Houston SPCA's hot tips for helping wildlife during this scorching summer
Texas is suffering from scorching temperatures already, and our native wildlife is just as uncomfortable as we are.
The difference is that they typically can't retreat inside to some air conditioning, so it's up to us humans to make things more comfortable for them.
The Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas is treating more emaciated wild animals for dehydration as they are struggling to find water. The Center has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of ill, injured, or orphaned animals from this time last year.
Among the impacted animals coming into the Center to receive fluid therapy for rehydration last Friday included a loon, woodpecker, yellow-crowned night- heron, and a mockingbird. The animals will be released once they have been rehabilitated.
While the experts treat these distressed wildlife, here are some small things you can do to help:
- At least once a day, remove dirt and debris from birdbaths and fill with fresh, clean water.
- Put out extra birdseed or suet in your yard.
- Check under trees in your neighborhood for wildlife that may have fallen. If it’s safe to do so, place them in a box with soft rags and get them to the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas Center as soon as possible.
- Never attempt to feed or give water to any distressed wildlife, as they may have other serious injuries.
- If it’s after business hours, place them in a quiet environment, away from regular household noise and pets until you can get them to the Center.
For complete guidelines on helping distressed wild animals, please visit this webpage or call the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas at 713-861-9453.