Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Wildlife Health Center and Zoologic Medicine Consulting

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.
  • 131 Swanson Drive, Ithaca NY 14853
  • 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 New York State native wild 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. Call us for detailed instruction. If the animal is thought to be an orphan and is not injured, it is best to leave this 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 New York State native wildlife. Our facilities cannot accomodate hospitalization of free ranging adult white tail deer. Cornell University Hospital for Animals policy precludes admission of rabies vector species.