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Animal Advocates for Los Angeles area animal rescue

To learn how to rescue an injured wild animal...visit this Los Angeles website that rescues more than 1,000 small mammals each year. Your education is priceless...learn how to rescue, and when to leave resting babies in the wild.

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If you find ill, injured or orphaned wildlife

MAMMALS: If you find a baby mammal, it most likely is NOT orphaned. Mom wants her baby back. If the baby is warm and uninjured, leave it where you found it but keep it safe from other animals or humans. Watch from a distance for a couple of hours or until nightfall. If mom has not retrieved her baby, put it in an animal carrier, keep it warm, do not give it food or water, or treat it...and call us.

BIRDS: If you find a feathered baby bird, mom is probably around to care for it. If the baby is uninjured and hopping on the ground, it is a fledgling. They are supposed to be on the ground learning how to fly. Leave it alone but keep it safe from animals or humans. If it has no feathers, it's a nestling. Try to put it back into its nest if it is uninjured. If you can't reach the nest, make one out of an appropriately sized container (strawberry- or margarine-type for small birds) and wire it to the tree at least 8 feet up. Mom will continue to feed it.

If a mammal or bird is ill or injured, put it in a carrier, don't give it food or water and call us.


Animal Advocates is a non-profit animal rescue and education organization. We are located in the Los Angeles County area but serve most of California and some parts of the United States through our network of sister rescue organizations.

Animal Advocates works with local city and private animal shelters, schools, private groups and other rescue organizations to rescue and rehabilitate domestic and wild animals. We foster and re-home domestic animals in our homes. We also foster and release wild animals in association with licensed wildlife rehabilitators and vets.

Animal Advocates staff and volunteers educate the public about domestic animal issues such as spay/neuter, proper pet care, pet health and pet guardian etiquette. We also educate about wild animal issues such as living in harmony with nature, what to do if you find an orphaned wild animal and how to keep wild animals healthy and happy.

Animal Advocates is fully licensed to rehabilitate small mammals for the California Department of Fish & Game. Small mammals includes bobcats, raccoons, skunks, opossums, chipmunks, ground/tree/flying squirrels, rats, mice, moles, voles, gophers... We also have a permit for educational exhibit wildlife. We may exhibit wildlife to the public. We follow all CADFG rules and regulations.

Animal Advocates has an LA City Wildlife permit. Our facility is legally zoned for wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation. We also have a USDA exhibitors permit, CADFG trapping permit and euthanasia certification. We offer CADFG accredited classes in small mammal rehabilitation. We have free online manuals for rehabbers only in small mammal rehabilitation. We never advocate wildlife as pets. It is also illegal to have wildlife as pets in California. We give information on long term care for legal unreleasable animals only.

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the city of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator.

Mary was instrumental in changing Los Angeles County laws to allow certified rescue operations across the county. Call her if you would like to volunteer. Animal Advocates receives many more requests to rescue animals than the network can handle. Mary's organization will train volunteers to transport injured animals, as well as help them set up a rescue operation in homes.

If you'd like to help with a donation, that is also vital. Baby formula and veterinary bills for the rescued babies are the major portion of these volunteers' budgets. Your ongoing support truly helps keep our community wildlife healthier and more abundant.

Mail your tax-deductible contributions to:

Animal Advocates
359 N. Sweetzer Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90048.