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.
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.
Wild for Life is a newly registered not for profit charity (2011) that has been operating as the Grant/Gagne Wildlife Centre. The facility is licensed by the governing body the Ministry of Natural Resources. The operation is positioned to continue the high quality of care, rehabilitation and release as demonstrated at the current facility for the last 13 years. Our expertise is in the care of orphaned and injured raccoons; this year we will be mentored by pioneer Audrey Tournay in beaver rehabilitation. Our goal in this 2011/12 season is to increase intake by 50% more animals with increased financial and human resources.