Help for Injured Wildlife

This tool will help you locate and contact the closest relevant wildlife carers and rescue and rehabilitation organisations to help the injured animal.

Please note this is for native wildlife in Victoria only. For introduced or domestic animals (e.g. deer, rabbits, foxes, pigs, goats, horses, cats, dogs, cows, sheep, chickens, llamas etc.) please contact your local council or vet.

Is the animal alive?

Please tell us about the injured possum or glider so we can find the most appropriate help.

Caution!  Do not touch the animal as it can carry dangerous diseases which can be transferred to humans and should only be handled by a trained rescuer.

Unfortunately not much further can be done for this animal. For suspicious circumstances or mass deaths, call the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 (Mon - Fri 8am to 6pm).

Treat the situation carefully - if the animal is on the ground, check it is dead by gently turning it over with a stick or shovel. If dead, using a shovel and gloves, place the animal in a double plastic bag and dispose of the carcass in accordance with local government by-laws.

For animals found on the road, keep yourself safe and ensure you are not in danger of being hit by traffic. Approach slowly to make sure the animal is dead. If the animal is in the middle of the road, where possible and safe to do so, using gloves or similar, drag the carcass to the side of the road or contact your local council or police for assistance.

Check the surrounding area for young. If you find a baby animal, enter the search criteria again for that animal to view available contacts.

Please note it is illegal to take wildlife from the wild (including carcasses or samples of dead wildlife).