Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Forever Wild or animal rescue and adoption? Check out these FAQs.

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I want to help, but I have no experience with sanctuary animals. How can I learn?

Every volunteer is cross-trained for specific tasks under the supervision of the Sanctuary Director. Much of this training is one-on-one. Volunteers also constantly share new information and experiences with each other. Learn more about volunteering now.

I do love birds, but really don't think I can volunteer my time right now. What else can I do to support the Sanctuary?

Your monetary donation of any amount helps us a great deal! We are also looking for materials and supplies. View our Donate section for more details.

What are the major differences between domestic and wild creatures

Wild creatures are defined as those living in nature without human control or care – and not tamed or domesticated. There are a number of laws (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as one example), as well as state and federal regulatory agencies that provide oversight for wildlife. Domestic creatures are best defined as birds, mammals, or reptiles that live and breed in a tame environment, and generally kept as pets or to produce food. Wildlife laws do not apply to domesticated species.

Does Forever Wild accept wildlife?

The short answer is no. We are not licensed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to accept, house, or rehabilitate wildlife. If you have an issue with wildlife, please contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson at (520) 388-4446 or (520) 628-5376. Or call the Tucson Wildlife Hotline at (520) 903-1104. Our Sanctuary does accept “wildlife” that are sick, injured, or orphaned, however — if it is a pigeon, starling or English sparrow. These classes of birds are not regulated or protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We will happily accept them, treat them, and, when appropriate, release them back into their natural habitat.

What do I do about ducks in my swimming pool?

There’s a very good chance that these ducks are migratory and governed by state and federal wildlife laws. Wild ducks, and particularly mallards, tend to nest around a swimming pool area. When the ducklings hatch, mom and her brood naturally head towards the swimming pool water. The pool chemicals are not safe for the birds, while ducks defecating in pool water creates bacteria unsafe for humans. Removal of both mom and her babies should be the goal – keeping them together if at all possible. Contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson at (520) 388-4446 or (520) 628-5376. Or call the Tucson Wildlife Hotline at (520) 903-1104. Please view our pages on wildlife emergencies for professional trapping assistance.

For additional information, please contact us.