Every year, we receive many calls regarding wildlife. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate them at the shelter as we do not have the appropriate facilities to do so. Also, in some situations, we have no choice but to let nature take its course.

However, there are several resources that can adequately answer the public’s questions about these animals. Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked.

When to help a wildlife animal?

For the well-being of these animals, it is preferable to observe them from a distance, for example with binoculars, and to contact a resource specialized in this type of animals:

  • The animal has a visible wound, whether it is bleeding or experiencing respiratory problems.
  • The animal appears to be cold, weak, or thin;
  • The animal is clearly covered with fleas, other insects or eggs;
  • The animal vocalizes excessively;
  • The animal appears disoriented;
  • The baby’s mother died or didn’t returned for two hours (or twelve hours for the bunnies).

Useful links 

What to do if you find a baby squirrel on the ground? 
What to do if you find a baby bird on the ground? 
What to do if you find a turtle? Contact carapace.ca
What to do if you find a baby wild animal? (Rabbit, fawn, raccoon, etc.) Contact the shelter Lobadanaki

If you are in the presence of a wild animal that is injured or exhibiting unusual behavior, contact the Ministère des Forêts, de la faune et des Parcs at 1 800 463-2191.

  • If you have receive a visit from a small mammal that is enjoying the contents of your garbage can or your vegetable garden, or perhaps has settled on your property?
  • Avoid feeding wild animals (otherwise they will come back!)
  • Keep your pets’ food inside
  • Do not leave garbage bags accessible outside
  • Install a fence / trellis around your vegetable garden and plants
  • Equip your outdoor lights with a motion detector to surprise nocturnal animals which prefer to stay in the dark

We invite you to learn more on this subject by visiting the Department of the Ministère des Forêts, de la faune et des Parcs.