The City of Hamilton is seeing and hearing more residents moving wildlife from their natural habitat with good intentions but sad results. While it is out of sincere concern, there is an increase in calls and e-mails about wildlife and noticing that these animals are coming into the shelter unnecessarily.
If you find a sick, injured or abandoned wild animal, the City asks that you don’t remove the animal right away from its natural habitat, as the animal may not need assistance. Removing the animal could do more harm than good. If concerned, the City asks that residents check on the animal periodically for 24 – 48 hours but keep their distance.
- If you find an abandoned young animal, separated from adults or left on its own — keep cats and dogs away and limit the noise near it
- Often, the parents of animals leave them alone to find food or sometimes to lead predators away
- If you find a nest somewhere that needs to be relocated, for instance if it’s currently on an air vent on a house, carefully move the nest, babies and eggs to a high, safe location nearby as the parents will return and continue caring for them
- It’s important to note that an adult parent may not return if it is noisy or if predators or people are close by
- If you come across sick or diseased wildlife and you suspect there is a public health risk (such as rabies) contact the City of Hamilton Animal Services right away
The City of Hamilton Animal Services work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and their wildlife rehabilitators, to temporary care to sick, injured and abandoned wildlife so it can be returned to the wild. Every effort is made by wildlife rehabilitators to ensure wildlife, in their care, do not become tame.
If you find animals roaming at large, wild animals in distress, injured or sick, please call:
The City of Hamilton Animal Services
Tel: (905) 574-3433 (available 24/7)
Hamilton Animal Services
If you see wild animals that you believe are orphaned, call:
A Wildlife Rehabilitator
They can be found on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s website at:
Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitator