condition.  All animals successfully rehabilitated are released back to local woodlands and estuaries.

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34 Comments to “Wildlife Hospital”

  1. Brooke Konecny says:

    Hi- I found a squirrel in our backyard living in a pile of brush. He appears to be paralyzed or his legs are injured. He moves around pretty well with his front legs and he was foraging for food so it seems like he has been surviving like this for a little while at least. He didn’t seem to be in pain. I can’t bear to just leave him out there injured like that since he clearly can’t survive for too long like that but I don’t know what to do. I’m located in Westborough, MA. I don’t know how to catch him or where to take him. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Brooke, if you can bring him to us then we can try to determine whether it is a fixable injury or not. You can always call Animal Control or Animal Rescue League of Boston to actually pick up the animal and bring them to us for medical attention.

  2. Ali O'Grady says:


    My daughter just found a very tiny painted turtle in the grass outside of our hotel. What should we do with him/her. He/she is very tiny and is not near any water. can we bring him into you? We are raising a tadpole; can the baby turtle go in with the tadpole?

    We are living in temp. housing in a hotel, so your quick response would be awesome!

    Let me know ASAP…..Thanks, Ali

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ali, this is the time of year when a lot of small turtles are wandering around as they have just been born. You can bring him to us Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 2 PM and we will raise him until he is large enough to have a good chance of surviving in the wild.

  3. richard says:

    my dog found 2 baby rabbits eyes still closed but have fur have them in shoe box with torn up paper trying to keep warm how do i take care of them or where can i bring them

  4. Cady G says:

    Rescued a red breasted merganser on Saturday. It had been hit by a car and was dragging itself by its wings. It has survived the weekend and appears to have had no internal injuries; however, one of its legs is completely limp though I can’t feel or see a break. There are no protruding bones. The bird is taking raw smelts by hand and I have also given avian vitamin/electrolyte mix with her food and water. It is possible that she will not regain use of this leg. Does NEWC take animals that will live but cannot be returned to the wild?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Cady, Thanks for your post. I am assuming that you are a licensed wildlife rehabber. Unfortunately, it is illegal to provide medical care to wildlife without a state permit. Normally we would be able to take the merganser, but our veterinary team will be attending the North American Veterinary Conference as part of our staff training this week. The Center normally does not keep animals that cannot be returned to the wild. We make few exceptions in cases were the animal may make a suitable education ambassador, if permitted by the state and when captivity isn’t too stressful. If you are looking for someone to take the bird, please check out a list of rehabilitators on our site or on the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Site. Very best of luck to you and the Merganser.

  5. Alicia says:

    There is a young swan who looks sick and has sat himself in the brush about 20 feet from the pond. I approached (to within 4′) to see if he was tangled in something. I see no signs of trauma but he did not move and just watched me approach. He is standing and looks like he is trying to make noise but cant. He is moving his head like trying to swallow maybe? What can I do? Is there a swan rescue that can try and save him? I don’t want to watch him die. I have watched this beautiful swan family since the spring. Please help!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Alicia, You can call the Animal Rescue League of Boston to see if they can perhaps capture him and bring him in to us. The other option is your local animal control officer. If he gets to us, we can try to help. Very best of luck.

  6. Kathy Arams says:

    I have a 2 year old hen that got grabbed by a dog yesterday. She can spread her wings and she can stand, she has an injury to one wing and one foot, it has been 24 hours, she is drinking and eating and if very alert. resting in her nest, I feel she needs professiol help, I know you only do wildlife, there is no other place that understands bird injury’s, she is a very large hen. Kathy

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kathy, New England Wildlife Center is home also to the Odd Pet Vet, which does see hens. All proceeds from the commercial practice go to help run the Center. To make an appointment, please call 781 682 4878. Best of luck.

  7. Kevin says:

    I found a squirrel that I think has a broken leg It seems to be in a lot of pain and there are alot of cats in the area so I dont want to leave him there. What can I do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kevin, We are open 10-2 for animal admissions Tue – Friday so you can bring him in to us. Give us a call before at 781 682 4878 you come to make sure we have beds. Hope to see you soon.

  8. Jennifer Swanton says:

    My dog injured a chipmunk in my back yard. I’m not sure how injured it is but I covered it with a laundry basket so no other animals can get to it and when I went to check on it, it had moved a bit. I am going to put it in a cage so it is protected but don’t know where to go from there.

