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What to do if you have found a wildlife animal

First, step back and observe the situation, if the animal is injured or in distress reach out to us immediately and do not try to feed or water the animal.  Otherwise there is information *currently being added* on how to try to reunite each species with its mother and other useful tips for the future, or if you are just here to learn! 

Signs of pain/distress:


Being Hunched Over

Guarding a Certain Area

Excessive Panting or Breathing Heavily

Being Lethargic


Excessive Grooming

Dull or Sunken in Eyes

Whimpering or Excessive Calling Out


and Pacing are just a few indicators 

Sweet fawn left in the woods
Animals we Rehabilitate
(Beaver, Deer, Groundhogs, Opossums, Rabbits, Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels)
Animals we do not Rehabilitate
(Bats, Birds, Reptiles)

In the event that we cannot take in an animal or you have an animal who needs more help than we can offer here are other  wildlife rehabbers in South Carolina.

ARC- Animal Rehabbers of the Carolinas (Rock Hill.Charlotte areas) 704-552-2329


Columbia 803-772-3994

Center for Birds of Prey (Charleston) 843-971-7474

Happy Tails Rehab (Clover) Fawns and Wild Rabbits 704-488-8549

Keeper of the Wild (Walterboro) 843-636-1659

Magnolia Fawn Rescue (Gray Court)  Contact via facebook 

PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary (Waterloo) 864-683-3190

SC Cares (Georgetown) 843-546-7893

Two Hearts Wildlife Rehab (Sunset) 864-643-9876

Wildlife Rehab Group of SC (Greenville) 864-233-0339

Exotic/Non Native Rescues

International Primate Protection League (Summerville)

Safe Haven (Pickens County) 

World Parrot Trust (Travelers Rest) 

Animal Help Now 

What PWRR Does

PWRR does NOT have a facility or dropbox that we use. Like many rehabbers across the U.S., most of us work out of our homes or on our own property. You will be asked to aid in transportation of the animal to the closest rehabber in our network. If there is ever a situation where we do not have somebody with PWRR close to you, we do work with other rescues and facilities throughout the state and will guide you in the best direction. 

If you find an animal outside of these species we can help locate another rehabber or rescue to help you and the animal. There are times we will have to evaluate the severity of the animal's condition and depending on that may have to direct you to a facility with an onsite veterinarian.

WHEN YOU FIND A BABY OR INJURED ANIMAL DO NOT TRY TO FEED OR GIVE WATER. This can be crucial and sometimes life threatening depending on the situation. Babies will aspirate easily. Please keep the animal safe, dry, and as warm as possible. Fleece blankets are perfect to use and a heating pad (do not place the animal directly on the heat source, place the blanket over the heating pad or place it  under the box/tote you are using). Please reach out to a rehabber immediately ​.



After we obtain the animal we do a full body evaluation recording their weight and temperature. We focus on getting them warm, tending their wounds, administering medications and work on introducing food. Depending on their age and conditions, we put together a plan to ensure they are able to be released back into the wild. Part of that plan is reducing human contact as they age and preparing them for a soft release.  A soft release is an enclosed area outside where they spend a few weeks/months learning how to forage for food, becoming alert of their surroundings, especially predators.  


During their soft release period we only appear when they’re sleeping to place food in the enclosure and to intervene if there is a need for medical treatment.  For most animals this will be a smooth and successful transition, but there are times where their instincts do not kick in fully, we either keep trying to release or because of this they become what is considered non-releasable.  

There are only a few other circumstances when an animal is not released back into the wild; the most common being medical conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, missing limbs, or any other disease resulting in permanent cognitive or physical deficiency. Quality of life is evaluated with every case, if their quality of life would be greatly impacted we would make the most humane decision to euthanize the animal in the most compassionate setting. These are the choices we dread but ultimately will be necessary, they will never be made lightly and we will honor each life in many ways. 

Visit the donate tab or check out our facebook to find out more ways to get involved with PWRR!

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