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    Default Found a squirrel hit by a car

    I saw something moving in the street by my house and it was a young female, she had been hit by a car last night or early morning because the blood on her nose was dry.. her left eye stays open and her right eye blinks.. she pulls herself by her front feet and her backlegs arent working.. I wraped her in a towel and shes sleeping.. I dont know what internal injuries she might have so im praying to the good lord he takes her or heals her.. since squirrels arent endangered out here in calif vets wont treat them and the animal control will just put them down if she cant survive on her own.

    so its up old fashioned remedies or just let nature take its course.. if anyone can give advice please do. anything for shock. I dont want her freaking out and biting because she cant see out of her left eye.

    I dont know if she can even swallow or how much brain fuction she has. I do know that the brain swells in something like that and it just has to go down. So I hope I can help this little one.. I see to many squirrels dead or just hit on the road here in the valley and it sickens me so i pray to god to take the soul and make him hole when they are dead on the road.

    Michelle

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    Hi Michelle,
    Sounds like you got a seriously injured squirrel on you hands. God bless you for taking the time to help her.
    Warm, dark, and quiet are the first needs to be addressed until you find a rehaber in you area.
    Keep her in a small container or box so she won't thrash around. Place a heating pad half under the container, be sure there is plenty of ventilation so she won't get too hot.
    If you don't have a heating pad, fill a sock with dry uncooked rice and tie a knot in the end of the sock. Microwave for 1 min and see if it's warm not hot to the touch...re warm as necessary. Wrap the "rice buddy" in a old T-shirt and let her snuggle up to it.

    Cover the cage or container so it's dark, let her relax.
    Keep the area quiet...no TV, music or people traffic. Let her rest.
    I'll look for a rehaber in you area....what county are you in?
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    I'm a squirrel watcher, I'm a squirrel watcher, watching squirrels go by, my my my!

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    Sorry I am having satilitte problems...PC cutting in and out...
    Can someone post a list of CA rehabers.....Thank you .
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    Sure...start with this and I will be right back.
    http://www.ccwr.org/resources/carehab.htm

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    Not sure which region we are dealing with here...
    Here is the website for the following information:

    http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/rehab/facilities.html

    Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities


    Click to view a map of the California DFG regions.

