Injured Wildlife

As a volunteer powered charitable organization,

we do not have the means or resources for pick ups or field rescues.

We must rely on finders bringing animals in need of care to our facility.

Please do not bring animals to the centre without first confirming an intake time with a wildlife volunteer.

KWC is NOT authorized for Rabies Vector Species

For assistance with a Raccoon, Skunk, Fox or Bat, please contact the closest wildlife centre to you, authorized to accept RVS.

Will I get side effects from the flu vaccine?


All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child. Serious side effects of the flu vaccine are very rare, and flu vaccines have a good safety record. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected. The nasal spray flu vaccine has few side effects, most commonly getting a runny nose after the vaccination for a few days.




Will the vaccine stop me getting flu, how effective is it?


Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu and becoming seriously ill with it. It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free. But if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been. Typically, effectiveness of flu vaccine is in the range of 30-60 per cent.




Doesn’t the vaccine give you flu and make you feel poorly?


No. The flu vaccination does not give you flu. Some people may have mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected but this is not flu. It may be that you have caught a flu-like virus that's not really flu, or you may have caught flu before your flu vaccination had taken effect. That’s usually about 10 to 14 days after vaccination.




I’m pregnant - is it safe for me and baby to have the flu vaccine? Can I have the vaccine if I am breastfeeding?


Yes, it is safe. Studies have shown that it's safe to have the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their 2 babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives. It's also safe for women who are breastfeeding to have the vaccine.b.




Can children have the flu vaccine?


Yes and children are offered the vaccine as nasal spray so it is pain free and very quick. It is free for all children with a health condition up to 18 years old, those aged 2 and 3 years old and all primary school and secondary school children up to year 11.




Is flu really that serious for children? Is it worth having the vaccine?


It can be a serious illness that leads to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, and painful ear infection in children. But flu also spreads easily so by vaccinating children you are also stopping the spread to your families and the wider community. Not only that but it could mean more time off school for children and after the last 18 months that is important for them too.




Can I have the still have the COVID-19 vaccine, if I have a flu vaccine?


Yes. Protecting yourself against both is really important. It is perfectly safe to have flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. Public Health England advises that there are no safety concerns and that the flu vaccine can be given at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine. This including the nasal flu vaccine that children receive. It is standard practice for different vaccines to be given at the same time as each other. This happens frequently with routine childhood vaccinations in the UK and other countries as well as with adult vaccination.




What’s the COVID-19 booster?


The COVID-19 booster programme is the rollout of an additional dose of the vaccine to people who have previously received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to ensure continued protection for those most at risk from the virus. The booster is given six months after the second dose.




Why is the COVID-19 booster programme needed?


We want to provide people that are most likely to become seriously ill from COVID- 19 and those who care for them with the best possible protection for this winter. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has reviewed available data and provided advice that COVID-19 boosters are first offered to the most vulnerable in order to provide maximum protection during the winter months. 3 We would also encourage people that are eligible for a flu vaccination to also get their COVID-19 booster at the same time, if it is offered.




Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine?


Currently, you can book your COVID-19 booster online if it's been three months since you had your 2nd dose and you are: • Aged 40-49 • aged 50 and over • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19. The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months after completion of the first course of vaccination.




Will I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as my flu vaccine?


You might be offered both at the same time. If you are not, wait for your COVID-19 vaccination invitation, and book as soon as you get it. It’s safe to have both vaccines at the same time.




Does the flu vaccine protect you against COVID-19?


No. Having a flu jab will not protect you against COVID-19. The flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections from influenza viruses. COVID-19 is a different virus. It’s never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t already, please take up the offer - it will offer you the best protection against the virus. You can find out more by visiting www.nhs.uk




Is the flu vaccine free?


Yes, the vaccine is free to people who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. You can get a free flu vaccine is if you are - aged 50 and over - pregnant - a carer - you have certain medical conditions, and this applies to anyone from the age of 6 months Children aged 2-3 years, all primary aged school children, and young people at secondary school up to year 11 can also get the free vaccine. If you are not in these groups you can choose to have the vaccination but you have to pay for it, and this service is usually provided by your local pharmacy.





Turtles
For information about Ontario’s 8 native turtle species and how to help them, visit the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.
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Racing Pigeons
Although Rock Pigeons are quite successful and prolific in many parts of North America, they are not a native species and are actually all descendants of domesticated racing or utility birds. Most Pigeons are ferrel with no owners, but if you have spotted a pigeon in distress with a band on its leg, you will need to contact the owner using the band number. Please visit the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union for more information.
Black Bears
Prevent and report encounters and learn who to contact.
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Canids
For information on Ontarios native canines (fox, coyote, wolf), the threats the face from increased urbanization, and support with cummunity coexitence, please visit Coyote Watch Canada.

Respect the cycle

Native wild species of predators and prey are integral parts of the food chain and we must never confuse compassion with interference. We must never attempt to interfere with the natural course of events or impede a hunt in the name of a rescue.

 

Get them help immediately

Time is critical with any injury or illness; delays in treatment can complicate injuries and lessen the likelihood of recovery. Bird bones start healing after just a few days, untreated pain and inflammation can lead to permanent damage. Wild animals are more robust than many domesticated species and can suffer with life threatening conditions for days or even weeks without assistance or intervention. Authorized Wildlife Custodians are equipped and skilled to help elevate and prevent prolonged suffering.

 

Find an Authorized Wildlife Custodian Near You

For species KWC is not authorized or equipped to accept (RVS), please contact the closest facility near you for guidance.