The Procyon Post: Volume 6, Issue 2, February 2024

Dear reader,

We hope that the first month of 2024 has been a good one for you and your families. This month we are offering several unique articles by our regular columnists, Jen Howard, Annette Bays and Elizabeth Trickey.

Jen Howard provides us updates on some remarkable new patients - Pizza the Brown Bat and Speedway the Shrew. Jen also talks about Canada's most iconic animal - the beaver.

Annette Bays brings to our attention a rare opportunity to prevent harm to animals, in her article which relates to the use of poisons to curb wild animal populations. She also writes about a visit she recently had from a playful otter.

Elizabeth Trickey writes a thought-provoking piece called Where Are All the Critters?

With the relatively mild winter we have been experiencing thus far, wildlife has been more visible with reports of animals mating sooner than they normally would.

In years past, our official baby season began on April 1st, but if the last few years have been any indication, we are expecting more wildlife babies to be born sooner than usual, which means that our season will officially begin on March 1st! That’s only four weeks away!

If interested in learning more about volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at

Procyon Wildlife

Animal Updates - January 2024

Article and Images by Jen Howard Read time: 3 minutes

This little girl is so very lucky. A woman found the opossum after her dog found her in their backyard. Opossums play dead if all else fails, and Regina did that well…

A Rare Opportunity to Prevent Harm to Animals

Article by Annette Bays, images Animal Alliance, Jen Howard Read Time: 3 minutes

As you probably know, here at Procyon, we are in the business of saving the lives of animals that come to us injured and orphaned. Well, right now we have a rare opportunity to preemptively save the lives of hundreds (possibly thousands) of wild animals in the future. If enough of us write a letter to our MP and the Minister of Health now we can save innocent animals from a slow and agonizing death by poison.

Winter Lifestyle of the River Otter

Winter Lifestyle of the River Otter
Article, images, and video by Annette Bays Read Time: 3 minutes
Some of you may have read the article called “Adorable Otters” in the June edition of this newsletter. In that account a family of 4 otters visited our pond in the spring. They fished and napped, enjoying the sun, and interacted delightfully with each other. This is an offshoot of that story, but this time there was only one otter. …

Engineers of the Wetlands

Engineers of the Wetlands
Article and images by Jen Howard Read time: 3 minutes

The beaver is Canada’s most iconic animal. Some symbolism suggests beavers represent the builders of mind, body, and soul, as well as creativity and harmony. They are cooperative and very persistent; always finishing what they start - if humans let them. And if we let them, they teach us the …

Where Are All the Critters?

Article by Elizabeth Trickey Read time: 3 minutes

Nature is both tough and fragile. Our Earth has been in existence for billions of years, with mammals flourishing for millions of those years. Over time, many species have become extinct, mostly due to five catastrophic natural events. Scientists say that 99% of species no longer exist! …

Our Wish List

Our Wish List
From time to time, our supporters ask us for a list of items which we may need. Many of these items can be found on our Amazon wish list. To download an electronic version of our Wish List, please click here

Volunteer Fair

Volunteer Fair
Interested in volunteering with Procyon Wildlife?

Come visit us at the Volunteer Fair on Saturday, February 10, from 10am to 3pm at the Alliston Memorial Arena on Nelson Street. Thank you to the rotary Club of Alliston for organizing this event.

Want to Volunteer at Procyon Wildlife?

Baby Season officially starts March 1st! Please consider volunteering with us in the New Year! Ontario wildlife babies will need your help!



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.

Interested in helping? Become a Hotline Phone Handler!

Currently, our hotline is operated from 10 am to 5 pm, but we’d like to extend the hours of our hotline service to cover longer hours. Ideally, we the HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday, 8:00am to 2:00pm & 2:00pm to 8:00pm.

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. 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
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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Procyon Wildlife is a Registered Charity* dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release orphaned and injured wildlife. * Reg Charity # 818086621RR0001