Found an injured animal? The South Florida Wildlife Center saves 12,000 lives annually (video story included)

When you have injured dogs or cats, you simply take them to the vet. But what happens when you find an injured duck, squirrel or another wild animal? The South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale is the only place in the area that will help an injured native or non-native animal. The panic of finding a hurt baby bird or raccoon can be stressful when you don’t know how to help. This center works off donations to help every animal in need. 

Dr. Renata Schneider is the vet at the wildlife center and has been working with animals for many years. This is my life. It’s my passion, it’s what I do. I think it’s amazing that we have such an extraordinary facility here in South Florida,” Schneider said. The center sees about 12,000 animals a year and examines at least 30 to 40 patients per day. 

Muscovy ducks, for instance, are commonly seen around South Florida. They commonly contract a disease called botulism that sometimes paralyzes them. The center is the only place that treats them for free before releasing them back into the wild. Volunteers help out with the rehabilitation of the animals.

An ambulance is always available to pick up any injured wild animal that is found. For more information, visit the center’s website.


Born in Kenya, Sayona came to Florida when she was 5 years old. Her major is broadcast media, and she hopes to become an anchor one day.