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National Wildlife CentrePO Box 192, Caledon East, ON L7C 3L9

How to Help

It is only with the help of a community that a centre like this can succeed. Our success thus far has been founded on the hard work and determination of veterinarians, volunteers, interns, and the communities in which we work. Together we have come this far, and together we will continue to grow so that the welfare of Canadian Wildlife will be a priority for generations to come.

Volunteer for the NWC

1. Wildlife healthcare externs: We are accepting applications for volunteer wildlife healthcare extern positions. A minimum of 12 weeks, 40 hours per week. Must be vaccinated against rabies.

2. Foster care-giver for orphaned animals. This requires a commitment of 6-12 weeks. In-home (based on an approved inspection by our healthcare team). Training provided. Feeding baby animals 3, 4 or 5 times a day will help give these animals a chance to survive and be released into the wild. Must have rabies vaccination.

3. Volunteer drivers needed to help transport sick and injured wildlife to our wildlife hospital.

Veterinary Internships

This unique position combines hands-on supervision training along with the use of innovative technology solutions to carry out a robust and diverse caseload of wildlife patients in need of diagnostics, treatments, and surgeries. We have positions in Ontario and Nova Scotia (onsite at Hope for Wildlife). The veterinary intern will be trained by the National Wildlife Centre’s medical team and work closely and collaboratively with the staff and leadership at wildlife rehabilitation centres.

Donations & Fundraisers

Whether it is attending one of our fundraisers or offering direct donations, every cent of funds gathered goes directly to helping Canadian wildlife. Subscribe to our website to get information emailed to you about fundraising events and dates, or please visit our donation page. We are currently raising money for our new home in Caledon – a Centre of Excellence for surgery, medicine, conservation and education. This will be the hub for future satellite wildlife hospitals in Canada.

Students

Conservation and wildlife biology students will have a better appreciation and understanding of working with various native species for application in the field. Veterinary technician and veterinary students will learn hands-on skills to help in the medical and surgical care of wildlife. In addition, while most veterinary graduates will enter private practice for domestic species, it is inevitable that someone from the general public will show up at the family veterinarian’s office with a baby bird, rabbit, or squirrel, or an injured wild animal at some point.

Rehabilitators

If you are an authorized wildlife rehabilitator, we are here to help you, help wildlife. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our wildlife veterinary healthcare team at any time.

We are also able to perform surgeries for you in our veterinary hospital, and care for the patients in an ICU setting until they are stable to be returned to you to complete their rehabilitation process with the intent to be released back into the wild.

Once our new hospital has been completed, we will be able to admit sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals.

Until then, please visit Ontario.ca and search for Wildlife Rehabilitators or go to ontariowildliferescue.ca and click on Wildlife Centres to find a Wildlife Rehabilitator near you.