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. The unit has been in full-time operation since 2006, and is the only one of its kind in Finland. In 2008, there were a total of 786 animal rescue missions. Injured wild animals are taken 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:
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.