Community Spotlight: Austin Wildlife Rescue

The Austin Wildlife Rescue takes in and cares for thousands of injured or abandoned wild animals each year, rehabilitating them so they can be returned to their natural habitats.

The Austin WIldlife Rescue (AWR) works with professionals and everyday people who want to help sick or injured animals get the treatment they need.

The organization also helps educate people about how to co-exist with the animal populations in their area.


If You Find an Injured Animal

One of the first things the Austin Wildlife Rescue recommends is not attempting to take in any abandoned or injured animals—either mammals or birds. This is referred to as kidnapping the animal. Instead, AWR asks people to call their hotline at 512-472-9453, seven days a week.

AWR can answer questions people might have about an animal they have encountered. They will also walk you through the process of transporting wildlife to them.


Let’s Co-Exist!

There are animals people encounter regularly in their daily lives, such as birds, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, and deer. The Austin Wildlife Rescue has information about what to do if animals are moving into (or under) your home, if birds are flying into your windows, or if deer and rabbits are eating your garden. That way, we can all co-exist in peace and harmony.

They’re ready to answer in-depth questions and classic questions as, “Should you return a baby bird to a nest?” During the spring and early summer, AWR sees a large growth in the number of animals it needs to care for. This is due in part to the life cycle of the creatures, as many squirrels, rabbits, foxes, and other animals are giving birth at this time.

AWR can answer questions about encountering all kinds of baby animals and asks people to call them for advice. They also try to reduce or mitigate the problems people are having with wild animals.


Educational Programs at Austin Wildlife Rescue

The Austin Wildlife Rescue believes that education is the most important element of its mission and has a variety of programs designed to educate people about native Texas wildlife like the Texas tortoise. AWR will go out to area schools or meet with community groups, as it seeks to teach people how to live with and around local wildlife. It also seeks help from the community in providing its services.


Working With Others

The Austin Wildlife Rescue works with many local rehabilitators who have been trained to respond to an animal in trouble. It trains people to work the hotline and answer questions regarding animals. AWR supports wildlife rehabilitators, who might treat a sick or injured animal and return it to its natural habitat. 


Get Involved with the Austin Wildlife Rescue!

Austin Wildlife Rescue depends on your support to do the work they do, and one way to support them is to shop at their online store. See the website for t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, note cards, travel mugs, and more. AWR receives a portion of every sale. Gift cards are also available. 

Whether you’re looking to lend a helping hand or get a bit of advice, give the Austin Wildlife Rescue a call or find them on Facebook for more information.