Often, we get calls from people who mean well and have the best intentions about wanting to save a baby bunny, bird or squirrel.
While we don’t claim to know-it-all in the wild kingdom, we do have years of experience and give out the best advice we can.
Usually, the conversation ends with the person calling becoming very bitter and telling us we could do more…or they just don’t believe us.
The Golden Rule of our rehab is:
“It is our responsibility as humans to know when to leave mother nature alone.”
- We don’t remove adult wildlife because it is a nuisance such as hanging out near your house or eating your cat food or acting strange. You will need to contact a local Wildlife Control Operator. In Kershaw County you can call 803-427-0551 or for a statewide list of control operators click HERE.
- It is illegal to relocate nuisance wildlife in South Carolina. You can obtain a copy of these regulations by viewing the regulations online at the SC DNR web page. Click HERE for the Fur Harvest Regulations for South Carolina. These regulations are to be observed by EVERYONE who removes nuisance wildlife, not just the wildlife control operators.
- We do not accept wild “pets”. Please do not raise baby wildlife as a pet. We get several calls each year from people who are tired of caring for their ‘pets’ and want to ‘give’ them to us. These animals cannot be released now that they are human habituated and most likely will have to be euthanized.
- As a rehab we are only supposed to release wildlife that has been rehabilitated and was in our care.
- We don’t remove young animals because you think they are too young/small to be on their own. We only work with orphaned wildlife.
- We do not like to disrupt Mother Nature. Many wild babies, such as bunnies, are weaned very early and Mom doesn’t come around very much.
- We do not “save” or remove wildlife because you think it is in danger because of dogs or other wildlife. Mom chooses her nesting site and it is not up to us to disturb it just because we don’t like it…we don’t make it a habit of stealing babies and purposely making them orphans. Simply keep your pets indoors or in fenced yards if you think they may harm wild babies. Kershaw County has a nuisance animal law (there is no leash law, except in Camden city limits)…which requires pets to be under the physical control of their owners at all times.
- We might give you the number to a rehabber closer to you or one that specializes in certain species. This is not us refusing to help, this is us getting the fastest, best help possible for the animal.