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.
What you are witnessing may be perfectly normal behaviour. Learn how to tell if an animal requires assistance.
Weakness or unconsciousness
Vomiting or diarrhea
Discharge from the ears, eyes or nose
Large patches of missing/damaged feathers, fur or shell
Foreign objects stuck to or wrapped around the body
A deceased parent or siblings nearby
Cat attack - even without visible or obvious wounds
Broken, injured or missing limbs – hindered movement
Fly eggs or maggots
Non-stop shivering or crying
Wild animals, even when immature or incapacitated, can be dangerous when scared or stressed, trying to defend themselves or escape.
Observe the situation from a safe distance and take pictures. Do not take unnecessary risks when attempting to help a wild animal; human safety must always come first.
Never touch a wild animal with your bare hands.
Wildlife Capture Guide
ALWAYS use caution with wild animals, especially Rabies Vector Species such as skunk, fox, raccoon and coyotes.
Do not take unnecessary risks!
If you are unsure please wait until you speak with an Authorized Wildlife Custodian before attempting any rescue.
Prepare a container. A plastic tub, laundry basket or cardboard box can be suitable provided there is adequate security AND ventilation
DO NOT offer the animal anything to eat or drink!
Always wear gloves to protect yourself and the animal.
Cover the animal’s head with a towel or sheet*.
This will help calm the animal and make handling them easier.
Gently place the animal in the prepared container.
Scoop them up with the blanket or use a shovel, cardboard or plastic lid.
Secure the container to ensure the animal cannot escape. Make sure they can breath. Remove the blanket or towel to prevent suffocation or entanglement.
Record your exact location GPS coordinates or closest intersection.
Animals must be released back the rescue site.
Wash your hands thoroughly.
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*Porcupines have over 30,000 barbed quills covering most of their body. While they can’t ‘shoot them’ they will get caught on towels and blankets and it is quite painful when they are pulled out. Never use linens, towels or blankets with an injured porcupine.
Birds of Prey like Owls, Hawks or Falcons have very sharp talons and powerful legs and feet that act as their main weapons and defence. Some may drop on their backs in order to stick their feet in the air when threatened. Be very cautious to avoid the feet and ideally use thick leather gloves.
Water Birds like Herons, Loons and Grebes have very sharp and dexterous beaks used for spearing fish, amphibians and small mammals. They will use their beaks to defend themselves and often aim for the eyes. Wear protective glasses or goggles and secure the beak and head promptly.
While You Wait
A dark, quiet place
A heat source
Baby animals are not capable of thermoregulation and require an external heat source to stay warm without their mothers. There are a few options for a safe heat source:
Why shouldn’t I feed it or give it water?
Why can’t I help it myself?
If you have found a dead wild animal there are a few steps you can take to ensure it is handled and reported properly, depending on the species. For more information, please visit;
Report window strikes and fatalities to FLAP Canada