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 the 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 in November, keep an eye on it and feed it up by setting up a Feeding Station in your garden. If it is under 550g later from December to March, 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
    Phone 0754 641 5693 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 0756 391 7914 Facebook and website

  4. Lucky Hedgehog Rescue
    Grimston HU11 4QE - 24 Hour Rescue
    Phone 0196 452 9313
    or 0759 075 6833 E-Mail Lucky Hedgehog Rescue
    Facebook and website

  5. Prickly Edge
    Phone 0776 869 2687 Facebook

  6. Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary
    Broomfields farm Whitby YO22 4NW - Takes all wildlife
    Phone 0734 217 3724 Facebook

  7. H.A.P.P.Y Hedgehog and Small Animal Rescue
    Old Coach HouseLongside, Ramsgill HG3 5RH
    Phone 0750 618 6567 Facebook

  8. Swan and Wildlife Rescue Hospital
    Barlow nr Selby - Now takes hedgehogs as well as birds and other wildlife.
    Phone 0776 342 4892 YSRH.ORG.UK

  9. The Hedgehoggery
    FB message only

  10. Watermeadows Hedgehog Rescue
    Phone 0744 992 1824 Facebook

  11. Garforth Hedgehogs
    Contact via Facebook

  12. For the Love of Hedgehogs
    Phone 0773 305 5678 Facebook

  13. Hedgehogs at Holme
    FB message only.
    Holme on Spalding Moor
    Phone 0777 844 5854 Facebook

  14. Keyingham - Ren's Rescue
    Wildlife rescue
    Keyingham, Hull
    Phone Pamela 0747 746 1481 Facebook

  15. Pickering Hedgehog Rescue
    FB message only.

  16. Urchins Hedgehog Care
    FB message only

  17. Willow Hedgehog Rescue
    Phone 0752 115 0329 Facebook

  18. Hedgehog Cottage Rescue
    nr Pocklington/York
    FB message only.

  19. RSPCA
    York branch Landing Ln, York YO26 4RH - noted as good with hedgehogs
    Phone 0190 465 4949 RSPCA

  20. Prickly Pigs Hedgehog Rescue
    Open 9am to 9pm
    Only postcodes LS20 and LS21
    Phone 0743 4626 832 Facebook and Website

  21. Wath Hedgehog Rescue and Rehabilitation
    FB message only.
    Wath upon Dearne

  22. Wolds Hedgehog Rescue - Driffield
    East Yorkshire
    Open 8am - 8pm
    Phone 0772 248 3845 E-Mail Wolds Hedgehog Rescue

  23. Shelley Hedgehogs
    Phone 0784 910 4602 Facebook

  24. Hedgehog Helpers
    Phone 0796 835 4125 Facebook

  25. Pepperfield Farm Hedgehog Rescue
    Dalton on Tees, DL2 2NS
    Phone 0784 902 6561 Facebook

  26. Market Weighton Hedgehogs
    First Aid Only - not a rescue

  27. Helping Haxby Hedgehogs
    Contact via: Facebook

  28. The Disappearing Hedgehog
    Contact via: Facebook
  29. Craven Wildlife Rescue
    Phone 0730 042 3080

  30. East Yorkshire Hedgehog Rescue
    Covers Driffield and Bridlington [see map for nearest town ]
    Open til 9pm.
    Phone 07717 552 624

  31. Hedgehog Rescue Redcar (1)
    Phone 0747 605 9805

  32. Hedgehog Rescue Redcar (2)
    Phone 0796 100 8582

  33. Marske Hedgehog Rescue
    Phone 0730 125 0611

  34. Smoggy Hog
    Phone 0787 134 5309

  35. Cleveland Rescue: Hartlepool 1
    0781 725 6777

  36. Cleveland Rescue: Hartlepool 2
    Phone 0774 348 0856

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:

  1. Holly House Veterinary Hospital
    ** 24 Hours - North Leeds - Holly House Veterinary Hospital, Moortown
    Phone 0113 236 9030 Website

  2. Chantry Vets
    ** Extended hours inc Sat/Sun - South Leeds - Chantry Vets in Alverthorpe
    Phone 0192 436 2464 Website

  3. Beechwood Vets
    ** Extended hours inc Sat/Sun - East Leeds - Beechwood Vets in Crossgates
    Phone 0113 264 5422 Website

  4. Abbey House Veterinary Hospital
    ** 24 Hours - South Leeds - Abbey House Veterinary Hospital, Morley
    Phone 0113 2525818 Website

  6. Airedale Vets
    ** Extended hours - Keighley - Airedale Vets
    Phone 0127 497 8289 Website

  8. Donaldsons Vets
    ** 24 hour vet - Huddersfield - Donaldsons Vets, 131 Somerset Rd, Huddersfield HD5 8HN
    Phone 0148 442 1512 Website

  10. Barnsley Vets4Pets
    ** 24 hour vet in Barnsley Vets4Pets 161 Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, S75 1JQ
    Phone 0122 628 9000 Website

  11. YORK
  12. York Minster Vets
    ** 24 hours York Minster Vets Salisbury road
    Phone 0190 464 3997 Website

  14. Wicstun Veterinary Group
    ** 24 hours Market Weighton Branch 46 Southgate, Market Weighton, YO43 3BQ
    Phone 0143 087 3219 Website

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