Encounters with wildlife here in Chatham-Kent is often a delight, but sometimes it is also a tragedy. If you find a litter of raccoons at the side of a deceased mother or a duck flopping around with an injured wing compassionate, hard working volunteers are sometimes available to help transport the animal depending on work load and funds available. If not you may need to provide transport to the animal to the closest rehabilitation centre.
But remember the law:
“Where an animal is in need of help, it requires specialized care to recover and return to the wild. You cannot keep wildlife in captivity without approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Southern Region, however, a person may possess a wild animal for up to 24 hours to transport it to a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian.”
Several wonderful individuals have opened small rehabilitation centres across our region and are happy to assist as long as space and funds are available.
If you are unsure on what to do you can call the Ministry of Natural Resources for advice. If you found an animal in distress take a moment to fill out the form below and we will do our best to connect you with a local rehab centre.
Ministry of Natural Resources: 1-800-667-1940 – Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Ressources