Volume 4, Issue 5 May 2022

Baby Season - Do's and Don'ts

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by Jennifer Howard

Please, don’t be a kidnapper. Every year, Procyon admits baby wild animals that were separated from their parents by well-meaning, kindhearted people. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you recognize whether the baby really needs to be rescued.

Animal Updates as of May 1st, 2022

article and photos by Jennifer Howard
Jennifer Howard gives us an update on the animals in our care at the centre, such as Megan adn Jamie Fox, Squeakers the Raccoon and Doris the Porcupine. She also discusses the dangers to young wildlife and their parents when poisoned mice and rats enter their food chain.

National Frog Jumping Day

article by Elizabeth Trickey and photos by Jennifer Howard (featured image is Bull Frog).

May 13th is a national day for celebrating jumping frogs! Where did that come from? Well, let me tell you! It originated from the first published story ever written by Mark Twain, way back in 1865. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was based on an actual annual contest that was held in California, the first being in 1828.

Please teach your children not to touch / handle wildlife

Baby Green Heron
Article and Photo graciously provided by Hobbitstee Wildlife Centre.
Increasingly, Wildlife Centres across Ontario and Canada are struggling with zoonotic diseases (zoonoses are diseases which can jump from animals to humans). Wildlife centres follow MNR rules which require that animal care workers are gloved and masked at all times when working with wildlife.

The article below is courtesy of Hobbitstee Wildlife Centre which discusses why it’s so important for children as well as adults not to handle or touch wildlife.

Update on Fox death - 04-29-2022

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On April 15th a tiny fox kit arrived at the centre. On April 16th after a long, horrible seizure one of at least two that we knew of, the little one named Rocky passed away.

Distemper was ruled out, and the report came back with the cause of death turning out to be highly pathogenic avian influenza. There is no cure. The parents were seen bringing a duck to feed their kits. This is not good news as this shows that the avian flu has crossed species. The kits are under strict quarantine at the centre. Biosecurity protocols are in place to make sure the kits do not come in contact in any way with other animals, especially foxes. They are under a 2-week quarantine period.
Fox Sponsorship

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.

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


2022 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.
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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
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  • 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
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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.