If we are full there will be a message on our voicemail number.
Please read the information below on what to do next.
Below is a list of other local rescue centres in the West Midlands that treat hedgehogs:
You may need to call several rescue centres as spaces can change on a day to day basis.
During the Summer many hedgehog rescues are full like us and unable to take more admissions. Sadly some vets know little about hedgehog care and do not have the facilities to admit and treat them. You can of course take the hedgehog to a vet and they have a duty of care to at least examine the hog free of charge. Please if you find a sick or injured hedgehog DO NOT try and care for it yourself as they require specialist care. Act quickly to save its precious life. Hedgehogs are dying out in this country and every life saved is helping to conserve the hedgehog population. As well as the attached list one place that will admit the hedgehog is The Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury. It is an excellent facility that we would highly recommend when we are full. They are experts in the treatment of hedgehogs and care for hundreds each year. They are open 24/7 and can accept hedgehog admissions at any time day or night. We know this is outside our area but we can guarantee that any hedgehog will receive first class treatment.
The address is Station Road, Beckford, near Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 7AN (Approx 40 minutes drive away from our rescue in Four Oaks – direct motorway access. Tel: 01386 882288 Please call them first for advice and guidance they are open 24 hours. By the time you have rung around several rescues trying to find a place you might as well take it to the Vale!!
The Vale Wildlife Hospital
Tel: 01386 882288 (Open 24 hours)
Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue – Four Oaks
West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue (Great Wyrley)
Contact Joan Lockley on 01922 419532 or 07837 409533
Wythall Animal Sanctuary (B38 0DU)
Contact 01564 823288
Hollytrees Kennels and Wildlife Centre (B47 5DH)
Contact 01564 823244
Willows Hedgehog Rescue (Bromsgrove)
Contact Charlie or Jayne on 07518 354408
Out of hours vet contacts in North Birmingham
Pool House Veterinary Hospital (Lichfield)
Open 24 hours on 01543 262464
Northside Veterinary Centre
Out of hours availability (6.30pm to 8.00am and weekends)
Contact 0121 360 6010
Updated September 2017
Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue (07889 770958) covers the North Birmingham area (Sutton Coldfield, Streetly, Great Barr, Erdington, Kingstanding)
If you are outside our area please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 to find a hedgehog rescue in your area.
If you find a sick or injured hedgehog in the Sutton Coldfield (North Birmingham) area please contact us and follow the emergency care guidelines.
In the winter while you are trying to find a hedgehog rescue it is essential that the hedgehog is kept in a quiet and safe place, preferably indoors where the temperature is above 5 degrees Celsius as many hogs found in the winter are very cold and very hungry.
DO NOT TRY AND CARE FOR THE HEDGEHOG YOURSELF AS THEY ARE COMPLEX CREATURES AND CAN APPEAR WELL WHEN THEY ARE VERY ILL AND LIKELY TO DIE WITHOUT TREATMENT
- There are occasions when Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue is full and unable to take any more new admissions. We are a very small rescue with a maximum capacity of 35 hedgehogs. We have limited space and resources and if we take too many hedgehogs we won’t be able to give each one the care it needs. Claire runs the rescue from a purpose built shed with everything needed to care for the hedgehogs, and she does so alongside her day to day activities. If you call us and don’t get an answer immediately please leave a message and Claire will aim to get back to you within a couple of hours.
- If the hedgehog is injured and requires immediate care then take it immediately to your local vet. You will not be charged as vets have an obligation to treat wildlife for free
- If you see a small hedgehog that looks underweight during the winter months it will need to be taken into a rescue to gain weight otherwise it will not survive.
- Hedgehogs seen out at night, despite the weather being cold, are not necessarily in need of any intervention. Only those hogs that are very small or clearly unwell or injured, need rescuing. Hedgehogs that weigh 550 grams or above have enough body fat to survive hibernation and should be left alone.