Winter Freeze: Help Save Native Wildlife

Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas Calls for Public’s Help With Wild Animals in Need

HOUSTON (February 13, 2021)— Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is urging residents to keep an eye out for native wildlife in their yards that may be ill, injured, or orphaned before and during this historic winter storm that is expected to bring days of sleet, ice and freezing temperatures to the greater Houston area this weekend.

How Can Residents 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.
  • Carefully place cold and wet baby animals in a box with soft rags and a warm (not hot) waterbottle, rice sock, or low heating pad until it is safe to get them to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas. Do not feed or give water to any injured or orphaned wildlife.
  • For more information, please call the Center at 713-861-9453, and follow @WildlifeCenterofTexas for the latest updates.

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