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Rescuing Domestic Ducks and Geese within 30 minutes of Lebanon, CT

Majestic volunteers only participate in rescues in our sanctuary's immediate vicinity (usually within a half hour of Lebanon, CT).

We sometimes know of rescuers in other areas and may be able to direct you their way.

In either case, you will need to be there, onsite, to help--so be prepared to roll up your sleeves!

Please Note :

We are NOT licensed to handle any wild waterfowl including Mallard ducks, Canada geese and Swans (among others). If you need assistance with wild waterfowl, please contact your local veterinarians for the names of certified wildlife rehabbers in your area.

You can can also click here: Wild Rescue Links or here: CT Wildlife Rehabbers for help.

Click here for a Wildlife Rehabilitator State-By-State Listing. THEN... Click on "Emergency." Then on "Find Rehabilitator." Complete the form for a listing of certified rehabbers near you.  Please remember to donate to them for helping!

Familiar Faces

Ducks are cautious animals that like routine and familiar surroundings. New people or change makes them distrustful and they will flee to water quickly. Over time, ducks or geese can become familiar and trusting of people that feed them. This means that, if you find an animal that is friendly and will approach you, that animal needs YOUR hands-on help more than they need ours. When strangers show up, the duck or goose will rarely come in close enough for catching.

Local Rescue Procedures

1. Determine if the duck or goose is a domestic or wild breed (Mallard, Canada Goose, Swan). In general, wild breeds fly and domestic breeds do not. Domestic breeds will flap and get some loft but cannot fly great distances high in the air. If the bird is wild, there is probably nothing you can do unless the bird is injured or in distress. For wild ducks and geese, you will need to locate a local wildlife rescuer. If the bird is a domestic breed, please read on.

2. Confirm that the duck or goose truly is abandoned. If there are houses nearby, visit the owners and make sure the duck or goose is not their pet. If the bird has an owner, we can not help without the owner's written permission. They will need to sign Majestic's Owner Surrender Form, which we will provide. If they refuse and there is an issue regarding humane treatment, please contact your local animal control officer for assistance.       

We cannot remove pets without owner's written consent!

3. If the duck or goose is on private property, written permission from the land owner must be acquired before we can intervene.

4. Please contact us first to see if space is available and if we are able to bring the bird into our sanctuary prior to attempting to rescue a duck or goose. It does not help to capture a duck or goose and then have no place to bring the animal. In fact, it can be harmful, because if you have to let the animal go, it will be much harder to catch a second time. Ducks and geese have very good memories and may not trust you again once you've already caught and released them.

5. Prime hours to begin a rescue are 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., when the birds are most actively foraging and hungry. When we do participate in waterfowl rescues locally, we can’t always arrange rescues on weekends; sometimes, they have to be done during the week. When we advise you of the date and time we're available to assist you, we will need you to be flexible and reliable. It is imperative that you are at the site to greet us when we arrive. Only you know which animal it is that needs help and exactly where they're located, and only you have the trust of the bird.

6. If you are able to capture the rescued bird on your own (we love that!), please understand that we will need you to deliver the animal to us.

7. We will ask that you make a donation when the duck or goose is brought to the Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary.

8. Most importantly, if you email us for help with an abandoned duck or goose, please answer our response. Nearly 80% of all the people we respond to who send desperate “HELP URGENTLY NEEDED" emails never reply back to us when we offer our assistance. We are caring people who worry about ducks and geese in danger. It is very upsetting to hear that an animal is in distress; and even more upsetting to offer help and then not hear back from the person sending the email. Please don’t leave us hanging. When you send us a message requesting urgent assistance and we rush to respond to you, please respond back, even if it is to say that you are no longer in need of assistance.

Rescue Form

***Please note:  A duck or goose who needs rescuing is a bird that is NOT yet in your custody. Any waterfowl already in your care, no matter the circumstance, are considered an Owner Surrender and require an entirely different form.

Remember! :

We are NOT licensed to handle any wild waterfowl including Mallard ducks, Canada geese or Swans (among others). If you need assistance with wild waterfowl please SCROLL UP for helpful resource links!


Your Contact Information:

How did you hear about us?  

Your Name:  

Your Email Address:  
If you don't hear back from us within 24 hours, you either gave us an invalid email address  and we were unable to respond to you, OR your spam block is on, in which case our response is probably in your "Junk Email" bin.

Your Town or City:               

Your State:          

Your telephone number*:            

Time Zone: PT   ET   CT

Best time to call: Morning Afternoon Evening
Although we're asking for your telephone info, due to time constraints, we rarely make phone calls unless extremely necessary. We usually make exception for policemen, firemen, veterinarians or Animal Control Officers. Please expect email correspondence in most situations.

Important Rescue Information:

Type of Bird(s):     

If Ducks, what Gender(s):        
We need to know, so please
Click Here to learn how to tell the difference.

Please describe the birds in as much detail as possible including breed (if known), quantity, size, color of plumage, age, physical injuries, personality, etc.

Location of Birds: City or Town:      


Type of Rescue Needed: Land   Water   Not sure

Can you be available to help rescue?

Yes    No    Not sure

Are the ducks/geese owned by anyone?

Yes    No    Not sure

Are the ducks/geese on private property?

Yes    No    Not sure

Are the ducks/geese on town or state property?

Yes    No    Not sure


If you have the capability of sending a digital photo of the duck or goose:

After submitting this Rescue Form to us, please email us a clear, sharp and bright photo of the duck or goose that needs our help. Please do not send us links to view photo albums. Rescue requests that include digital photos are placed higher on our waiting list than those that come without.

In the body of the email containing the photo(s) please include your full name.

Will you be emailing us photos of the birds in question? 

Yes    No 

If so, when can we expect to receive them?    

Please describe what you have done so far to try to rescue or help these birds:

Please list the persons and/or organizations you have already contacted for help and what they have done/are willing to do to help:

Please describe what you are willing to do to rescue or help these birds:

Please tell us anything else that will help us evaluate the situation, especially details about the area where they are located (pond/brook size, proximity to road, any rescuing obstacles we will need to know about, do you have property owner or park official's permission to come in, etc):

We cannot remove any owned animals without owner's written consent!

--Thank you for contacting us, and please remember that rescuing & caring for abandoned ducks and geese is a costly endeavor. Donations are graciously accepted.


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