SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Casualty Wildlife

Animals in the Wild

SPCA’s position is that humans have a duty of care to assist wild animals found in pain or distress as a direct consequence of a human activity or interference, or as a result of a natural disaster.

Wild animals found to be sick, injured, or orphaned must be promptly assessed by an experienced person, preferably a veterinarian, with knowledge and experience in the species. Where a wild animal is experiencing pain or distress which cannot be relieved or treated, it must promptly be euthanased.

(see Wildlife Rehabilitation for more information)

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