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 Animal rescue

According to the Nature Conservation and Animal Welfare Acts, every effort must be made in order to help a wild animal which is sick, injured or otherwise in a helpless state. Sometimes the only way to help a severely injured animal is to end its suffering.

The animal rescue team of the Helsinki City Rescue Department helps animals that are sick, injured or in distress in the area of the City of Helsinki. Any such cases should be reported to the Situation centre of Helsinki City Rescue Department, tel. (09) 310 30150. 

The animal rescue team is equipped with suitable tools for animal rescue. The equipment is intended for use in operations involving an injured animal and equivalent rescue missions. 

Injured wild animals are taken in Helsinki to the wild animal shelter at the Helsinki Zoo, whereas domestic animals are transported to the Viikki animal shelter, and injured domestic animals to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Helsinki.

If you are unsure whether an animal is in need of help, please refer to the links below for more information:

Sick, injured or dead wild animals:
City of Helsinki Environment Centre

Instructions: injured and dead animals:
Finland's Environmental Administration (in Finnish) 

Wild animal shelter:
Helsinki Zoo

A stray animal refers to a pet whose owners are unknown. Stray animals may be taken to an animal shelter. For more information, visit www.loytoelaintalo.fi (in Finnish). 

Injured stray animals should be taken to the University of Helsinki’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. For more information, visit www.vetmed.helsinki.fi/english/vth/index.html.


  City of Helsinki, Registry, Rescue Department, P.O. Box 10, FI-00099 City of Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 9 310 1651 (exchange), Fax. +358 9 310 30029 E-mail: helsinginpelastuslaitos@hel.fi

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