It is baby time. Soon you may see kittens, baby birds, deer etc. Wild babies, for the most part, do not need any intervention. However, kittens we want to know about. Let’s talk about how to handle a baby situation and know if the baby needs help or not.
A baby bird that has fallen from the nest is very common. Most mamma birds will kick them out when its time for them to go and they spend 2 days or so on the ground before they learn to take flight. The parents still come to feed the baby until it learns to fly.
Baby birds are not professionals in the beginning. The ‘wait and see’ attitude is fine if the baby is not in danger. If you can reach the nest safely feel free to put it back. It and its siblings may be back on the ground a few minutes later, but you tried. If cats are prevalent in your area or if the baby is already injured, then a wildlife rehabber is your answer. We only have one bird rehab in our area at this time. Her name is Ginger Rood and her number is 859-384-4022.
Baby bunnies and baby deer are frequently found lying alone with “no mother in sight”. That is the master plan for these animals considered “prey” animals. They are always in fear of being eaten. So they do not lay with their babies. They do not want to draw attention to them or make them have too much of an odor.
If you have to chase a bunny to “save it”, then it does not need to be saved. It is on its own. If they have hair and their eyes are open, they are not in need of your care. Injured bunnies most times do better without us. Mother Nature heals her own animal, for the most part. There is only one antibiotic you can give a rabbit and they can stress and die just from being handled. You can help most by not helping.
Fawns need intervention when they are crying aka “bleating”, the grass has died under where they are laying or they have maggots/flies all over. If you feel a baby needs rescue call Animal Control or a Wildlife rehabber please. I created a Face book Group for anyone interested in becoming a rehabber or assisting wildlife by transporting them etc. it is called NKY Wildlife Rehab. We have a desperate need for bird and mammal rehabbers in our area.
We get calls for baby squirrels, raccoons, opossums etc. Remember unless you are a licensed rehabber or in the process of being one, you can not raise these babies. Never feed a cold baby and never give milk products. If you absolutely have to give the baby something once it warms up, just until you can get it to rehab use pedialyte only. A baby bird would be fed dog food kibble soaked in water. Small pieces behind the tongue every 30 minutes.
Domestics/feral/stray kitten season is almost here too. Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter be no-kill. This means if there are feral or stray cats reproducing, spraying and causing problems in your neighborhood, we will trap them have them vaccinated, spay/neutered and an eartip and release back into the area.
This keeps new cats from vacuuming (Moving into) the neighborhood and you area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
Some kittens can be placed up for adoption, but for the most part, mom keeps them hidden until the prime socialization period is over. This means they will never be sweet, tame, indoor cats your kids can pet. Those kittens will at least be altered with this program. We have had this program in place since October 2016 and we have dramatically reduced the number of cats euthanized. Only terminally injured/sick cats are euthanized now.
Please be proactive and help us continue to save lives. Call 859-572-1211 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency please call me through dispatch 859-292-3622. Your cat can get spayed/neutered for free if you qualify for low income. If you do not qualify it is only a $20 co-pay. You also need proof of residency; this is a grant for Campbell County. If you have friends that need cats done in surrounding Counties have them check with their local shelter. The grant incorporates 5 NKY counties.
LOW COST SPAY/NETUER FOR CAMPBELL COUNTY
There is not a true “Puppy season”; however there is also a grant for dogs to get done thru UCAN. If the mobile once a month transport is utilized it will be $25 for spay/neuter and $10 for rabies vaccine if proof can not be provided. I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet!
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
Dayton Community News