Thank you for calling CWR for help with a bird.  We are the only rescue that accepts all kinds of birds within a 2 to 3 hour radius of Charlotte.   We receive several hundred calls a day and generally have a back up of birds needing transporting.  Our transport network is an all-volunteer group. We can never guarantee we can get a bird picked up or how long it will take.  As I am writing this there are almost 50 birds on the list just waiting for a ride. Some will die waiting. 

What can you do in the meantime.  

Contain the bird, in a shoe box (don’t forget the air holes) or other similar container and place it in a warm dark area away from human traffic and pets.  

DO NOT give the bird food or water.  Water given by well-meaning humans kills more birds than cats or other predators combined.  Do not drop fluids of any kind into the birds mouth. The wrong food can also kill a baby and stop its ability to digest foods.  Songbirds are fragile and need expert care to survive. 

If you really want the bird to live, drive it to us or find a way to get it here.   In the past we have had people ask family members, friends or other people they know to drive it.  We do not turn any birds away that are brought to us. We can only do as much as we have resources for, so unfortunately, birds do die when there is no transport.  Too busy to drive?  Use Uber! Uber will deliver birds to the rescue and is relatively inexpensive.  Pack the birds in a box, download the app and your small friend will be on its way to a happy life!  Tell them to go to 5403 Poplin Rd. Indian Trail, NC 28079.

If you’d like to help volunteer!   We always need transporters and we have jobs you can do from home like answering the phone etc.  If you are interested in volunteering you can email

If youd like to see us have more resources in the future you can donate.  With donations we can do anything. You can start now by helping out with this and future birds by making a contribution. or paypal

Due to volume, we are unable to give updates or return the birds to the finders.  We like to place them in a safe location with other birds of their kind. They form new friends and family bonds while in rehab and its stressful for them to be separated from their new friends/family members.