Q: I've found a litter of abandoned kittens/puppies. Can I bring them to you?
A: Absolutely not! BTN is only licensed for wildlife. We cannot take in domestic animals. You must contact your local humane society. The only exception to this rule is in the case of a disaster such as a hurricane. In the days following such a disaster we are a designated receiving site of domestic animals. These animals will be transported to the humane society for holding as soon as possible.
Q: I've found an orphaned baby raccoon. Can I keep it as a pet?
A: No! Not only is it against the law in Florida for you to keep a raccoon (or any wild animal without being licensed), it is extremely dangerous for you and your family. Even as a baby, raccoons can be carriers of rabies, as well as a large number of other zoonotic diseases, including raccoon roundworm, communicable to humans. If you or any member of your family is scratched or bitten, that animal is required to be euthanized and tested for rabies. (This is the law within the state of Florida. Call your local humane society to find out what the laws are in your state.)
Q: I have a possum that visits my backyard every night. What can I do to get rid of it?
A: Actually, opossums (commonly known as "possums") are a very good animal to have in your neighborhood. They kill snakes, even poisonous ones without harm to themselves; they are immune to the venom. As a general rule, opossums are not aggressive animals, unless cornered. If given an avenue of escape, they would much rather get away from you. Another interesting opossum fact is that they can be carriers of numerous zoonotic diseases (such as rabies), but rarely show symptoms of the disease.
If the opossum has become a nuisance, first try to identify things in your yard that might be attracting them, such as food bowls for your outdoor pets. Remove the item(s) and see what happens. If the opossum still comes around, contact your local animal services department or an animal removal company to have the animal relocated.
Q: I've found an injured wild animal. Can you come and pick it up?
A: Unfortunately, BTN does not presently have the resources to be able to go out and pick up injured wildlife. If you can safely transport the animal without putting your safety at risk, place it in a carrier or a box, and bring it to us; we'll be happy to care for it. Otherwise, call your local animal services department and give them the location of the injured animal.
WARNING: Injured wild animals will be extra aggressive, as they feel they are fighting for their life and don't understand that you are trying to help. BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY!
Q: Does BTN ever sell their animals?
A: NO! BTN discourages people from seeking out wild animals as pets. While it may be lawful in some places with the proper licensing, we feel it is not only endangering the public, but the animal as well. Don't kid yourself into thinking that you can tame the wild spirit or instinct in a wild animal. It won't happen. As a matter of fact, chances are you'll get hurt trying. There are so many homeless cats and dogs out there that are euthanized every day in every state, why not give one of them a loving home? They will be eternally grateful to you for your kindness.