For the month of September, Procyon Wildlife will be collecting any and all textiles; everything from good clothing to ragged and stained clothing (as long as it’s clean), towels, sheets, comforters, rags, fabric odds and ends, curtains, stuffed animals, footwear, luggage, handbags (no matter what condition) and sports equipment.
Any items in good condition will go towards charities, and items no longer viable will be shredded and recycled into stuffing for things like cushions and pet toys, etc…
We are giving advance notice now, so you can start thinking about what you don’t need anymore. It’s good to de-clutter once in awhile, and this is for a great cause!
The more stuff collected, the more money Procyon Wildlife will receive, so we are hoping to collect LOTS of stuff.
Collection will begin in September, and run throughout the month of September. Please place clean, dry and odourless items in a plastic bag and bring to: Procyon Wildlife, 6441 7th line, Beeton, L0G 1A0 between September 1st and September 30th, 2018.
We’ll get paid by the pound, so the more we collect the better!
Article in the Bradford Today newspaper about Procyon Wildlife.
Love baby animals? Wildlife rehab centre looking for volunteers
“Every animal that came in our centre had a death sentence on it.”
If you love wild animals big and small, Procyon Wildlife may have your dream volunteering opportunity.
The animal rehabilitation centre currently has more than 200 animals to take care of — from skunks, turtles and chipmunks, to raccoons, fawns and coyotes — on nearly two hectares of land in Beeton.
And it is looking for volunteers.
“It is baby season. Every spring all the rehab centres are completely full,” said Debra Spilar, Procyon’s director. “If mom is out foraging for food and gets hit by a car (or attacked),” the babies are abandoned.
The centre does not take baby birds because it does not have an aviary to help them learn to fly, she said, but it takes all other native species to Ontario.
Spilar said the porcupines and skunks are her favourite animals to work with.
“They are very mild-mannered and easy going,” she said, adding that is because people and other animals typically avoid them just by their visual warning cues.
Porcupines are “friendly giants,” she said. “They’re awesome.”
Animals are kept indoors and outdoors at the centre’s property.
Inside, there are several nurseries for baby animals, including a rabbit nursery and a toddler nursery just for raccoons, Spilar said.
There is also a sick bay, quarantine area, veterinary examination room, and an education room.
Spilar sometimes hosts students at the centre and gives presentations at schools and other community group meetings.
Outside at the centre, there are several outdoor cage areas where animals are kept in separate areas while undergoing care.
The idea is that the animals brought to the centre start indoors and eventually transition to outdoor cages as they get healthier before being released.
Whether injured or abandoned when a parent dies, the animals all arrive at the centre because of the interference of people, Spilar said.
“We’re sort of putting the teeter-totter back in sync and helping the animals.”
The centre is recognized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, but it does not receive any funding from it, she said.
“Wild animals are always overlooked for funding. The government just does not put it in the budget. We’re currently fighting for it,” she said, adding the centre has no paid employees.
That is why having enough volunteers is important.
The centre is looking for people to help with all sorts of tasks, from caring for the animals, fundraising and doing site repairs, to cleaning laundry, cutting the grass and writing grants.
It accepted volunteers from anywhere. Currently, it has volunteers from around Ontario, including Barrie, Brampton and Pickering.
The centre offers a free three-hour training course and asks volunteers to commit to one four-hour shift per week. Experienced volunteers will work with the new ones in their first shifts to give them guidance.
Spilar said she hopes more people will get involved with the centre.
“Every animal that came in our centre had a death sentence on it,” she said. “It’s very rewarding knowing these animals have another chance to live in their natural habitat.”