Wildlife Program

Good Samaritans and first responders bring thousands of injured or ill wild animals to DoveLewis every year in need of medical attention. With generous donations from local animal lovers, DoveLewis’ team stabilizes the animals and the Bird Alliance of Oregon supports their recovery and release

If you have found an injured or ill wild animal, their best chance for recovery and release is through a rehabilitation center like Bird Alliance of Oregon. DoveLewis can accept ill or injured wild animals outside of Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center's hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily).

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Local Rehabilitation Centers

If you have found a bird in need of medical care, the best chance for their recovery and release is at a rehabilitation center. DoveLewis is not a rehabilitation center. 

What to do if you find a wild animal.

  1. Call the experts. If you find a wild animal, call the following centers:
  2. Limit your contact with the animal. Wild animals are terrified of humans. Limit your contact to only what is needed to contain the animal if it is recommended to be transported. This will reduce the amount of stress on the animal.
  3. Safely contain the animal.
    • If the animal is obviously injured or ill and can be transported safely, find a towel, blanket, or thick gloves to use while handling the animal.
    • Place the animal in any available safe container – a carrier or ventilated box is ideal.
    • Make sure the animal is as comfortable as possible and secure in the container.
    • Many animals, especially small ones, are stunned and will fly or scurry away when they become more alert. 
  4. Do not give the animal food or water. If their bodies are shutting down or if they are very weak, metabolizing food could kill them. Administrating water can be dangerous because it is easy to aspirate the animal.

About the Wildlife Program

Our goal is to be a safe-haven and advocate for sick or injured lost pets and stray companion animals. We treat nearly one thousand lost and stray animals each year in need of stabilizing care and pain relief.

Resources for stray and lost animals in the area have reduced significantly, and the number of animals being cared for at DoveLewis has doubled this year alone. The cost of emergency treatment for lost and stray, will be over $135,000 this year.

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