AWARE is a group of dedicated people who rescue and rehabilitate wild animals in New York state.
Caring for wildlife and teaching others to care.
We are an all volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that cares for orphaned, injured and distressed wildlife. We are located in Niagara County, NY.
As a part of our goal, we offer live educational programs to the general public using live disabled, but healthy birds. We depend on donations to help pay for veterinary treatments, food, medications, caging, educational materials, and to maintain the non-releasable animals. We are strictly a volunteer organization, and when we run out of funds from donations, we pay out of our own pockets. Please help us to help them.
What to do if you find an animal in distress:
If it is young, make sure the parents aren't nearby before you interfere. If the parents do not return within 1 to 2 hours (depending on the weather), it may be in need of rescue.
Try to return the young to the nest. ALL parents will accept their young regardless of how they may smell.
If an animal is injured, rescue it immediately and place it in a box or paper bag with air holes. Always remember to place wild animals in a warm, dark, quiet place without disturbance until you can get it to help.
DO NOT FEED OR WATER
DO NOT HANDLE - This can cause it stress and worsen it's condition.
NEVER TOUCH ADULT OR BABY RACOONS, SKUNKS OR BATS!
If you do make contact of any kind, immediately contact Animal Control and the Health Dept.
CAUTION: Birds of prey and adult mammals can be VERY DANGEROUS! Contact someone who is qualified to handle them such as a wildlife rehabilitator, Conservation Officer or Nuisance Control.
DO NOT attempt to raise baby animals on your own! It is a violation of state and/or federal wildife laws. More importantly, young animals require a very specialized diet and handling. Even 1 or 2 days of improper diet can cause permanent harm.