Hurricane Irene Response

In preparation for orphaned or injured wildlife impacted by Hurrican Irene the Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Program, in partnership with Evelyn's Wildlife Refuge, have established 2 primary response locations to receive wildlife following the storm.  Please contact our Wildlife Referral Line at 263-4762 if you discover wildlife in need of assistance after the storm has passed.  Our volunteers will attempt to return your calls as soon as possible.  In the event phone lines are down, wildlife can also be taken directly to the Virginia Beach SPCA located at 3040 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

We anticipate that Southside residents will encounter high numbers of wildlife during the days following the storm that will require rehabilitation.  Many will be found during the clean up and recovery process and will be in debilitated condition.

The very first thing you should do is to place the wildlife you found in a small box (Make sure that the box has adequate ventilation by punching small air holes in the top before placing the animal inside), lined with a handtowel or clean rag (do not use paper towels), and place the secured box (tape the top if necessary) in a dark, quiet location away from people and pets. Follow common-sense precautions for your own safety, such as washing your hands thoroughly after handling wildlife.

We urge residents that have found orphaned and injured wildlife to immediately transport them to our facility or local rehabilitators and not provide food or water, which can compromise the health of wildlife.  Many of these orphans will have internal injuries related to the high winds and suffer from aspiration (fluid in the lungs) as a result of the torrential downpours and flooding, and need to receive experienced care as soon as possible.  However, if  road conditions as a result of the hurricane prohibit transport for more than 12 hours, please keep the babies warm and offer droplets of water/fruit juice/gatorade/pedialyte/etc (no milk!) until you can transport (please also maintain precautions for your own personal safety).  Please do not attempt force feed fluids; the risk of aspiration (fluid in the lungs) is too great.   The first thing that a baby will die from is being cold or dehydrated.  As humans, our first instinct is to provide a baby with food, but often our good intentions can be very harmful.  The best thing you can do for wildlife if transport will be delayed more than 12 hours due to road conditions is to keep these babies warm and hydrated until they can be transported to receive proper care.  Wildlife will receive plenty of nutritious feedings of the proper diet for their species once they are received into care for rehabilitation by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. 

Please contact our Wildlife Referral Line at (757) 263-4762 for additional information.

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