Volume 4, Issue 3 March 2022

2022 Begins

by Jennifer Howard

This time of year, we usually get somewhat of a break from animal admissions, giving us time to organize and tidy up and get ready for spring babies. Not this year. Last year was the year of the fox. This year seems to be the year of the bat. By February 10th, we already had 15 in our care. And overall, 51 case admissions; case numbers are not for just single animals but families as well. So one case number could be 12 animals in the case of opossums for instance, with mom and babies or five or more in the case of orphaned babies.

Unfortunately, distemper in raccoons and a few skunks have been prevalent already, especially raccoons; it's been just horrible. All these factors have made it been incredibly busy at the centre.

Because of all the mouths we have to feed and the amount of food we go through, it prompted me to launch a local food drive to help replenish all the food we go through daily. Our foxes, for example, go through 2 to 3 lbs. of food a day, and there are five foxes in care. It's an essential part of their daily care and healing to have a variety of good food and nutrition in their bellies.

I want to take this opportunity to give a big shout-out of thanks to everyone in our local communities for all your wonderful donations of food and money, which will go back into food or medical care when needed. And most importantly, our furry friends at the centre also thank you bunches. Lots of lovely delicious foods were brought in for them to enjoy. It's nice for them to have a healthy variety.

Thank you to our new companies for getting on board to donate; Raw 4 Dogs in Springwater for their incredible donation of raw foods and Brian's Food Baskets in Barrie for their offer of weekly organic fruits n veggies donations.

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Wildlife Babies

Wildlife Babies
Articles by Elizabeth Trickey, photography by Jennifer Howard and Elizabeth Trickey

Spring is almost upon us! And you know what that means? Yup, the amorous efforts of critters are coming to fruition! Soon we may be seeing lots of little furry faces peeking out from nests or from behind mommas protective body. Natures plan is to have these newborns kept safe and sound, at home with their families, until they are ready to learn how to forage for food and to take care of themselves in the wild world.

But that doesnt always happen. Unfortunately, mommas sometimes get hurt, killed, or separated from the rest of the family. Then the little ones are left to take care of themselves, if they can. Thankfully, there are kind-hearted humans who notice the problem and try to reunite the babies and parents. Failing that, they bring the infants to Procyon for the care they need.

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Animal Updates - March 2022

by Jennifer Howard

Roscoe, one of our foxes:

We are waiting for some good weather so he can go home. Roscoe was admitted on November 19th, 2021 with bad mange and an injury to his leg. It took a while for that injury to heal and a lot of handling to clean and keep bandaged. Roscoe has been a great little patient and tolerated his time with us very well. He looks great. He will be released very soon.

Read more about Roscoe the Fox, Doris the Porcupine and Courage the Bat

March is Sponsor a Coyote Month!

Photo by Jennifer Howard
Every month this year Procyon Wildlife will be featuring a wildlife animal, and for the month of March, it is the coyote!

If you would like to help with donations, please visit this link: https://www.procyonwildlife.com/donations/coyote-sponsorship-program/

Chase the Coyote - Saturday, September 17th, 2022.

We are honoured that Chase the Coyote 2022 has chosen Procyon Wildlife as the charity they will be supporting for their popular fundraising event.

The race will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park! Mono, Ontario (just north of Orangeville)

If you would like to participate, please visit the following link:


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 shift coverage for Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Midday shifts for Saturdays, Sundays, and Thursdays
  • Afternoon shifts for Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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:
10:00am to 5:00pm.

Telephone volunteers Needed!

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. You will need to have access to the internet and a computer tablet to assist our animals 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

Procyon Wildlife intern program 2022


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


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.