Savage Hart expanded operations to Columbus, Georgia in early 2019. From spearheading local butterfly conservation research to rescuing and rehabilitating hundreds of wild animals annually, we believe that all creatures, both large and small, are worth saving.
Founded in 2015, Savage Hart works to protect wild animals and their natural environments, and wildlife rehabilitation, the practice of treating sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals before returning them to the wild, lies at the heart of what we do. As the only state-licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility in Columbus, a bustling city with a blend of urban and natural environments, we have our work cut out for us: where humans and wildlife meet, conflict inevitably arises.
Our team of wildlife specialists field calls from concerned citizens year-round, responding to reports of victimized wildlife, educating the public on human-wildlife conflict resolution strategies, and providing emergency medical services for animals in need of professional care.
Savage Hart is permitted to accept Georgia native small mammals (rabbits, opossums, squirrels, etc) and reptiles (turtles) for rehabilitation. Other animals may be accepted on a case-by-case basis for triage and transport.
We do not have a federal USFWS permit to rehabilitate birds, and by law can have birds in our possession for only 24 hrs before they must be transferred to a licensed rehabilitator or re-nested. Our partnership with the Southeastern Raptor Center allows us to field calls concerning raptors; if orphaned raptors cannot be re-nested, or if we receive injured raptors, we always transfer them to SERC.
Our goal is to educate the public about Georgia native wild animal’s natural behavior and offer solutions to peacefully coexist with wildlife. We strive to become the hub for wildlife rehabilitation in the Chattahoochee Valley by expanding our rehab facilities, securing permits for a broader range of species, and promoting organizational awareness by community engagement.
We are available 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. to help provide assistance. Please call or text the wildlife hotline at (888) 444 – 1810. If it is after hours, please leave a message and we will return your call ASAP.
To help Georgia’s native wildlife, please donate today.