    Region 1
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    Shasta Redding Haven Wild Care 530-227-6727 Fawns
    Shasta Anderson Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation 530-365-9453 All
    Humboldt Arcata Humboldt Wildlife Care Center 707-822-8839 or
    707-768-3092 or
    707-442-1420 All
    Tehama Cottonwood Tehama Wild Care 530-347-1687
    Siskiyou Fort Jones Wildlife Rescue Center 530-468-5287
    Trinity Lewiston Trinity Wildlife Survival Center 530-778-3393 All
    Lassen Westwood Pamela Kay Yeates 530-256-2744 birds, small mammals
    Region 2
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    Placer Auburn Gold Country Wildlife Rescue 530-885-0862 All
    Butte Chico Bidwell Rehab Center 530-343-9004
    Yolo Davis California Raptor Center 530-752-6091 raptors
    Placer Homewood Wildlife Shelter Inc. 530-525-9453 owls
    Nevada Penn Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release 530-432-5522
    El Dorado Placerville California Native Bat Conservancy 530-642-2731
    El Dorado Placerville Sierra Wildlife Rescue 530-621-4661 All
    Placer Roseville CA Foundation For Birds of Prey 916-773-6049 raptors
    Sacramento Sacramento Wildlife Care Association Inc. 916-965-9453 All
    Placer Roseville Born to be Wild 916-784-0485 raccoons
    Sacramento Sacramento Urban Wildlife Rescue 916-689-5527 small mammals, songbirds
    Amador Jackson Tri-County Wildlife Care 209-547-3233 All
    El Dorado S. Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care 530-577-2273 All, bear cubs
    Yolo Davis NorCal Bats 530-902-1918 Bats
    Sacramento Sacramento Flying Mammal Rescue 916-838-7002 Bats
    Region 3
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    Alameda Castro Valley Bay Area Turtle & Tortoises 510-886-2946 turtles & tortoises
    Lake Clearlake Clearlake Wildlife Rescue 707-350-3337
    Sonoma Guerneville California Bat conservation fund 415-869-9716 bats only
    Sonoma Kenwood Wildlife Fawn Rescue 707-291-8151 fawns
    Alameda Hayward Sulphur Creek Nature Center 510-881-6747 All
    San Benito Hollister Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehab Center 831-628-3400
    Mendocino Mendocino Woodlands Wildlife 707-937-1564
    Lake Middletown Spirit Wild 707-928-6665
    Santa Clara Morgan Hill Wildlife Education & Rehab Center 408-779-9372
    Monterey Monterey S.P.C.A of Monterey County 831-373-2631 ext. 227
    Napa Napa Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa Co. Inc. 707-224-4295 corvids, canids
    Alameda Newark Ohlone Humane Center 510-797-9449
    Santa Clara Palo Alto Wildlife Rescue Inc. 650-494-7417
    San Francisco San Francisco Rescued Orphan Mammal Program 415-221-3498
    Santa Clara San Jose Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley 408-929-9453
    Santa Clara San Jose Injured & Orphaned Wildlife 408-559-7379
    San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Pacific Wildlife Care 805-543-9453
    Alameda San Mateo Peninsula Humane Society / SPCA 650-340-7022
    EXT. 314 or 340 All
    Marin San Rafael Wild Care 415-456-7283 All
    Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue 831-462-0726
    Sonoma Santa Rosa Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue 707-992-0274
    Sonoma Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center 707-523-2473
    Sonoma Santa Rosa Wildlife Center for Disease & Toxin Investigation 707-575-1000 All
    Solano Suisun Suisun Marsh Natural History Association 707-429-4295
    Solano Suisun International Bird Rescue Research Center 707-207-0380
    Contra Costa Walnut Creek Lindsay Wildlife Museum 925-935-1978 all, except skunks
    Mendocino Willits Willits Wildlife Rehabilitation Team 707-354-1875 all, except fawns
    Contra Costa Oakland Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife 510-421-9897
    Monterey Moss Landing Wild Rescue (transportation and wildlife information only) 866-WILD-911
    Region 4
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    Kern Bakersfield California Living Museum 661-872-2256
    Kern Bakersfield Facility for Animal Care and Treatment 661-664-3167
    Kern Tehachapi Tehachapi Wildlife Rehab & Education 661-822-8993
    Fresno Clovis Fresno Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation 559-298-3276 All
    Stanislaus Hughson Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center 209-883-9414
    Merced Merced San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center 209-723-9283 raptors
    Kern Ridgecrest VCA Crestwood Animal Hospital 760-446-7616
    Kern Riverkern Kern Valley Wildlife Rescue 760-376-4827
    Tuolumne Sonora Rose Wolf Wildlife Rehabilitation Center 209-532-6056 raptors, squirrels, rabbits, fawns
    Fresno Squaw Valley Critter Creek Wildlife Station 559-338-2415,
    559-582-0919,
    559-925-1072 All
    Region 5
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    Orange Bellflower Opossum Society of the US 562-804-3038 opossums only
    Ventura Camarillo Camarillo Wildlife Rescue 805-482-7617 All
    San Diego Chula Vista Hummingbird Rescue Center 619-420-5156 Hummingbirds only
    Orange Fountain Valley Songbird Care and Education Center 714-964-0666 songbirds
    Orange Huntington Wetlands & Wildlife 714-374-5587 All
    Orange Laguna Niguel Pacific Wildlife Project 949-831-1178 or
    949-440-6247
    Orange Lake Forest Orange County Bird of Prey Center 949-837-0786
    San Diego Lakeside Sky Hunters (Raptors only) 619-445-6565 raptors
    Los Angeles Littlerock David Stives 661-944-3458
    Los Angeles Long Beach All Wildlife Rescue & Education 562-434-0141 All
    Los Angeles Los Angeles Animal Advocates 323-651-1336
    Los Angeles Malibu California Wildlife Center 818-222-2658 All
    Orange County Mission Viejo Critter Care of Orange County 949-380-8719
    Ventura Oakview Ojai Valley Wildlife Rehab 805-649-1208
    Ventura Oakview Ojai Raptor Center 805-667-4727
    Ventura Ojai Wildlife Rescue of Ojai 805-649-5442
    Orange Orange Susan Doggett (birds only) 714-637-8355 raptors, corvids
    Orange Orange Andrea Ristig 714-998-2780 juvenile raccoons only
    Los Angeles Palos Verdes South Bay Wildlife Rehab 310-378-9921
    Los Angeles Pasadena Pasadena Humane Society 626-792-7151
    San Diego Poway Bat Rescue 858-679-0211 Bats only
    San Diego Ramona Fund For Animals 760-789-2324 bobcats, coyotes, skunks, raptors
    San Diego San Diego Project Wildlife 619-225-9202 All
    San Diego San Diego Wildlife Assist (transportation) 619-522-9999
    Los Angeles San Dimas Trudy & Jim Vrieling 909-599-4893 raccoons, furbearers
    Los Angeles San Dimas Wild Wings of California 909-592-4900 songbirds & raptors only
    Santa Barbara Santa Barbara La Cumbre Canyon Wildlife Care 805-687-9980 raccoons, opossums, skunks
    Los Angeles Malibu Coast & Canyon Wildlife 310-480-1760 squirrels, opossums, skunks and small mammals
    Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network 805-966-9005
    Los Angeles San Pedro International Bird Rescue & Research Center 310-514-2573
    Ventura County Simi Valley Wildlife Care of Ventura County 805-581-3911 coyote, bobcats, raccoons, opossums
    Los Angeles Sunland Wildlife on Wheels 818-951-3656
    Ventura Thousand Oaks Sharron Baird 805-498-8653 squirrels & small mammals
    Los Angeles Topanga Wildworks 310-455-0550
    Ventura Ventura Vicki Youmans 805-746-3962 Squirrels
    Los Angeles Woodland Hills Valley Wildlife Care Center 818-346-8247
    Los Angeles Thousand Oaks Cathy Case 805-374-9027
    Santa Barbara Santa Ynez Animal Rescue Team 805-896-1859
    Region 6
    County City Name Phone Specializations
    San Bernardino Big Bear Lake Moonridge Zoo 909-584-1299 All
    Inyo Bishop Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care 760-872-1487
    Riverside Cherry Valley Stephanie McKiernan 951-769-0847
    San Bernardino Chino Hills All Gods Creatures 909-393-1590
    Riverside Corona Hope Wildlife 951-279-3232
    Riverside Idyllwild Robin Gates 951-659-9829
    Riverside Indio Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center 760-347-2647
    San Bernardino Lake Arrowhead Wildhaven 909-337-7389
    San Bernardino Mentone Penny Richsteiner 909-794-1871 songbirds, small mammals
    Riverside Murrieta Wind Canyon 909-677-6940 raptors, mammals, reptiles
    San Bernardino Oak Glen Kandie Cansler 909-790-1010 raptors
    Riverside Palm Desert The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 760-346-5694 All
    San Bernardino San Bernardino Joseph & Linda Chalk 887-8267 All, raptors
    San Bernardino Victorville Dawn Sylvester-Dunn 909-245-1694 bats
    San Bernardino Yucaipa Lenore Will 909-797-4569 raptors & adult birds
    San Bernardino Trona Flys Free 760-382-4490
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    Nancy and SS.....hoping for news about this poor baby.....
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    Pasadena has a fantastic Animal Shelter and they will take squirrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber
    Nancy and SS.....hoping for news about this poor baby.....
    Hi IS I did PM with my work and home phone and my email address.
    Hoping that she contacts me so we can get some help for this little one.
    Wonderful of her to pick up this little baby...hope he made it.
    I will post if I hear anything....

