Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Wildlife Health Center

Contact Us

  • The Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p. m. Monday through Friday.
  • If you find an injured animal, please call us at 607-253-3060 and follow the prompts to the Wildlife Center to discuss the situation and get directions.
  • After hours we accept animals at our main hospital.
  • Our work depends on private donations from people just like you. If you would like to donate online click here.

What to Do If You Find an Injured Animal

We treat native animals brought to us, but do not capture and transport wildlife. Human safety is the top priority. If you find an injured animal, please make sure it is safe for you to approach and capture the animal. If the animal is thought to be an orphan and is not injured, it is best to leave the animal in a safe area - away from cats, dogs and automobiles - to allow the parents to return and care for it.

Before bringing an animal in, please call us to find out if we can care for it. We will admit most wildlife except venomous reptiles. Adult deer, large carnivores and animals that can carry the rabies virus (including raccoons, foxes, coyotes, skunks and bats) are only admitted under special circumstances.