ACMP Wildlife Rescue

ACMP Wildlife Rescue

It’s well known that the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains is passionate about top-notch medicine and care for our clients’ pets. However, you may not be aware of our extensive wildlife rescue work. In 2017 alone, we treated 424 local wildlife patients. This number has been steadily increasing each year.

Here is a brief snapshot of our wildlife work:


What kind of animals do we treat?

At ACMP, we treat an extremely broad range of wildlife species. In fact, if there is a type of animal that lives in or migrates through New Jersey, there is a good chance that we have seen it at some point! Our most common patients include orphaned animals such as squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, and birds of all types (including waterfowl). Some examples of birds treated are songbirds, seagulls, turkeys, geese, ducks, swans, turkey vultures, and hawks.

Snapping turtle

Due to the rabies risk, we do not treat adult raccoons. We often see turtles with cracked shells, as well. Other animals treated just this year include snakes, bats, a fox, chipmunks, groundhogs, fawns, mice, skunks, and porcupines.

What we do?

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Our goal is to perform short term medical and/or surgical treatment as indicated, then transfer our patients to a wildlife rehabilitator for longer term care as needed. The ultimate goal

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Why do we 

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do this?

The motivation for our wildlife work is compassion for the

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animals and people in our community. We care deeply about the well-being of animals of all types. Furthermore, we care about people. Most veterinarians do not treat wildlife, and people are often distressed if they come upon injured or orphaned wildlife and have nowhere to take it. We are privileged to accept these patients. The animal control officers from most of the nearby towns bring us their wildlife, as well.

X rays help determine the extent of an injury so appropriate medical intervention can be made.

Animal Clinic of Morris Plains does not receive payment for wildlife treatment; we donate our time and resources for the sake of the people and animals in our community. Caring for such a wide range of wildlife species also allows our staff to continue to learn and grown professionally.

How can you help?

Animal Clinic Wildlife Rescue

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Rehabilitation Partners

We partner with NJ licensed wildlife rehabilitators, including Antler Ridge, Raptor Trust, Turtle Rescue of NJ, and Avian Wildlife Center.

Licensed NJ Wildlife Rehabilitators

Further Resources

If you are unsure whether to intervene with wildlife, please contact a state licensed rehabilitator or our hospital.

It is important to be aware that it is illegal to possess wildlife in NJ without a permit. If you have determined that a wild animal requires medical attention, contact your local animal control officer or transport the animal directly to the appropriate facility. Do not attempt to transport potentially dangerous species or species that commonly carry rabies (raccoons, bats, skunks, groundhogs, or foxes).

Stay away from any wild animal that appears to be aggressive.

Please refer to the resources below for more information regarding how and when to intervene with wildlife.