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    SEQUOIA 4 any news on how your little baby is doing? I am praying for her and you. Good luck

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    I've hear nothing, guess we can only hope for the best...

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    I know you are waiting for a update, its been a wait for me too. since sunday she has done nothing but sleep. Mon I saw her one eye open and I gave her some water with a syringe (no needle) to see if she could swallow.. I saw some tongue action but no jaw movement. I keep watching her breathing.. shes a lil fighter.

    Tue I noticed instead of her stretched out she was starting to sleep squirrel style with her tail wrapped around her. I was talking to her and I noticed her ear moved.. Im guessing the swelling is slowly going down so now her good side is starting to work. I went to pet her and she kinda jumped like "who r u" which excited me its the most movement she has done since i found her.

    I gave her some water and for the first time I saw her move her mouth when I dripped the water in her mouth. doesnt seem like her jaw is broken which is a good sign. she still has to use of her back legs and I think she now needs to get some nourishment in her so she can get stronger..

    Its 6:46am weds Morning.. shes sleeping squirrel style with her tail wraped around her.. today im thinking of making a watery gruel with walnuts, sunflower seeds almonds and some baby food fruit to feed her.. if anyone has a mixture plz let me know.

    I was thinking of taking her to the pound but they would have just put her down and I've been praying to the good lord to take her or was she given to me for a reason. We find animals for a reason. God knows our gifts.

