Yorkshire Hedgehogs

I have found a hedgehog... what do I do? Who can I phone?

For a list of rescues, scroll down.

If you find a hedgehog out in daytime* or a sick or injured one at any time of day or night this is what to do:

  1. Pick it up straight away using a piece of clothing which can be washed later, or gloves.
  2. Put it in a high sided box.
  3. Put it somewhere warm, especially if the weather is cold. This means next to a radiator or with a heat pad it can get off if it wants to. If you don't have a heat pad, fill a water drinks bottle with hot water and cover the bottle with a towel.
  4. Offer the hedgehog water, and some meat flavoured cat or dog food if you are keeping it overnight (not dog biscuits). Do not give cow's milk.

Hoglets: Do not be tempted to try to raise hoglets yourself. Do not give them cat food unless they have teeth.

Hedgehogs and especially Hoglets need keeping warm and getting to a rescue or vet as fast as possible. Speed can save lives.

A hedgehog found out in daylight at any time of year* whatever its size usually needs immediate help, so please phone or message your nearest rescue (list below) or a vet if you can't get a reply from a rescue. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY (unless it is very late at night), and even then, if the hedgehog is injured or very sick, please seek help from an emergency vet. A video or Whatsapp can help a rescue decide if it needs to come in straight away.

* except big healthy looking hogs out in the morning/evening in high summer, moving with purpose and quickly

Autumn Juveniles

If you find a small hedgehog at night from November to March weighing less than 550g (which will fit on one hand if you pick it up), it will be too small to survive the winter without help. Please pick it up with gloves or a towel and if the hedgehog is unhurt, please put it in a box with some cat/dog food and water and ripped up newspaper to hide in, keep the box in a warm room and phone one of the rescues either immediately or (if you find it at night and it appears bright and alert) the next morning.

Supporting Hedgehogs in your Garden

For information on Hedgehog friendly gardening, guides to supporting and encouraging hedgehogs, please see Little Silver Hedgehog Information pages.

Rescues in Yorkshire area - Place markers for guidance and do not show actual location of rescue - for Emergency vets please scroll down.

Some of these have public phone numbers and some are contactable only via their facebook page. All of these rescues are voluntary and nobody gets paid. Most are very small and can only take two or three hedgehogs at a time.

We cannot guarantee a space for your sick hog. If the rescues cannot take your hedgehog, you must take it to a Vet or the RSPCA.