  9. Jill says:

    We found a white dove along the curbside in my town. It’s wing appears bent, but it wants to move around. It drinks water and rather spunky at times. What should we do? Is this something you can care for? Thank you.

  10. Sade says:

    I was having a yard sale with my mom today, when I saw a baby bird hopping in the street. My mom got it out of the street with 2 cups. It has a broken wing and I wanted to know what I could do to help it. Right now it is in a small hamster cage and it keeps climbing the cage and keeps falling on it’s back and because of it’s wing is broken it is hard for it to flip back over so we have to flip it over please help .

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Sade, We open for admissions again on Tuesday, which I know doesn’t help you with your immediate problem. There is a list of wildlife rehabilitators on this site or you can visit the division of fisheries and wildlife site. Very best of luck to you. I know how heartbreaking it is to find an animal that needs help. We will be open for admission again on Tuesday and will be able to take him/her if we have room. Best of luck.

  11. Bernadette Dann says:

    Hi a dove hit my glass door and i am pretty sure he has a broken wing. when he tries to fly he just falls on his bakc and cant get up without help. I cant just let him suffer so I put him in a dog cage wrapped in a towel and have had him for almost 2 days now. Please help. He doesnt seem to be eating or drinking.

    • Jack Banagis says:

      Hey Bernadette,

      We are currently open for bird admissions. You can bring the dove by between 10 AM – 2 PM Monday – Thursday. We know how hard it is to witness such an event. We wish you and the dove the best of luck.

  12. Shir Gale says:

    I found a feathered, fledgling sparrow on the sidewalk in an urban neighborhood who was in poor condition. No nests were apparent. It is responding well, eating (I’ve been feeding it with a straw), hopping around and flapping. It does appear to have a damaged foot and does not yet fly. It needs to feed quite often and I cannot accommodate the required feeding schedule with my work. Would you be able to care for it?

    Thank you,

  13. gail bilowz says:

    I have a house finch that does not stand.Looks like an adult size bird. The nest fell out of the tree yesterday and broke apart. Bird does not peep but does open his mouth wide for food (like a baby bird does). Doesn’t move his wings.I placed him in a box in a fleece blanket. I did cut up a worm (about 1/8 inch) and put in the back of his throat which I think he swallowed. I volenteered there years ago and thought that a baby bird has to be fed many times a day, Since I work, is there any way I can drop him off or can I buy liquid food to see if it lasts longer while I am working.Thanks for your help, Gail

  14. Rebecca says:


    I had a turtle (Robin) treated by you last year for its abscess. Now another turtle (Tina) of the same kind has the same condition. I wonder if I could make an appointment with you to have her treated. Thanks!


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Rebecca, If the turtle is a domestic we would be happy to see you at the Odd Pet Vet. Just call 781 682 4878 for an appointment. If the turtle is wild you can bring him in Tue – Fr 10-2. Just give us a call first to make sure we are on in-take (meaning, we have room in the hospital). It changes quickly sometimes. We are on in-take today. Bring him on in if he’s wild! Best, Katrina

  15. Jill Furumoto says:

    I have found four orphaned baby bunnies in my yard. I believe that my dog may have killed the mom. So, I am trying to figure out what to do to help these babies. If you can tell me where I can bring them or if there is a care center around Burlington MA, that would be great. Thanks!

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Jill,

      Here ( is a link to our “Orphaned Animal” page. There is lots of useful information there, including a link to a list of rehabillitators that are located in your area. You can also bring them to us if you like. We are only open to take wildlife from 10AM-2PM on Tuesday through Friday when our wildlife veterinarian is here.

      I would be very cautious about disturbing this nest, though. It can be very difficult to tell mom was actually the rabbit that was killed, as there are likely lots of rabbits in your area. Its also hard to tell if mom is still coming to nurse the babies as she only comes in the early morning and late at night. Their eyesight and hearing are far better than ours too, so odds are if you can see the nest she can see you and will be unlikely to return to the area if she feels unsafe. Baby bunnies are extremely hard to hand raise in captivity, so we try to keep them in the nest as much as possible.

      Good luck.

  16. kathy mackie says:

    I have found a blind baby chickadee that I would like to find a center more suited for caring long term for her. Please let me know if there is somewhere I can bring her. thanks kathy

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kathy, Please see “what to do if you find a wild animal” on our website. If it doesn’t answer your questions, please let me know. In addition to the Center’s hours and policies, it will link you to other limited resources. There aren’t enough resources in our state, and it is heartbreaking. Very best of luck.

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