the procyon post nov 2021

Congratulations to Debra Spilar!

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Director Debra Spilar and Procyon Wildlife for having been selected as Wildlife Rehabber of the Year for 2021 by Ontario Wildlife Rescue.
Debra Spilar, as our Custodian / Director, works closely with volunteers to ensure the Centre provides top-notch medical care to our wildlife patients.

It is wonderful to see that her leadership and motivational skills, and compassion toward wildlife in need are being recognized.

She has proven that HELP is in ALL our Hands! Thank you Debra for your commitment and leadership!
Upon receiving the award, Debra Spilar commented, "she is so proud of her team of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly at the Centre. It is their efforts and hard work that have led to Procyon Wildlife having been named Wildlife Rehab Centre for 2021!"

Please, don’t feed us.

by Jennifer Howard
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Every year Procyon admits wildlife babies and young to the Centre because they were orphaned, the worst part with some of them is, they were fed by non-experienced people first because they thought how hard could it be? This inexperience in feeding wildlife babies, especially eyes closed, was disastrous and in the case of some their health began to fail after just two days or for others, in one week or more.

Fact: It is illegal to have wildlife in your possession for more than 24 hours, which enables you to find a wildlife rehabilitation centre for the animal. You may need to keep it overnight. If so, follow our instructions. Keeping in mind they would be sleeping all night anyways. Keeping wildlife warm and quiet is the most important thing you can do while waiting for a callback or the next morning when you can transport it.

Wildlife parents care for their young very well and are the little ones' best chance at life. When they are ready to leave their parents have already taught them everything they need to know to survive on their own.

But even with that, only a small percentage of all wildlife babies make it to their first year. There is so much for them to contend with, habitat loss is a huge issue and, more roads means more cars and trucks and people.

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National Appreciation Week for Animal Rescue Shelters

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By Elizabeth Trickey, photos by Jennifer Howard
November 7-13 is National Appreciation Week for Animal Rescue Shelters! During this week, we find a way to thank rehabilitation centres and the dedicated people who work in them, for providing animals with a second chance at life.

Every year Procyon Wildlife provides expert care and medical services to over a thousand wild critters that have been orphaned, sick, or injured. We have many volunteers who are part of the rehabilitation process. And the jobs they do are quite varied. Some answer phones from the comfort of their own homes, providing general information to the public and relaying important messages to the centre as needed. Others use their own cars to transport animals between different rehabs or to release animals in appropriate areas. The maintenance of appliances, the grounds, and buildings is a big job shared by many people. Then there are those who maintain our website and online store, organize fund-raising events, attend community events to educate the public, apply for grants, help train new people, and pick up donated items. It takes all types of volunteers to keep things running at a rehab centre!

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Stay tuned for details! There will be lots of wonderful items to bid on including already assembled gift bags and baskets for your friends and family whether they be two or four-legged!

Procyon Wildlife Charity Christmas Concert!

December 3rd at 7:00 pm

Soprano Soloist and Procyon Wildlife volunteer Angela van Breemen, and talented musician friends from the elegant Victorian Garden Medical Spa in Caledon East will be performing beautiful Christmas music to celebrate the Season.

This is the First Annual Christmas Charity Concert for Procyon Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre. Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.

    For more information on purchasing tickets, click here

    Deer are hit by cars most often in the fall!

    Source; For Fox Sake Wildlife Rescue

    Most collisions between cars and deer happen in October through December, when deer are on the move more, and when their minds are clouded by hormones as they seek mates. Please do your part to keep deer safe from accidents, and to protect yourself and your passengers at the same time!
    Be mindful that deer are most active at dawn and dusk. During those times, it is particularly important to drive slowly and cautiously. Nobody likes to go slow on this big, open country roads, but slowing down is the singular most important way to avoid a collision.

    Keep an eye on the sides of the roads, not just the road itself. We’re all prone to “road hypnosis” where we start zoning out looking at those white lines, but stay mindful of your surroundings. That will prevent you from hitting not only deer, but also other animals.

