FOUND AN ANIMAL?
Here's what you can do.
FOUND AN ANIMAL THAT NEEDS HELP?
If you find wildlife in need of help, please call Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre at (204) 878-3740. Our phone lines are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Saturday. Continue reading for more information on how to care for the animals until you can get them into our care.
When catching or handling a sick, injured or orphaned animal, please be sure to wear a mask and gloves to avoid any possible COVID-19 transmission between you and the animal. If you have been a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case or are awaiting test results, please do not touch the animal and give Wildlife Haven a call for any assistance in rescuing the animal in question. Though there is not a lot of data on this yet, it is best to take proactive measures and is best practice to wear PPE when handling wildlife in any given circumstance.
THE DON'TS OF WILDLIFE
DON'T feed a wild animal cows' milk, or formulas bought over the counter.
These formulas do not meet the animal’s requirements and in most cases, cause great harm to the animal.
DON'T EVER feed injured wildlife.
Unless specifically advised by the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Center do not feed Wildlife. You may give it a shallow dish of water, nothing deep because the animal may drown if injured. The animal may have an injury that will be worsened if they eat. This takes vital energy away from essential functions and may even cause death.
DON'T remove infant or orphaned wildlife from their nest.
Unless you are sure that they are truly injured or orphaned do not remove baby wildlife from their nest. If you do believe the animals to be injured or orphaned, contact Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre for further information.
DON'T pet the injured or orphaned animals.
As cute as they may be, do not pet an injured or orphaned animal. The animal will be stressed and although, they may be sitting still while you are petting them, they are terrified. Any undue stress can cause them to have heart failure. To avoid this, keep them in a quiet, dark and warm place. Keep them away from the smells and sounds of your pets.
DON'T let pets around injured or orphaned wildlife.
Keep your pets away from the injured wildlife whenever possible, this includes travelling to the drop-off locations provided for wildlife. The travel alone is very stressful for the animal, your pet in close quarters will only make it worse.
DON'T feed wildlife in your yard late into fall and stop feeding during the winter.
If you feed the animals in your yards, they may learn to depend on the availability of food from you and may not store for the winter months. So if you are going to feed later in the fall, it is best to continue feeding until the spring months.
REMEMBER, WILDLIFE CAN DE DANGEROUS
Here are some pointers to follow, if you come across injured, sick or orphaned wildlife: