The Procyon Post: Volume 6, Issue 7, July 2024

Dear Angela P.,

The first long weekend of the summer is finally here and we trust you and your families are having a safe and wonderful weekend as we celebrate our great country, Canada.

This month, Jen Howard gives us an update on the animals in our care at the centre during the month of June and her article, A Portrait of Beauty relates the heart warming story of a beautiful skunk family.

Annette Bays generously shares her observations of muskrats living in a nearby pond on her property in her story, Muskrat Love.

Finally, our article There IS a Shortage of Rehabbers in Ontario provides options for you to express your concerns with our politicians concerning the serious shortage of wildlife rehabbers in Ontario.

It's never too late to volunteer with us as we operate our centre year round. The more help we have right now, the more precious wildlife lives can be saved!

Should you be interested in volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at info@procyonwildlife.com to sign up.

Procyon Wildlife

Animal Updates June 2024

Animal Updates June 2024
Article and images by Jen Howard

Read time: 3 Minutes

Juicyfruit the Squirrel: This little baby squirrel was rescued by a woman and her two children. She was found trying to drag herself off the road without the use of her back legs. We assume she was hit or clipped by a car. She is very feisty and has regained …

Muskrat Love

Muskrat Love
Article, images, and videos by Annette Bays

Read time: 3 minutes

Over the years we have seen muskrats in our ponds on and off. They never seem to stay for long, but they have burrowed into the bank and made a home, sometimes even overwintering. They do take the cattails down and take them into the burrows, presumably to eat, …

A Portrait of Beauty

A Portrait of Beauty
Article and images by Jen Howard

Read time: 3 minutes

There are stories in this world that just need to be told. A mother skunk got into trouble. A strange case actually. A basketball net tipped over on the ground and she got caught up in it. She was brought to us with a badly injured tail. Upon closer examination …

Wildlife in Distress

Wildlife in Distress
Article by Jen Howard and images by Crystal Faye

Read time : One minute

Sometimes you get an admission that just needs to be made public. This one points out the dangers of things we use to get rid of pests. It never ends well and takes more lives than you want it to. This beautiful grackle got caught in a glue trap. …

3rd Annual Rainbow Run

Thank you to Jodi and Norman, organizers from https://www.gottarunracing.com/ who have chosen Procyon Wildlife as the beneficiary of the Third Annual Rainbow Trail Run. The event will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at  Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston, Ontario. The Rainbow Trail Run consists of a 12K loop (approximate) around Earl Rowe Provincial Park. It's mostly double wide, …
3rd Annual Rainbow Run

There IS a shortage of Rehabbers in Ontario!

There IS a shortage of Rehabbers in Ontario!
There IS a shortage of Rehabbers in Ontario.
Rehabbers receive NO government support.
Rehabbers receive NO government funding.
Rehabbers DEPEND on volunteers, private donations and our own fundraising.
Rehabbers reach FULL CAPACITY very quickly.


Raise your concerns about rescued wildlife, with no option for help by calling:

  1. Katie Consack, MNR - Manager Partnership Services Section, 613-484-6053 katie.consack@ontario.ca
  2. Hon. Graydon Smith, appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry 416-314-2301 Graydon.Smith@pc.ola.org
  3. Doug Ford, Ontario Premier, 416-325-1941
  4. Guy Bourgouin, NDP critic on the MNRF 705-372-6400 GBourgouin-QP@ndp.on.ca
  5. Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-387-7011 or NRISC@ontario.ca. You can also contact online at: ontario.ca/mnrf
  6. Your local MPP

Interested in supporting our gala? Please contact Angela van Breemen at angelavb@procyonwildlife.com or Debra Spilar at debras@procyonwildlife.com

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

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