Preserving and protecting native wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and education at Humane Indiana's 29-acre Wildlife Center.

our newest facility: Humane Indiana Wildlife (Formerly Moraine Ridge Wildlife rehabilitation center)

Founded in 1997 by wildlife enthusiasts and rehabilitation experts, Humane Indiana Wildlife in Valparaiso, IN, admits injured or orphaned animals and cares for them until they are ready to be returned to their natural habitat. Last year, Humane Indiana Wildlife admitted more than 1,700 animals and released 867! 

In addition to rehabilitation and care, Humane Indiana Wildlife provides learning opportunities at our new education center and in the community. For more information please contact Humane Indiana Wildlife director, Steve Lakatos at (219) 299-8027 or email

I’ve encountered an injured or orphaned wild animal. What should I do? +

  • Stay calm and call us immediately at (219) 299-8027. Wear gloves or use a towel if you must handle the animal.
  • Remember, the animal is just as scared of you as you are of it.
  • Do NOT corner the animal in a confined space. Keep all pets and children away from the animal.

I found a baby animal. What is the next step? +

  • Search for the den or nest. Hollow logs and trees make great nesting sites for many mammals.
  • If the parent is still around, leave the area and watch from a distance to see if the parent will retrieve the baby.
  • If the parents have not returned, call before removing the animal. Species such as deer and rabbits generally don’t need to be rescued because the parents are watching from a distance.

I found a baby bird. How should I proceed? +

  • Search for the nest. Nests can be located in trees, flower pots, or in a bush. Place the baby back in the nest.
  • If the bird has most of its feather, let it be. It is a fledgling and is learning to fly. It may take up to five days for the fledgling to leave the ground.
  • Bring in all domestic pets and watch from a distance to see if the mother is still feeding.
  • Call if it appears to be injured, and before removing the animal.

I found an injured animal. What do I do? +

  • Attempt to contain the animal in a secure box, kennel or tote with plenty of ventilation.
  • Transport to our center immediately.
  • If after hours place the animal in a dark, quiet, warm location and transport to our center in the morning.
  • If a rescue is needed with such species as adult raccoons or raptors, call us immediately to coordinate a rescue.