    I also was given a one eyed cockateal who came from a aviary.. shes a biter but i will tame her down and she will become a good pet..

    Michelle

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    Hi Michele...you certainly did a good thing bringing this baby into your home. I believe that she needs more care than to just be watched. She may need steroids if their is swelling. I am at work now, please don't leave us. I plan on leaving here in a few minutes and will come on when I'm home. I'm sure in the meantime someone else will come on. Please stay with us so that we can help you through this...don't just wait and not get back on, we worry too...
    Hang in there and stay with us and we will help you through....

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    Thank you for update and saving her from a terrifying death!
    I would absolutely put a shallow dish of water, flat bottomed like a small crock pet dish, so she cannot tip it!
    I would offer some acorns, to see if she can chew, even if they are not mature.
    I woud offer her avacado and yogurt for immediate nourishment. If she does not seem interested due to her condition...you will need to syringe feed her for sure. We can give you a recipe or you can try Ensure as a fast pick up/perk up! Sqs love blueberries too, and they are soft and cold.

    Can you post a pic of her...it will help the rehabbers give you better info.
    Thanks for helping her!
    Nancy was posting at the same time! YES we want to help...and we will do all we can to help you help her!
    Please stay with us, we love sqs very much and want her to have comfort!

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    Dont worry im not leaving .. I was reading up on your nutrition area and getting a idea I will have to fix her a liquid mix thats easy to digest till she gets stronger now since she is slowly comming out of her trauma.

    by her size and tail, I think she was born this spring, her tail is thin and just a little feathery not full bushy like a adult.

    I was thinking the other night.. that she just came out of the nest.. maybe just getting her breakfast/dinner or still following her mom and wham.. gets me so mad how people dont care of they hit animals.

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    Yes nutrition is very important, she needs something to thrive.
    If we knew her age and her teeth etc, we coud help better. Do you have a camera phone? would love to have a pic to work with! Even if you have to borrow one, it would be great!
    Also heat will give comfort since we know she is in pain. A heating pad half under ontainer on low, or the rice buddy SS gave instructions for. Also a water bottle microwaved and wrapped in Tshirt will work.
    Do you have any other animals that may have some meds?
    Some may also be sq friendly and we can help with that too, if you give us a list of what you have on hand.
    I also would advise going to drug store and near the vitamins you can find RESCUE REmedy...in a small yellow box, about 8 dollars. This is an all natural herbal that can be applied in many fashions and does work.
    It will help keep her calm if she decides she doesn't want to be captive or gets frightened...it can be added to her drinking water, rubbed on ear or spritzed on her...a calming effect will follow...not dangerous.
    Do you think you can handle her without getting bit?
    Is she active at all?
    If she s sitting withtail over her head, are her feet underneath her?
    sorry so many questions...the rehabbers will need info and I am expediting that, thank you, bear with me.

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    The best thing for this squirrel would be veterinary help, which you could get by contacting a wildlife rehabber near you. Even then, it's very touch and go with a squirrel like this. She needs hydration, for example. If she is not taking much orally she will need sub-Q fluids, which a rehabber will do. She could need at least 50-60cc's of hydration per day which is very difficult to get into her without sub-Qing. Is there any possibility of getting her to someone who can do that?
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    Does anyone know of any rehabbers in Michigan that could help out with this one?
    Can you just tell us what section of Michigan you are in? If you don't want to give the town that's fine, just the general area will help....Thanks

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    I feel she will probably be put down. if she cant fend for herself. I have had bad luck with rehabs out here.. when I found a baby crow with a broken wing I called them. I was yelled at by a rehabber telling me its illegal to keep crows, that i can be fined ect. ect.. I told her I just found it and called you guys. then she told me it would be put down because of its wing injury.. she was very cold and heartless..

    there are many animals that live happly with there disabilities. they now have wheels for dogs that get hit by cars and cant walk anymore on there back feet.. blind animals, animals with 3 legs or 2. I feel you just dont give up on animals for there disablities because of there injury.. we dont put humans to sleep who get in car accidents and have to relearn to walk or have to use a wheelchair for the rest of there life..

    sry for being this way but i feel a lot of humans dont want to take that step further with animals. as ceasar says animals move on.. humans dont.. they can cope with a disablility a lot better then we can. ok i will get off my soap box now.

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    im in calif. someone posted a list.

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    ok how do i add pics.. its saying its a scripted website??

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