How to locate/Transport to a Wildlife Rehabilitator

How to Locate/Transport to a Wildlife Rehabilitator DFW Wildlife Coalition Hotline 972-234-WILD or 972-234-9453 Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days per year.  Our volunteer operated hotline will assist in finding a wildlife rehabilitator that specializes in the wildlife or type of injury, orphaned, and or conflict/concern you may have.   Animal Help Now ( If you […]

About DFW Wildlife Hotline

DFW Wildlife Coalition was founded in 2003 by Prudi Koeninger with two other wildlife rehabilitators. Prudi is the only original member still on the board. The Hotline is answered every day of the year, including holidays, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are 49 volunteer positions for the telephone, and 49 chat volunteer positions. The volunteers on the hotline take over […]

I found an injured mammal

I found an injured mammal: How to Assess, Rescue, and Contain An adult should carefully assess if the animal truly needs rescue. Important considerations: 1. If the animal is a rabies vector species, such as raccoon, skunk, fox, and or coyote, please consider that the animal may have been injured because it was already compromised by sickness, such as Canine Distemper or […]

I found an injured adult bird

I found an injured adult bird: How to Assess, Rescue, and Contain An adult should carefully assess if the bird truly needs rescue. Important considerations: 1. If the bird is a baby or fledgling, review the following section to assess if a rescue is warranted: Birds > “I Found a Baby Bird, does it need help?” Many times, a fallen baby can […]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] General Questions Are you experiencing an issue with wildlife in your area?  If you have an urgent concern, please get in touch with us right away.  If you are looking for more information, please click on one of the questions below to expand the content and find your answer.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out […]

I found a baby pink animal

If it has black toenails. You found it under a tree, on a roof, in a gutter, or in the attic, you have a baby squirrel. Read FAQ: I found a baby squirrel! If the hind foot has a thumb in the same location as your thumb and there is no toenail on the thumb, you have an opossum. Because opossums are […]

I found a baby squirrel!

So you think you found a baby squirrel but you aren’t sure. What should you do? Make sure that the animal is indeed a squirrel Are the toenails black?  If yes, it is a squirrel, if not, consider other options such as an opossum, mouse, or rat. If unsure read FAQ: “I found a baby pink animal.” Did you find it at […]

I found a baby opossum

The rule of thumb is to rescue a baby opossum if it is less than 8 inches from nose to butt. Use a 6-inch dollar bill as a handy ruler. They are extremely vulnerable to predators. Often, they will fall off the mom while traveling. Mother opossums never return for the baby. Typical size of baby opossum that needs immediate rescue. If […]

Basic conflict resolution of urban predators

Mammal predators in our cities include, bobcats, coyotes, and to a lesser degree raccoons, foxes, skunks and opossum.  Their diets consist of a wide range of insects, lizards, frogs, snakes, mice, rats, rabbits, squirrel, and ducks. All except the bobcat are omnivores which extends their diet to also include plants such as fruits, berries, and nuts.  A quick look around in your […]

Ways to provide heat for orphan or injured wild animal

Ways to provide heat for orphan or injured wild animal Saving a life begins with making sure an orphaned or injured animal has heat. When you rescued the animal, you were directed to provide a T-shirt for comfort and warmth and to make sure you safely contained the animal to prevent escape. To review these steps, go to Quick Tips>I Found an […]