RSPCA Central, West & North East London

24-hour cruelty and advice line: 0300 1234 999

Advice: Healthy stray animals/wildlife

For all stray small and exotic pet species , please contact us for advice.

For wildlife, especially birds, it is important not to move baby animals from where you find them unless you are certain the mother is no longer able to protect them (for instance, if you know she has been killed) or their location puts them in danger.

Many people think that they are helping by taking in young animals but the mother is often around, waiting for you to leave before helping her young. This particularly applies to fledglings. Please ask for advice before you touch them, on the cruelty line 0300 1234 999.

The exception is baby pigeons who are kept by the mother on ledges or balconies far from the ground. If the baby pigeon falls from the ledge, the mother will not come for her chick. Please then phone 0300 1234 999 for advice on how to ensure the pigeon’s safety and get it help from a member of the Inspectorate.