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Found a Sick or Injured Animal?
  When an animal is obviously sick or injured, please bring it directly to our hospital for treatment during open hours.  If you're unsure if the animal needs your help or you have questions about handling it, please read our Wildlife FAQ page or call our wildlife information hotline: 614-793-WILD (9453). 

In 2013, OWC admitted 4,791 injured, orphaned and ill animals for treatment.
  • Mammal admissions: 2,622
  • Avian admissions: 2,084
  • Reptiles/Amphibians: 85
Before bringing an animal to the hospital, here are some tips: 

How do I know if it really needs my help?
This is the most important question to ask.  Human intervention is a wild animal's last chance for survival.  Make sure to observe the situation for quite a while before acting.  Read our animal fact sheets for additional information or call our information hotline:  (614) 793-WILD.

Should I feed it?  

NO. Feeding wildlife the wrong food or liquids can do more harm than good, so it’s important to get it proper care as soon as you can.  That’s what we’re here for!

Where is OWC's wildlife hospital?  
2661 Billingsley Road
Columbus, OH 43235
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HOSPITAL HOURS:
Mon-Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat. & Sun: 9am - 3pm
 
What is Wildlife Rehabilitation? Minimize

Wildlife rehabilitation is the process of caring for injured, orphaned or sick wild animals and releasing them back to the wild when they are able to survive on their own. Permits are required from the Ohio Division of Wildlife to rehabilitate any native wild animals. Additional permits are required from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to rehabilitate native birds.

The Law in Ohio
Native wild animals are legally protected. It is illegal for anyone to possess a native wild animal unless permitted by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. A person found illegally possessing wildlife can be subject to fines, imprisonment and/or restitution.  A person can transport an animal in need to a permitted rehabilitator.  For additional information or to find a rehabilitator close to you, contact the Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE or http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/.

Ohio Wildlife Center holds permits from both the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to practice rehabilitation.

Wildlife Rehabilitation at OWC
The OWC wildlife hospital is open for anyone in the community who has an animal in need in a veterinary hospital and has an excellent reputation for medical treatment of injured, sick, displaced and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning a healthy individual back to the wild for independence.

Founded in 1984 by local veterinarian Donald L. Burton, OWC offers the only hospital of its kind in the region and admits nearly 5,000 animals in need each year.