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Stray Pets & Wildlife



If you have found a wild animal that appears to be healthy, please do not remove them from their environment. Pieper Veterinary cannot accept healthy wild animals, but if you have questions please contact your local animal control, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, or DEEP Dispatch (860-424-3333).

If the animal is injured or sick, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or visit the app Animal Help Now for local wildlife rehabilitator contact info. You may also take the animal to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic (508-839-7918).

Due to the risk of rabies and other zoonotic diseases, we strongly recommend you avoid touching any wild animals. If the animal is acting aggressively, approaching people or pets, staggering, stumbling, or dragging a limb, do NOT attempt to handle or approach them. Instead, call your local animal control or police department.

Stray Animals

At some point, you may come across a stray pet with no way of identifying the owner.

If the pet is healthy or has non-urgent injuries or illness, please call your local animal control or the Humane Society at (800) 452-0114. Due to space, we are unable to admit these pets into our hospital.

If the animal is seriously injured or sick we can accept them at our emergency and primary care hospitals. Please call ahead to let our staff know that you will be coming in. When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a "Good Samaritan" form and provide a valid form of ID (driver’s license or state ID). Depending on your town’s animal control policies, we may also be required to contact animal control or a police officer to take a written statement.

All animals must be leashed or in a carrier before coming in – if you don’t have one with you, let our staff know and one will be provided for you.

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