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1. Prepare a container

Place a soft cloth on the bottom of a carboard box or cat/dog carrier with a lid. If it doesn't have air holes, make some. For smaller animals, you can use paper sack with air holes punched in.

2. Protect yourself

Wear gloves if possible. Some animals may bite or scratch to protect themselves even if sick. Wild animals commonly have parasites (fleas, ticks) and carry diseases.

3. Cover the animal with a light sheet or towel

4. Gently pick up the animal and put it in the prepared container

5. Warm the animal if it is cold or if the animal is chilled

Put one end of the container on a heating pad set low. Or  fill a zip-top plastic bag, plastic soft drink container with a screw lid, or a rubber glove with hot water; wrap the warm container with a cloth, and put it next to the animal. Make sure the container doesn't leak, or the animal will get wet an chilled.

6. Tape the box shut or roll the top of the paper bag closed

7. Note exactly where you found the animal. This will be very important for release.

8. Keep the animal in a warm, dark and quiet place

Do not give the animal food or water.

Leave it alone - do not handle or bother it.

Keep children and pets away.

9. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator, the Ministry of Natural Resources, or a veterinarian as soon as possible

Do not keep the animal at your home longer than neccessary.

Keep the animal in a container - do not let it loose in your house or car.

10. Wash your hands after contact with the animal

Wash anything the animals was in contact with (towel, jacket, blanket, pet carrier) to prevent the spread of diseases and/or parasites to you or your pets.

11. Get the animals to a wildlife rehabititator as soon as possible!

It is against the law in all provinces to keep wild animals

if you do not have permits, even if you plan to release them

Only adults should rescue baby mammals.

Before rescuing adult mammals, seek guidance from a wildlife rehabilitator




You can also contact your local:


Humane Societies

Wild Bird Stores

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