About the Wildlife Hospital

Duscky-footed wood rat

Lindsay Wildlife Museum's wildlife hospital is the oldest and one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the United States. It treats more than 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. The hospital is a pioneer in wildlife rehabilitation and many now-standard protocols across the country were developed here.

More than 98 percent of the animals treated at our hospital are admitted due to adverse contact with human activity. Animals are brought to the museum by the public and the county animal service agency. All services provided by the wildlife hospital are free of charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. Along with treating animals, the museum educates the public to prevent similar problems in the future.

Volunteer in the lab

Our goal is to provide the best medical and husbandry care within our resources to regional wild animals in need. Care takes place on site at the museum's wildlife hospital and off site at the homes of trained volunteers. Approximately 350 volunteers donate 60,000 hours of service in the hospital each year.

Twenty percent of the animals treated in our wildlife hospital have been caught by a cat. To save the lives of thousands of birds and other animals every year, please keep your cats indoors. Visit The American Bird Conservancy to find out more.