How To Help Wildlife During and After the Freeze

Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas Is Open Today for Impacted Animals

HOUSTON (February 15, 2021)— Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is open today until 3 p.m. to take in wild animals impacted by the winter storm such as squirrels, opossums and birds. If it is not safe to get the distressed animal to the Center, you can still help until it is safe to travel to our campus.

How To Help A Distressed Animal During the Freeze

  • Carefully place the cold and wet animal in a box with soft rags and a warm (not hot) waterbottle, a rice sock, or a heating pad set on low until it is safe to get them to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas.
  • Never attempt to feed or give water to any distressed wildlife as they may have water in their lungs or other serious injuries.
  • Give them a warm and quiet environment, away from regular household noise and pets.

Other Ways to Help

  • Pour warm water into birdbaths to melt frozen water.
  • Put out extra birdseed or suet in your yard.
  • Make a shelter for small mammals, like opossums, by cutting a hole in a cardboard box or plastic drink cooler and filling it with straw or soft blankets.
  • For complete guidelines on helping distressed wild animals, please visit their webpage or call the Center at 713-861-9453 Please follow @WildlifeCenterofTexas for the latest updates.

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