Help for other baby wildlife within the GTA
If you have found another species of baby wild animal within the GTA (including Toronto, York Region, Durham Region, and Halton Region), fill out our online Request for Assistance Form; using this form and uploading photos helps us assess your situation more quickly. Otherwise, call our Wildlife Hotline at 416-631-0662 and leave us a message. We will respond as soon as possible. Our hours are 9am-6pm, seven days a week (yes, even on most holidays!).
Some municipalities hold contracts with other wildlife service providers. If you’re a resident of these areas, please use the contact number listed below to request assistance before reaching out to us. If your wildlife situation is not resolved, contact our hotline and we will do our best to help you.
If you are in Markham or Richmond Hill, please contact the OSPCA at (905) 898-7122.
If you are in Aurora, Newmarket, or Georgina, please contact 1-877-979-PAWS.
Help for other baby wildlife outside of the GTA
There might be another wildlife rehabilitator closer to you who can help. Please check the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s complete listings.
If you cannot reach a wildlife rehabilitator closer to you, please fill out our online Request for Assistance Form; using this form and uploading photos helps us assess your situation more quickly. Otherwise, call our Wildlife Hotline at 416-631-0662 and leave us a message. Our hours are 9am-6pm, seven days a week (yes, even on most holidays!). Please note that during the spring and summer (when most babies are found) our hotline gets very busy. It may take longer to return calls from further afield.
If you cannot reach a wildlife rehabilitator right away
Keep trying. Wildlife rehabilitators are very busy, especially during the spring and summer. If you get an answering machine, leave a message and make it easy for them to reach you. Call around to others in the area. Be willing to arrange transportation for the animal once a rehabilitator is found. Remember that there is no government funding for wildlife rehabilitation in Ontario, and all rehabilitators are funded entirely by private donations.
You cannot keep the baby or care for it yourself – it needs specialized care that you don’t have the means to provide. Keep it in a cardboard box in a dark, quiet, place. Make sure it has a heat source, like a hot water bottle. Don’t give it any food or water until you’ve spoken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Further temporary care instructions can be found here.