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