I get it; as an animal lover, I always dreamed of taking home the adorable chipmunk or rabbit who crossed my path on my way home. This was especially true if I encountered injured wildlife. But, what I always remember is that these animals, no matter how helpless they seem, belong to the wild. That is why according to AnimalBliss.com there are many reasons to think twice before bringing one home as a pet.
Check local laws
In many cases, certain animals are illegal to own as a pet or need special permits. These laws are in place for the safety of the animal as well as for your own well-being. There may be certain regulations that inhibit your ability to care for the animal. For instance, you may need proper outdoor space for them or you cannot be located within a populated city. Check with your state regulations before even considering bringing an animal in your home.
Consider their natural habitat
Mimicking the environment of any undomesticated animal will never be as good as the real thing. Unlike domesticated animals like dogs, cats, and even farm animals, wildlife is used to wide-open, outdoor space. Shrinking their environment, no matter how comfortable it may seem, is very challenging to the animal and can cause severe stress.
Natural behaviors are interrupted
If you research the animal first, you will begin to understand their natural seasonal habits. For example, groundhogs hibernate from November to March. They also have special teeth to find and gnaw their food. If not given the opportunity to use their basic instincts, they can chew on your furniture or develop health anomalies.
Safety and treatment of diseases
First, wild animals can carry diseases that can harm you like rabies and parasites. These aliments can also be difficult and expensive to treat. Second, if you do not live in a rural area, then finding a veterinarian for treatment may also be difficult, and specialized, out-of-the-way care may be needed.
So, no matter how tempting it can be to bring a wild animal into your home, your intentions may be pure, but the result may not be once you consider the responsibilities and challenges. Consider contacting a wildlife rescue authority if an animal is injured, so they can get treated properly and be released back to their home.