Our primary goal is to connect people who have found injured or orphaned wild animals with those who can look after them and get them back into the wilds. Through a network of rehabilitators (government word for people who help wild animals) and wildlife centres across Ontario we try to save as may wild animals as possible.
The first 24 to 48 hours after a wild animal is found is the most critical. They usually have been without food or water for a while and are confused and afraid. Connecting with a wildlife professional quickly can save their life. Use this site to locate a wildlife centre in your area or a centre that specializes in a particular species.
The second goal of Ontario Wildlife Rescue is to help raise money for wildlife centres across Ontario. Rehabilitation and wildlife centre’s are not government funded in Ontario. They are completely dependent on donations and the public support. The smaller centres in particular do not have fundraising systems and spend most of their time and resources looking after animals. For them, even a few dollars can make all the difference. Click on the donate button to help wildlife centres.
New cases of raccoon strain rabies have been confirmed in the Hamilton area. These are the first cases in Ontario since 2005.
The Ontario government is working closely with local public health units and municipal governments, as well as animal shelters, licensed wildlife trappers, wildlife custodians and animal control services, to manage rabies in wildlife.
In response to confirmed cases of rabies, as well as part of planned operations, the Ontario government distributes baits for foxes, raccoons and skunks to eat. The bait contains a small package filled with a rabies vaccine that is absorbed through the lining of the mouth. This is called oral rabies vaccination.
In December 2015, rabies vaccine baiting took place in response to the positive raccoon rabies cases in the Hamilton area.
Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre in Peterborough was given a $30,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.The Turtle Trauma Centre cares for over 450 injured turtles and 1,000 eggs per year. The centre receives no public money and is completely dependent on donations. Because of their success in rescuing injured turtles, the centre was running out of money. An article appeared in the Toronto Star about the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre plight and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation came to their rescue.