The Procyon Post: Volume 6, Issue 4, April 2024

Dear reader,

We are hoping you and your families are having an enjoyable Easter Weekend!

Due to the mild winter, we predicted an early start to the baby wildlife season, and we have already taken in quite a few babies, with the month of March proving to be one of the busiest we have ever seen.

This issue, Jen Howard gives us an update on the wildlife in our care during March and provides helpful tips on the steps we can take to prevent wildlife from getting into trouble. Annette Bays give us some very good news concerning Health Canada’s decision to ban all uses of strychnine in Canada. We also have provided a link to a wonderful article which appeared in the spring issue of In The Hills. In addition, you can listen to a podcast aired by Guide to Awesomeness, where Debra Spilar is interviewed about our centre in From Rescue to Release.

Although the season is in full swing, it's not too late to volunteer with us! The more volunteers we have on hand, the more injured and / or orphaned babies we can admit and save! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at to sign up.

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Good News!

Article by Annette Bays

Reading time: 1 minute

Finally, a hard-won victory for wild animals. On March 7, 2024 Health Canada announced it's decision to cancel all uses of strychnine in Canada. It will continue registration of Compound 1080 provided that additional risk-reduction measures are put in place. You can read the summary of that decision here.

Thank you to all who took our advice and wrote letters and made calls to convince the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to cancel the use of these cruel poisons!

Many animal welfare groups have been working for years to stop the use of lethal poisons. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to the animals. Finally it has paid off. But there is still work to be done. For more information about the win, how it came about, and what still needs to be accomplished, check out the commentary from Barry Kent MacKay General Manager of the Animal Protection Party of Canada.

Animal Updates March 2024

Animal Updates March 2024
Article by Jen Howard; photos by Kylee Hinde and Jen Howard

Approximate read time: Two minutes.

Winter to spring has brought such ups and downs weather wise. We have two releases on hold because it’s been too cold and unstable. However, one little owl did manage to go home. Screech owl This is a wonderful update to share with you. …

The Troubles Wildlife Get Into

Article and images by Jen Howard

Reading time: 3 minutes

Wildlife can be just like two-year-olds. Curious, adventurous and playful. If trouble lurks, they will find it. It’s up to us to keep them safe. I have created a list for you to follow to ensure our wildlife comes to no harm. One primary objective is to make sure your …

In The Hills

Thank you to the IN THE HILLS for featuring Procyon Wildlife in their recent Spring Issue. You can read the full story here:

Guide To Awesomeness - Podcast

From Rescue to Release: The Journey with Procyon Wildlife - Guide To Awesomeness ( Sarah Peters (Mills) of Coldwell Banker - Ronan Realty Brokerage interviews Debra Spilar, Director/Custodian of Procyon Wildlife. In this episode of the Guide to Awesomeness podcast, Debra Spilar, the Director/Custodian of Procyon Wildlife, was interviewed by Sarah Peters (Mills). Debra discusses the origins and operations of …

Thank you to FURNAL EQUINOX 2024 for your incredible support!

Procyon Directors Debra Spilar and Crystal Faye were delighted to have been invited to the 14th Annual Furnal Equinox. The final figures have not been tallied, but the convention estimates they raised upwards of $14,000 for Procyon Wildlife! Everyone at Procyon is overwhelmed by this incredible support. Thank you so very much

You can read more about the event by the Star. Toronto hosts 14th annual Furnal Equinox convention (

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

Looking for Simple Ways to Help Procyon?

Assemble a wildlife rehab kit!

You can help Procyon Wildlife by donating baby gifts like this Wildlife Baby Rescue Kit . Please call us at 905-729-0033 to make arrangements to drop of these items, or if you prefer, you can make a donation through Canada Helps at toward the purchase of these items. Your help would be gratefully accepted.
The value of this kit is between $125 to $150 depending on where you source the items, if you prefer, you can make a donation instead.

Have you checked out our online store lately?

We have a wonderful new line of Procyon tank tops and t-shirts!

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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!

Thanks to the volunteers who have stepped up, we have been able to extend the hours of our hotline service to Monday through to Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There are few open shifts in the schedule, so please contact us today if you are interested!


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