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Wildlife Rescuers in New York City

Occasionally I'll receive calls from friends or associates requesting assistance for an animal in distress. New York City has several licensed wildlife rehabilitator that you can contact. First, if you find an injured or orphaned animal, here is a link to important information from New York State Wildlife Rehabilitators on what the public show know when encountering wildlife that MAY need help. Second, usually calling the city's 311 help line can provide you with a local rehabber. The Wild Bird Fund also has an excellent page of information on what to do if you find a baby bird here.

Below is a list of wildlife rehabbers around New York City. Feel free to contact me with any other resources that you think should be added to this list. New York City Audubon also maintains a page of resources at this link.


Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Phone: 718- 436-5163


Eileen Jones (Private rehabilitator in Brooklyn)
Home: 718-853-9290
Cell: 347-527-0825


Jennifer Dudley (works mostly with Wild Bird Fund)
cell: 917-355-7550
Facebook: NYC Baby Bird Rescue


Robert Spragg
Will retrieve and transport birds of prey only; eagles, hawks, owls. He will travel anywhere in 5 boroughs.
Hours: 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.
Phone: 917-328-4315


Wildlife In Need Of Rescue And Rehabilitation Inc (WINORR)
202 N Wyoming Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758-1512
Phone: (516) 293-0587

WINORR is a non-profit, volunteer organization serving New York city, Nassau and Western Suffolk Counties.

We provide professional care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.

Our trained volunteers receive no funds from federal, state, or country agencies and are totally dependent on donations, grants, and fundraisers to pay for our daily operation.

We rescue and care for wild animals received through the Department of Environmental Conservation, local police, animal hospitals, humane societies, animal control, as well as the general public. The state and federal governments license us to provide this service.

A handful of local vets generously donate their time and expertise to WINORR. Our area does not have a wildlife rehabilitation center. A small network of home-based rehabilitators fill this void.

In addition to rehabilition, we also provide information and education for the community.

Lastly, we offer sanctuary or find permanent placement for non-releasable wildlife that are unable to survive in the wild and otherwise would face euthanasia.

Note: Bobby and Cathy Horvath of WINORR are usually the go-to rehabbers for NYC raptors.


The Wild Bird Fund, Inc.
565 Columbus Avenue (between 87th and 88th)
New York, NY 10024
Hours: 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. No appointment needed (but unable to pick up animals).

New York City is a major stopover of the East Coast migratory flyway. Over 355 bird species live in the Big Apple or take refuge here during migration. Many of these birds are injured by flying into buildings that have sprung up along their ancient migratory pathways, others by cat attacks, vehicles, and human interference. Yet New York is the only major city in the US that does not have a wildlife rehabilitation center.

The Wild Bird Fund is a state and federally licensed 501(c)(3) that rehabilitates more than 4,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals and releases them back to the wilds of New York City. All native and migratory birds are treated, from house sparrows and pigeons to comparative rarities such as Virginia rails and great horned owls. This critical work is accomplished through individual donations, a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.


Animal Care and Control of New York City

Bronx Pet Receiving Center
464 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Receiving Hours: Tuesday, and Saturday, 8am - 4pm
For services on other days and all adoption services, please visit the Manhattan shelter.
Directions: take the '4' or 'D' train to Fordham Rd; take the 'Bx12' bus to Fordham Plaza and walk one block southeast on East Fordham Rd. (The receiving center is across the street from Fordham University).

Brooklyn Animal Care Center
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Closed on All Holidays
Directions: Take the '3' train to New Lots Ave; When leaving the New Lots station, walk down 4 blocks down from New Lots to Essex St, turn right, and travel 2 blocks down to Linden Blvd. (AC and C’s Care Center is on the south side of the street between Essex St. and Shepherd Ave.)

Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Closed on all Holidays
Directions: Take the '6' train to 110th Street; Walk 2½ blocks east (Shelter is on the south side of the street between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Queens Pet Receiving Center
92-29 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374
Receiving Hours: Wednesday, 8am - 4pm
For services on other days and all adoption services, please visit the Brooklyn shelter.
Directions: Take the 'V' or 'R' train to Woodhaven Blvd. and exit on Queens Blvd; walk under the Long Island Expressway overpass (AC and C’s Care Center is on the left).

Staten Island Animal Care Center
3139 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a Week
Closed on All Holidays
Directions: Take Rt. 440 South to exit 1N/Arthur Kill Rd. At the stop sign, make a left onto Veterans Rd. West (AC and C’s Care Center is located one block ahead on the left).


The following list is from the website of New York State Wildlife Rehabilitators:

DEC Region 2 Licensed Rehabilitators

County: Bronx
Town: City Island
Maura J. Mandrano
Email: squirrel.island [AT]
Phone: 914-309-0279
License: Class 1
Animals Accepted: Small mammals
Specialize in squirrels, especially neonates and juveniles.
I'm very computer-friendly and internet-savvy so I enjoy acting as an information source or conduit to other rehabbers. I am also an Administrator/Moderator of The Squirrel Board (

County: Kings
Town: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Peter J. McKosky, Empty Cages Collective
Email: emptycagescollective [AT]
Phone: (800) 880-2684
License: Class 1
Animals accepted: Small Mammals, Waterfowl, Reptiles/Amphibians, Non-Migratory Birds, opossums, squirrels, muskrats, domestic fowl rescue.

County: New York
Carol Vinzant
Email: carolvinzant [AT]
License: Class 1
Animals accepted: Small Mammals
I've mainly handled squirrels. I've worked with the parks department to put up squirrel houses, a bat house and a hawk nesting platform.

County: Manhattan
Arina Hinzen
Phone: (917) 324-8735
License: Class 1
Animals accepted: Small Mammals, Non-Migratory Birds