    Don’t throw food waste into the road, ever! Deer and other animals are sometimes drawn to roads by waste like apple cores, peanut shells, and salty fast food wrappers. Spread the words out this very important step that we can all take to prevent animals from getting killed on roadways.

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    An Interview with Mother Nature

    Note from the Editor: The following article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of British Driven, a newsletter for the Headwaters British Car Club, based out of Orangeville, Ontario. Mr. Ed Taccone, also known as Mr. Ed has graciously shared this article with us. In light of the news concerning the rapid temperature rise and the effect this will have on our climate and our very way of life, we felt it was relevant to share with our Procyon Wildlife readers.
    Sincerely, Angela van Breemen,The Editor.

    By Mr. Ed

    Last year, my wife and I travelled to Costa Rica which is approximately 650 miles from the equator of our planet. We spent two weeks absorbing the very different world of Central America. Having never been to Costa Rica we were surprised with its lush jungle greenery, beautiful birds, different species of animals, gorgeous coastlines, great food and friendly people. This gave me a rare and unexpected occasion to converse with Mother Nature herself after being left alone while the others decided to visit the beach.

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    Please note that unless you are paying cash on delivery, all orders must be prepaid using our online store. To avoid disappointment, please call Procyon Wildlife (905) 729-0033 to make sure someone will be at the Centre before coming to pick up your order.

    Our Procyon Wildlife Intern Program Runs Year Round!

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    Do you need experience in order to get into an animal care program or to fulfill college requirements? Full time, volunteer Intern positions are available year round, at Procyon Wildlife in Beeton, Ontario. Contracts are from 2-6 months. Please find details of this program, as well as the application, at

    Please donate your old green bins to the Centre!

    If you live in the Country of Simcoe, you will know that starting next week residents will be using their brand new large bins for garbage, recycling and organics.

    If you no longer have use for the older, smaller green bins for organic material, we certainly could make use of them at the Centre.

    Please contact us at if you would like to donate your old green bin to us. Many thanks!

    Items on Procyon's Wish List

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    Procyon's Wish List
    For other items on our wish list, visit: Procyon Wish List on
    See the links and images below for further details on some of the items we urgently need.

    K H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl 102 Ounces

    • 102 ounce heated pet water bowl made from durable stainless steel prevents water from freezing, even at -20°F, keeping your pet hydrated no matter the weather
    • Energy-efficient bowl heater uses only 25 watts and is thermostatically controlled to turn on and off as needed to keep water ice-free
    • Features a 5.5' steel wrapped abrasion resistant cord and electronics are safely sealed inside the bowl.
    • This heated dog bowl has been tested & certified by MET Labs to exceed USA/CA electrical safety standards.

    Even the smallest donations are of great help to us...

    Disposable latex gloves (all sizes)
    Face masks
    75-litre galvanize steel garbage can with lid.

    Do you have a few extra hours per week?

    Are you retired? Or are you a student looking to

    accumulate community hours?

    We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

    * website assistant and data entry
    * telephone volunteers
    * handyperson

    Website Assistant

    We are looking for someone to assist our web coordinator, with online work for our website, newsletter and data entry. Some experience with WordPress would be an asset, but not essential. Training will be provided. To learn more contact

    THE HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday:
    10:00am to 5:00pm.

    Telephone volunteers

    Procyon needs your help more than ever! With the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking people not to bring animals to the centre without calling first.

    This means we need help from people to operate our phone lines from the safety of their homes.

    If you or someone you know might have a few extra hours per day to answer our hotline phones, please contact us at We will provide remote telephone training.


    We need help with many odd jobs around the Centre, including grounds keeping.

    Please contact us at for more details.
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    Rabies Report for Ontario

    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. Our telephone lines are operated from 10am to 5pm daily. If outside of business hours, 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.

    Please follow them and do not come directly to the front door.

    Thank you.
    Procyon Wildlife

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