Duck Emergency?

Emergency Resources
:::: Life or death emergencies: Contact an animal hospital, exotic pet veterinarian or ASPCA without delay. Best to err on the side of caution if you're not sure how serious the situation is, many wild and domestic animals mask symptoms as a defense mechanism.

:::: Poison Control Center hotline: 1-888-426-4435 - there may be a $45.00(USD) ASPCA service charge.

:::: Mobile Avian Surgical Services provides consultation as well as mobile medical and surgical procedures. See their flyer for contact information. NOTE: I've been told they will travel pretty far from their home base location, so please call them to find out.

:::: Find a shelter in your area (Worldwide). Shelters are a good link to finding the kind of help you need. Many shelters will pick up an injured or abandoned duck but most cannot successfully find permanent homes and will euthanize. Ask your shelter what their policy is in advance and seek other resources when appropriate.

:::: Veterinarians & Hospitals that treat ducks and have been recommended by Live Ducks fans.

*Live Ducks does not have first-hand experience with the vets or hospitals on the list unless otherwise noted. Use at your own risk.

Waterfowl Rescue
Rescue Organizations and Rehabbers help with wild and domestic duck problems.

Duck Rescue Network runs a duck adoption program and helps with placement. There are also rescuers listed by state and success stories.

The AAV Website veterinarian-search site assists individuals in locating a local veterinarian.

International Bird Rescue Research Center - Two Locations serving California:
1. San Francisco Oiled Wildlife Care & Education Center (SFBOCEC)
   4369 Cordelia Road
   Cordelia, CA 94534
   (707) 207-0380

2. Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care & Education Center (LAOBCEC)
   3601 South Gaffey Street
   San Pedro, CA 90731
   (310) 514-2573 -or- (310) 514-2574

Avian Web has veterinary resources for 46 states in the US and 7 countries. Please check ahead to be sure they treat ducks.

How to Locate a Wildlife Rehabber by the University of Minnesota.

Tri-state Bird Rescue & Research
110 Possum Hollow Rd Newark, DE  19711
(302) 737-9543

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
Waterfowl rehabilitation and rescue. Visit their website for location and rescue details. They offer ducks available for adoption, "Found an animal?" advice, waterfowl rescue and emergency services for ducks and geese.

Washington (Seattle Area)
Des Moines Vet Hospital
Dr. Conger & Dr Onorati)
(206) 878-4111
21935 Pacific Highway S.
Seattle, WA
"They are wonderful doctors & people....they look after all 4 of our birds" Doria McGahey

Western Pennsylvania
Domestic waterfowl & wildlife rehabilitation, and help for people who find injured or orphaned waterfowl in W. Pennsylvania.
(412) 802-6668

:::: Live Ducks cannot endorse any rehabilitation facility it has not seen firsthand. If you have any doubt that the facility is reputable, caring, clean and licensed, do not leave your pet with them, find someone else ::::


We're not always thinking straight when when we're stressed out and upset. Rehabbers are generally good, but they are human too, and not all places that claim to "help" are respectable.

See my checklist below for helpful hints when looking for a reputable rehab facility.

If you don't like a rehab facility for any reason, don't be afraid to say "NO THANK YOU, I'VE CHANGED MY MIND". Just walk away and find a better one. You don't owe anyone an explanation, you do however owe your duck a chance for a good life.

Use discretion, have common sense and your own instincts. If the people seem rude or thoughtless, have a no-visit policy, or if the place is filthy, smelly, bug-ridden, run down or messy, be smart and get your duck outta there and go somewhere else.

You are encouraged to go the extra mile and report abusers to authorities. Call your city hall to find out who to report animal cruelty or abuses to. Don't be afraid to make waves. You may very well be saving many more people unnecessary grief.

  • Check to see if the rehabber is licensed.
  • Ask what their policy is for visiting your duck.
  • Ask if they will try to find a permanent home for your duck.
  • Find out WHAT THEY NEED and bring a donation when you drop off the animal.
Don't forget to donate
Rehabbers typically need food, towels, bedding, money (cash is needed for gas to pick up ducks they rescue, medical supplies, equipment...), etc.

Most work hard on their own time out of the goodness of their heart to save your pets from being abandoned. Many do this work with little or no compensation. A donation of any kind is the least you can do in exchange for their kindness. Call ahead to see what they need most and pitch in.

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