The Procyon Post: Volume 5, Issue 7, July 2023

Dear Angela P.,

We would like to wish you and your families a wonderful and safe holiday weekend as we celebrate our beautiful country, Canada.
For our July issue, we would like to thank our volunteers who have contributed articles for the Procyon Post. Debra Spilar explains the steps to take should you find a fawn in her article, Let's Talk Fawns; Jen Howard gives us the June Update on the animals in our care, Elizabeth Trickey provides an interesting article A Cure for Rabies? and the futile attempts people have made to find a cure during the centuries. Kylee Hinde writes about a unsual patient, a garter snake and the largest ever in our care.

Our centre is at record admission levels and we are still in urgent need of animal care volunteers and phone volunteers. If interested, please send in your application as soon as possible.

We also offer year-round internships for people considering a career in animal care. Please contact Linda Boag-Moores at info@procyonwildlife.com to learn more.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Procyon Wildlife
HELP is in YOUR hands...it's in ALL OUR HANDS!

Let’s Talk Fawns

Let’s Talk Fawns
by Debra Spilar

Reading Time: 3 minutes.

Procyon Wildlife have been receiving many phone calls regarding newborn fawns, therefore it is time to make a post.

Those who call ask what they should do for the fawn … Leave it alone, do not touch, move or attempt to feed it. Let me explain why.

Deer deliver their newborns in the strangest of places. Residents have found newborn deer on their lawn, in their garden, beside the house, etc. Even if she leaves them in a suburban area during quiet morning hours, returning later to find a busy neighbourhood full of people, pets, and vehicles, she will wait until the area is quiet and then move the baby to a better location during the night.

June Animal Updates

June Animal Updates
Update by Jen Howard, media contributions by Jen Howard, Kylee Hinde and Charmaine Leung

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Peter the fox

Peter was from Wasaga Beach and after a short stay with us has returned home. A beautiful release as always. Run free sweet fox.

https://youtu.be/eCS81rUcsyg

Video By Procyon volunteer Kylee Hinde.

A Cure For Rabies?

by Elizabeth Trickey

Reading Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds.

A cure for rabies?  Sadly, no, there is no cure for this terrible disease once symptoms appear. 

Thankfully, rabies is not a big problem here in Ontario. In the last 100 years, only 7 people have died, the last being in 1967. In years when the number of rabid animals begins to increase, the MNR is wisely proactive, dropping vaccine bait in both urban and wooded areas. These bait packs are developed to be consumed by three species (fox, raccoon, and skunk) that are the most probable carriers of rabies. This has proven to be an effective way to keep our wildlife healthy. Actually, in North America, bats account for 70% of human deaths from rabies, but you can imagine the difficulty in trying to vaccinate these fellas! Worldwide, 99% of deaths from this disease are from dogs infecting humans.

The first documented case of death from rabies was over 4000 years ago.  Since then, there has been much conjecture as how to treat someone.  Oh, there have been many bizarre “remedies”.  In the 1700s, a medical book recommended consuming a mixture of ground liverwort, pepper, and milk for four days, then to have a cold bath every second day for a month!  OK, that can’t hurt, but we know that will do nothing to cure rabies.

Garter snake receives care at Procyon

Garter snake receives care at Procyon
article and photos by Kylee Hinde

Reading Time: 1 minute.

We don’t typically get many reptiles at Procyon Wildlife though we are happy to treat our scaly and slimy patients! This very mature garter snake came in with a large open wound on the side of her body. Thought to be caused by either a lawn mower or an animal attack, she received a …

Interested in helping? We are in urgent need of Hotline Phone Handlers

Telephone Volunteers Needed!
THE HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Currently, our hotline is operated from 10 am to 5 pm, but we’d like to extend the hours of our hotline service.
ALL TRAINING IS PROVIDED AND YOU CAN WORK FROM HOME!

Innisfil’s Biggest Garage Sale

Innisfil’s Biggest Garage Sale
We are very grateful for the support from Ashley Newman and Jacquie Raaphorst. In 2021, they first organized Innisfil’s Biggest Garage Sale and we are delighted that they have chosen Procyon once again as the charity they will be supporting. Their goal is to raise $2500.00 for the centre! The Sale is now a TWO DAY EVENT and will be …

2nd Annual Rainbow Trail Run

2nd Annual Rainbow Trail Run
Thank you to Jodi and Norman, organizers from https://www.gottarunracing.com/ who have chosen Procyon Wildlife as the beneficiary of the Second Annual Rainbow Trail Run. The event will be held on Saturday, July 29 to Sunday July 30th at Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston, Ontario. If you would like to participate or sponsor one of the runners, please visit the following link: https://raceroster.com/events/2023/71600/rainbow-trail-run-2023

Want to Volunteer at Procyon Wildlife?

Our orphaned and injured baby wildlife needs your help.

NEW VOLUNTEERS APPLY HERE

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS APPLY HERE

URGENT: We are looking for animal care volunteers at Procyon wildlife for our morning (6 am to 11 am) and evening shifts (6 pm to 11 pm).
All mid-day shifts are currently spoken for.
During baby season wildlife babies need to be fed frequently during the day which is why our first shift goes from 6 am in the morning and our last shift ends at 11 pm at night).
Please volunteer today. Animal care is rewarding. Help is in your hands.

If you encounter a wild animal that you believe needs help, please call us first at 905.729.0033

If you encounter a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, please call first at 905-729-0033 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call ASAP and will complete the admitting form over the phone with you.

We currently do not have a rescue team to pick up animals that are injured or in distress. Unfortunately, we do not have the people and money needed to provide this service. Please contact your local animal control, or contact Ontario Wildlife Transport. The animal must already have been contained and arrangements made with us to receive the animal.

Also, please check our map to see if Procyon Wildlife falls within your geographical area. Currently, we admit animals within a 50-kilometer range of the center. Check the map here. If you are outside of the area, please check this list of Ontario wildlife rehabbers for the one closest to you.

Our telephone lines are operated from 10 am to 5 pm daily. If you are calling outside of business hours, please do not leave multiple messages. You will be called back the following morning.

You will be given a phone number to call upon your arrival with strict instructions to be followed.
Thank you for your understanding.

Procyon Wildlife

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Ready to purge your closets?
Our popular textile recycling program now runs year-round. For your convenience, two textile recycling bins are on-site at the entrance of our driveway. Help divert textiles from our landfill sites and raise funds for Procyon Wildlife!

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Our popular textile recycling program now runs year-round. For your convenience, a textile recycling bin is on-site at the entrance of our driveway. Help divert textiles from our landfill sites and raise funds for Procyon Wildlife!
Our Mission: Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Our goals are to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.
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