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, 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 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 are in Markham, Aurora, or Richmond Hill, please contact the OSPCA. They are contracted to provide wildlife rehabilitation for your municipality. You can reach them at (905) 898-7122.

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, call our Wildlife Hotline at 416-631-0662 and leave us a message. We are open from 9am-6pm, seven days a week (yes, even on 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.