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Resources for Orphaned, Sick and, Injured Wildlife

Belladonna Rescue & Sanctuary does not provide services for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.


Adult animals rarely abandon their young. What may seem like an abandoned animal is normal care for most animals. The animal may not benefit from or may be harmed by your help.

  • The adult may be out of sight gathering food.

  • Removing young from their nests can disrupt the reproductive cycle of the animal.

  • Wildlife carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and pets.

  • Human scent can alert predators to the presence of young animals.

  • Truly orphaned and injured wildlife can be given to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for care.

Before acting, ask:

  • Has sufficient time passed without an adult animal nearby? The adult animal will not return with a person nearby.

  • Does the animal really need help? Most young animals that seem abandoned do NOT need help.

  • Did I witness the adult animal get killed?

  • Does the animal have obvious signs of disease or injury?

  • Will I help or harm this animal?

The best care and chance of survival is always with the young animal’s mother.


If you think a wild animal needs human assistance, reach out to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in Tippecanoe or surrounding counties (listed below) before attempting to help the animal. They will be able to help you determine if the animal truly needs help. Permitted wildlife rehabilitators make the final decision on their ability to provide assistance. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to release wildlife back into the wild. You can also allow nature to take its course.

It is unlawful for an individual to possess a wild animal without a proper permit. Good intentions can still harm wildlife. If an animal does need assistance, it is important that a properly licensed professional is contacted. Professionals have training, facilities, and resources to properly assist wildlife and ensure the animal is capable of fending for itself when released.

Most animals found in the wild are regulated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). If an animal is injured, you may call a permitted rehabilitator for assistance. Never compromise personal safety to help wildlife. You can find a complete list of permitted rehabilitators on the Indiana DNR website, listed below. Wild animal rehabilitation permits are issued to qualified individuals who take in sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals with the intent of releasing them back into the wild.

For more information, contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife at 317-232-4200 or 

Adapted from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on 05/21/2023

Indiana DNR Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators

1 / Tippecanoe

Wildcat Wildlife Center

Denise ​Hays

Phone: 765-491-2351

Address: 4709 N 400 W, Delphi

Rehabilitates: Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians

Accept deliveries of orphaned, injured, and adult animals

Elva James

Phone: 765-491-2787

Address: 1208 Voyager Way, West Lafayette

Rehabilitates: Rabbits, skunks, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, groundhogs, and opossums  (NO  raccoons or deer)

Will pick up and accept deliveries of orphaned and injured animals

Sheri Meade

Phone: 765-463-5724

Address: 725 Kent Avenue, West Lafayette

Rehabilitates: raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, opossums, muskrats

Accept deliveries of orphaned animals

2 / Carrol

TLC Wild Baby Rehab, Inc

Anita Bailey

Phone: 765-543-2499

Address: Delphi

Rehabilitates: raccoons, squirrels, opossums ONLY

Will pick up and accept deliveries of orphaned animals


Wildcat Wildlife Center

Carol Blacketer

Phone: 765-491-2351

Address: 4709 N 400 W, Delphi

Rehabilitates: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians

Will pick up and accept deliveries of orphaned, injured, and adult animals

Haley Morgan

Phone: 765-543-0167

Address: Burnettsville

Rehabilitates: mammals, turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders

Will pick up and accept deliveries of orphaned and injured animals

3 / Clinton

Deborah Reames

Phone: 765-670-7137

Address: Frankfort

Rehabilitates: rabbits and skunks ONLY

Accept deliveries of orphaned animals

4 / Boone

Holly Carter

Phone: 317-873-6561

Address: 625 Lakeview Dr, Zionsville

Rehabilitates: raccoon, squirrel, opossum, muskrat, bat, groundhog, reptiles, amphibians, birds

Accept deliveries of injured and adult animals

5 / Montgomery

Mindy Poole

Phone: 765-866-7112, 765-918-4571

Address: 8021 West 300, South Waynetown

Rehabilitates: deer (fawns only), foxes, mink, squirrels, and bobcats

Accept deliveries of orphaned animals


Noel Richardson

Phone: 765-365-4631

Address: 4582 W. Crown Street, Crawfordsville

Rehabilitates: mammals (no foxes or coyotes)

Will pick up (sometimes) and accept orphaned animals

6 / Fountain

Sandy Blackburn

Phone: 765-585-5244

Address: Attica

Rehabilitates: rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, groundhogs (NO deer, coyotes, or foxes)

Will pick up and accept deliveries of orphaned, injured and adult animals

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