Found an Animal?

If you find an animal in distress, please call the Howell Nature Center at (517) 548-5530. The animal may not actually need assistance and removing it from its environment may cause more harm. We will help you decide whether the animal needs care and, if necessary, ask you to bring it to the Center.


Due to a record high number of intakes this baby season, the Wildlife Clinic is temporarily suspending intakes, with the exception of the wildlife listed below, as we are reaching capacity. While we strive to help every patient we can, we are in a situation where we need to prioritize the welfare of the animals already in our care. At this time we are only taking in: fawns, birds of prey, adult songbirds, and adult small mammals. You may call the Wildlife Helpline at 517-548-5530 for advice on what to do if you have found an injured or orphaned animal, and/or you can find contact information for additional wildlife rehabilitation clinics across Michigan HERE.

Thank you for your understanding and for caring about wildlife in need!


Before bringing an animal to us for treatment, please keep it warm and quiet. Handle it as little as possible and keep it away from pets and children. Do not feed the animal or force it to drink water! Any attempt to offer food or water may not be in the best interest of the animal and may actually, in fact, cause harm.

Bringing Patients to the Center

The Howell Nature Center cares for more than 4,000 animals each year – this keeps us very busy! Therefore, we are not equipped to provide a pick-up service for patients. If an animal needs care, we will tell you how to handle and transport the animal safely or make a referral.

Do All Animals Need Our Help?

We will help you determine whether an animal needs assistance when you call the Center. An owl that has flown into the path of an oncoming car and has injured its wing, for example, most definitely needs help.

However, many young wild animals that may appear to be abandoned really are not. Their mothers are most likely nearby and will return to feed them throughout the day. Whenever possible your first action should be to call us for advice on whether and how to handle an injured or seemingly abandoned animal.

Below you can find information for reference if it is after hours. If you have taken in an injured animal outside of our hours of operation, keep it warm in a quiet place away from people and pets until you can reach us. Leave us a brief message with your name and phone number on our Wildlife Helpline (517) 548-5530.

Support our Wildlife

All of the wildlife patients Howell Nature Center receives each year are funded by the generosity of our community. These animals could not be helped without YOU. The animals, as well as us, thank you deeply for your continued support.