  1. Castleford Hedgehog Rescue
    Castleford - 24hr Rescue
    Facebook
  2. HERBY
    Eldwick Bingley DB16
    Phone 0778 731 4590
    Facebook
  3. Holderness Hedgehog Hospital
    Milsdown Kennels and Cattery, Burton Pidsea, Hull HU12 9AA
    Phone 07563 917914
    Facebook and website
  4. Lucky Hedgehog Rescue
    Grimston HU11 4QE - 24 Hour Rescue
    E-mail Lucky Hedgehog Rescue
    Phone 01964 529313 and 07590 756833
    Facebook and website
  5. Prickly Edge
    Methley
    Phone 07768 692687
    Facebook
  6. Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary
    Broomfields farm Whitby YO22 4NW - Takes all wildlife
    Phone 07342 173724
    WhitbyWildlife
  7. Halifax Hedgehogs
    Halifax
    LOCAL AREA ONLY
    Contact by Facebook Messenger please
    Facebook
  8. Happy Hedgehogs
    Old Coach House
    Longside, Ramsgill HG3 5RH
    Phone 07506 186567
    Facebook
  9. Pricklington Palace
    Howden
    Phone 07756 657992
    Facebook
  10. Swan and Wildlife Rescue Hospital
    Barlow nr Selby - Now takes hedgehogs as well as birds and other wildlife.
    Phone 07763 424892
    YSRH.ORG.UK
  11. The Hedgehoggery
    Shipley
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  12. Watermeadows Hedgehog Rescue
    Penistone
    Phone 07449 921824
    Facebook
  13. East Yorkshire Wildlife Rehab
    Covering York to Bridlington - Takes all wildlife
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  14. Garforth Hedgehogs
    Garforth
    Contact via Facebook
    Facebook
  15. For the Love of Hedgehogs
    Rotherham
    Phone 07733 055678
    Facebook
  16. Hedgehog Meadows
    Cridling Stubbs nr Darrington
    TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Facebook
  17. Hedgehogs at Holme
    Holme on Spalding Moor
    Phone 0777 8445854
    Facebook
  18. Hoggies Respite
    Hull
    Phone 07568 464846
    Facebook and HoggiesRespite
  19. Ren's Rescue
    Wildlife rescue
    Keyingham, Hull Phone 07477 461481
    Facebook and RensRescue
  20. Little Silver Hedgehog
    York
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  21. Pickering Hedgehog Rescue
    Pickering
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  22. Urchins Hedgehog Care
    York
    Facebook
  23. Willow Hedgehog Rescue
    Thorpe Willoughby
    Phone 07521 150329
    Facebook
  24. Hedgehog Cottage Rescue
    nr Pocklington/York
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  25. Chapel Allerton Hedgehog Rescue
    Leeds
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  26. RSPCA - York
    York branch Landing Ln, York YO26 4RH - noted as good with hedgehogs
    Phone 01904 654949
    RSPCA
  27. Pontefract - HedgeHugs Care and Release
    Currently closed.
    NA
    Facebook
  28. Bridlington - RSPCA
    Branch has dedicated hedgehog rescuer
    07712 478436
  29. Raskelf - Scatterpenny Hedgehog Rescue
    Part time rescue
    07895 962659
  30. 7th Heaven Hedgehog Rescue
    Retford, Nottinghamshire
    Open 24 hours
    07842 066318 and 01777 701794
    Facebook
  31. HedgieHog Hotel - Keighley
    Keighley near Haworth
    07773 490721
    Facebook
  32. Prickly Pigs Hedgehog Rescue
    Otley
    Open 9am to 9pm
    Only postcodes LS20 and LS21
    07434 626832
    Facebook
    Website
  33. Bradbury Bird and Wildlife Rehabilitation
    Primarily birds but can take some hedgehogs
    01482 880830, 01778 6349619, 07879 177335
    Facebook
  34. Wath Hedgehog Rescue and Rehabilitation
    Wath upon Dearne
    FB message only.
    Facebook
  35. The Hog Hostel - Doncaster
    Part time rescue
    Will take from postcodes DN1 to DN12
    07561 066723
  36. Stillingfleet Hedgehog Rescue - Selby
    Maximum of 2 hedgehogs at a time
    Will take in from areas Stillingfleet, Escrick, Naburn, Riccall, Cawood, Kelfield
    Phone for fastest response 07935 799058
    Facebook
  37. Wolds Hedgehog Rescue - Driffield
    East Yorkshire - 24hr rescue
    Phone 07722 483845
    E-mail Wolds Hedgehog Rescue
    Facebook
  38. The Hedgehog Shed - Lofthouse,
    Wakefield
    Phone 07936 866751
    Facebook
  39. Shelley Hedgehogs - Huddersfield
    Phone 07849 104602
    Facebook
  40. Market Weighton Hedgehogs
    First Aid Only - not a rescue
    Market Weighton
    Phone 07565 135186
    Facebook
  41. NOTE: Currently CLOSED Hog House Rescue - Cookridge
    07528 230031
    Facebook

You can also phone the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801. Out of office hours they have an answerphone which gives you the phone numbers of carers who will answer your call round the clock and give advice and be able to put you in contact with hedgehog rehabilitators in your area.

Emergency vets

We are not recommending these vets for hedgehogs during the day.

If you have a hedgehog in pain or severely injured, these vets can PTS/euthanise/put down a hedgehog which is suffering, out of hours.

Hogs with big injuries often don't make a noise. Some will scream or quack like a duck.

In Leeds, there are two OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCY VETS FOR INJURED HEDGEHOGS BETWEEN 8PM AND 8AM and two vets with extended hours:

    LEEDS
  1. Holly House Veterinary Hospital
    ** 24 Hours - North Leeds - Holly House Veterinary Hospital, Moortown
    Phone 0113 2369030
    Website
  2. Chantry Vets
    ** Extended hours inc Sat/Sun - South Leeds - Chantry Vets in Alverthorpe
    Phone 01924 362464
    Website
  3. Beechwood Vets
    ** Extended hours inc Sat/Sun - East Leeds - Beechwood Vets in Crossgates
    Phone 0113 2645422
    Website
  4. Abbey House Veterinary Hospital
    ** 24 Hours - South Leeds - Abbey House Veterinary Hospital, Morley
    Phone 0113 2525818
    Website

  5. BRADFORD
  6. Airedale Vets
    ** Extended hours - Keighley - Airedale Vets
    Phone 01274 978289
    Website

  7. HUDDERSFIELD
  8. Donaldsons Vets
    ** 24 hour vet - Huddersfield - Donaldsons Vets, 131 Somerset Rd, Huddersfield HD5 8HN
    Phone 01484 421512
    Website

  9. SOUTH YORKS
  10. Barnsley Vets4Pets
    ** 24 hour vet in Barnsley Vets4Pets 161 Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JQ
    Phone 01226 289000
    Website

  11. YORK
  12. York Minster vets
    ** 24 hours York Minster Vets Salisbury road
    Phone 01904 643997
    Website

  13. EAST YORK
  14. Wicstun Veterinary Group
    ** 24 hours Market Weighton Branch 46 Southgate, Market Weighton, YO43 3BQ
    Phone 01430 873219
    Website

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