Wildlife Rehabilitation

Sick or injured wild animals should receive care from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabilitators are trained to provide care for wild animals. They are licensed to do so by provincial and/or federal governments.

Help for sick or injured wild animals within the GTA

If you have found a sick or injured ADULT animal, 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!).

If the animal you’ve found is a BABY, please click here for more information. We may not be able to respond to calls about some species from certain areas.

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, call 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 (877) 979-PAWS.

Help for sick or injured wild animals outside the GTA

There may be another wildlife rehabilitator closer to you. Check the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s complete listings. 

If you cannot find or connect with a 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 hotline at (416) 631-0662 and leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible. Our hours are 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week (yes, even on most holidays!).

If the animal you’ve found is a BABY, please click here for more information. We may not be able to respond to calls about some species from certain areas.

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 care for the animal yourself – it needs medical attention that you don’t have the means to provide. Keep it in a cardboard box in a dark, quiet, place, and don’t give it any food or water until you’ve spoken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Further temporary care instructions can be found here.