How do wildlife rehabilitators receive their wild patients?

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During the spring and summer "busy season" it is not uncommon for a rehabilitator to receive numerous calls from a wide variety of people. The majority of our calls, come from the general public who find wild animals they believe to be in need of help. Other calls come from municipalities and government, veterinary hospitals, nature centers and zoos, police and dog control officers, town parks and recreation services, golf courses, pet stores and conservation clubs. Many calls require information only, and can be resolved merely by giving advice. Unfortunately however, about one third of the daily calls do result in the arrival of a new admission requiring help.