Wildlife Emergency?

Species Accepted

Please remember to call us at 905.442.1648 if you believe there is an injured or abandoned animal.

We need to ensure that volunteers and a licensed custodian are onsite and properly equipped to deal with the emergency.

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is licensed by the MNRF and CWS to accept the following animals:

  • Birds of Prey
  • Migratory Birds
  • Song Birds
  • Small Mammals
  • Rabies Vector Species (Bats, Skunks & Foxes)
  • Large Mammals (except Bears, Deer & Cougars)

Please Remember: We do NOT accept Raccoons, Pigeons and Seagulls, nor any domesticated species.

UPDATE: High Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1

Due to the presence of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 being confirmed within wild populations of birds in Ontario, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue and our advisors have had to make the very difficult decision not to accept avian patients regardless of their life stage. 

All species of birds are able to contract this transmissible disease. Just recently it was discovered that this virus can also be passed to foxes. Due to the highly infectious nature of this disease, we are making these decisions with the health and safety of our permanent residents, staff, and volunteers in mind.

Based on the current recommendations put out by the wildlife governing bodies we would not be able to safely meet the required guidelines. Essentially, each bird would need to self-isolate for 30 days, in its own room, which is vented in a manner that it wouldn’t share the same air space as any other patient. 

We understand that it can be difficult to find a bird who is in distress or in need of assistance and are still here to answer your questions. If you have found a sick, injured or orphaned bird please visit the Ontario Wildlife Rescue website to locate a wildlife center that is able to accept birds at this time.

If you are looking to report a sick or deceased bird, please contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (1-800-567-2033 or report online: http://www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/report_and_submit.php).

The risk of contracting this strain of avian influenza is minimal for humans, however, we still advise that you do not try and handle wild birds yourself. Please do not attempt to rehabilitate any wild animal yourself – it is unsafe for yourself and the animal, as well as it is against the law in Ontario to possess wildlife without proper permits.

Please be patient with us during this trying time. We are doing our best and working around the clock to be able to continue to save as many wild lives as possible.

For more information about High Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 visit the CFIA website: https://inspection.canada.ca/animal-health/terrestrial-animals/diseases/backyard-flocks-and-pet-birds/eng/1323643634523/1323644740109