If you have found an animal, click the corresponding button for handling instructions.
Additional Information for Adult or Other Animal Species
A rabies vector species
(mammal that could carry rabies at ANY age) such as a bat, raccoon, fox, otter, bobcat, please call BCSO Animal Services at 321-633-2024, option 1. Any accidental exposure to rabies means certain death for the animal and possible expensive treatments for you. BCSO will transport these animals to us. Do NOT attempt this yourself.
Other adult mammals
use heavy duty gloves such as welding gloves and transport in a box (plastic or cardboard) with a lid and air holes. If you have any questions about how to safely retrieve the animal, call our hotline (321)254-8843 or your nearest rehabilitator.
use caution. A long pointed beak the aims for your eyes or hands can do harm. Gloves and eye protection are a must if possible. Loosely covering the bird with a towel and placing in a box or bin is the safest way to get them to us.
A large bird of any kind
use caution. Whether strong talons that can puncture and not let go, or a long pointed beak the aims for your eyes, they can do harm. Gloves and eye protection are a must. Loosely covering the bird with a towel and placing in a box or bin is the safest way to get them to us.
An injured tortoise or turtle
lift gently and put in a box for transport
An injured snake (non-venomous)
put in an old pillow case and close with a rubber band or knot. Then place in a box with air holes or no lid for transport.