Volume 4, Issue 4 April 2022

Uninvited Guests

baby raccoon with momma
by Elizabeth Trickey
You are enjoying a quiet, relaxing evening, cuddled up on your favourite chair in the living room. Just as you get to the really interesting part of your novel, you hear a funny noise. What is that? Where is it coming from? You put your glass of Chianti down, and get up to investigate. Holy catfish! That weird sound is coming from INSIDE your house, in the wall, up near the ceiling! Is it scratching? Maybe the scurrying of tiny feet? And ever so faintly, a sweet little mewing? Is that a cat?

Well, I doubt it. How about a litter of 5 baby raccoons waiting for a feeding? Right there. in your attic. and not even paying rent! What should you do? So many options, so little time.

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Wildlife Rescuing

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by Jennifer Howard

As our wildlife has been forced through habitat loss to coexist with people. We also need to accept that we need to do the same with them.

Every day more development takes over, trees come down,wetlands are filled in along with every living being who calls them home. Although development must go on, we do need to understand that wetlands and trees and all the lives they hold are so very important to our well being, to our environment and ecosystem.

We need to fight for more green space. We need to fight for our wildlife. And this is where wildlife rescue comes in.

There are not nearly enough of us, and we are not funded by our government. We run on donations from you, the public and dedicated volunteers.

Procyon is not fitted with a rescue team. We depend on you to bring us those animals. However, our phone volunteers will assist you in how you go about getting a sick or injured animal etc. There are occasions where you can’t do it and we try to get a volunteer to assist. So it’s a good idea to mention that. Being mindful they are volunteers and some work or go to school as well. But we do our best to try to get you help.

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Animal Updates - April 2022

by Jennifer Howard

Every day is a new day at Procyon. Here are a few updates of animals who are or were in our care.
First fox of the year Geetika, (meaning beauty). Came in on January 6th with mange. He looked rough mange wise but was in good body condition. The beautiful handsome fox healed nicely and was able to be released in excellent condition on March 8th. He sniffed around and chose his direction. So wonderful to see him go free again.

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It's a Myth that Live Trapping and Relocating is Humane

It's a Myth that Live Trapping and Relocating is Humane
by Debra Spilar
It is a myth that live trapping and relocating a wild animal is a humane solution to dealing with a wild animal. The truth is that live trapping and relocating a wild animal can often be a death sentence.

Most wild animals defend a territory, that territory is theirs. This means they fight off competition, have food stores and know where to find resources and shelter.

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Spring & Easter Photoshoots - April 2nd and 3rd!

Spring and Easter is just around the corner! For lasting memories get your family pictures taken by talented wildlife photographer and Procyon volunteer Jennifer Howard. $15.00 minimum donation per photo.

Two great locations!
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd from 11:00am to 3pm at Davidson’s Restaurant in Innisfil
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd from 11am to 3pm at Rovili’s Petworld-Bolton

April 7th is Beaver Appreciation Day!

International Beaver Day is April 7th, but we will be celebrating this industrious animal for the entire month of April.

We don't always have beavers in our care, however, we offer Wildlife Sponsorship Packages that begin at $35.00.

Now Taking Applications for our Procyon Wildlife Internship Program!

Our intern program will be starting up soon. If you know of anyone that might be interested in learning about wildlife, send them our way.

Help spread the word to your veterinarians, as they could know of someone that might want to learn as well.


Help Us Raise Funds for an In-House X-RAY machine!

Help Procyon Wildlife raise funds for an in-house X-Ray machine by donating today! An in-house X-Ray machine will help us quickly assess an injured wild animal and prevent additional trauma by moving the animal to a vet clinic for X-Rays and assessment.
butter xray

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:

* Animal Care
* Grant Writing
* Hotline Telephone volunteers
* Handyperson
* Website assistant and data entry

Attention Volunteers! Shift Coverage needed for morning, afternoon and evening shifts!

To apply visit: https://www.procyonwildlife.com/online-procyon-wildlife-volunteer-application-form/

2021 volunteers for social media

Grant Writers:

We are currently looking for volunteers to step forward to form our Grant Writing Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to review and make applications to organizations, foundations and charities that might be interested in providing grants to Procyon Wildlife.
If interested, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com
THE HOURS we need for telephone service are Monday through to Sunday:
8:00am to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 8:00pm

Telephone volunteers Needed!

Procyon is looking for telephone volunteers to take calls from the public. Due to staff and time constraints, we are asking people not to bring animals to the centre without calling us first.

This means we need help from people to operate our phone lines from the comfort of their homes. You will need to have access to the internet and a computer or tablet to assist our animal care workers with online admissions.

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


We need help with many odd jobs around the Centre, including grounds keeping, building nest boxes, renovations inside the building and repairs to our outside enclosures.

Please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com for more details.
procyon handyman

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 admin@procyonwildlife.com

Check out our Online Store for Great Gift Ideas for birthdays or other special occasions!

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 arrange a pickup time at the Centre before coming to pick up your order.

Items on Procyon's Wish List

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

Digital Scale for Large Animals

  • Heavy-duty scale with 660lbs weighing capacity. Two measuring ranges are selectable.
  • This livestock scale is made of stainless steel, providing a stain-resistant and water-repellent platform. It's also very fast and easy to clean and maintain.
  • LCD screen is equipped with clear backlight, you can read it clearly even in a dark place. Hold function helps to keep the weight on this large pet scale's display.
  • Big 110X55cm stainless steel platform is suitable for pet of different size. Even the golden retriever can be easily put on this vet scale.

SnuggleSafe -

The Original Microwave Heating Pad Stays warm for hours!

snuggle safe
snuggle safe 2
  • SnuggleSafe Pet Bed Heating Pad provides up to 10 hours at home or away.
  • Quick and easy to use - no wires. Ideal for newborn, convalescent animals or those in cold environments.
  • Microwaving the SnuggleSafe heatpad for a few minutes will give hours of warmth and comfort.
  • Used and recommended by vets, breeders and rescue centers worldwide.
SnuggleSafe Microwave Heating Pad contains Thermapol which is non-toxic. When the product is heated correctly and in accordance with instructions, Thermapol remains predominately in a solid-state.

Humane Way Foldable Metal Animal Trap XL - 50 Inch x 20 Inch x 26 Inch

Due to the high incidence of mange we urgently need more live traps to safely capture coyotes and foxes.

Made from long lasting black powder-coated and galvanized wire, the trap unfolds in seconds and is easy to bait, set, and release. The gravity action door with two spring loaded latches allows for fail proof capture. The trap also features two handles so two people can easily transport the captured animal

Building materials

Building material for nest boxes
10 - 4'x8' plywood exterior grade 5/8"
Building material for steel cage stands
6 - 4'x8' plywood 24 - 2x4x8' studs 16 caster wheels
Building material for nursery
10 - 4x8 tile board 5 - 4x8 drywall 1/2"36 - 2x4x8 studs1 screen door
gift card

Home Depot or Home Hardware gift cards will also be gratefully accepted.

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

Face Masks
Roll of Postage Stamps
Strawberry Flavoured Ensure

Help us keep our overwintering wildlife's water source from freezing this winter!


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.

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
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.