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Wildlife Haven must
move...we desperately need to expand and are seeking a rural location. We
are the only federally and provincially authorized rehabilitation centre and
exotic animal sanctuary in the Niagara peninsula area and beyond, that is
authorized for all species and we are out of room.
We need YOUR help!
We need your support to help us
get relocated and keep our doors open.
We do believe in nature taking her course,
however, the majority of our admissions are a direct result of human activities
or harm. Loss of habitat, leg hold traps in the city, outdoor cats, feral cats,
vehicle collisions, etc., are not what we call nature. Many of
these innocent wild animals have been deliberately
harmed by individuals and are in urgent need of surgery and medical
treatment. Your contributions will
help provide care for these poor defenceless animals and
will also help us continue to keep our doors open for thousands of others.
We take in cases that many
others will not, or cannot and we intend to continue this work for these
innocent animals. We are looking for an area that welcomes wildlife
rehabilitation and the services it brings to the public and the wild animals
that share this space with us. .
We are a not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation centre,
the only facility provincially (MNRF inspected and authorized) and federally (CWS
migratory birds scientific permit) that provides experienced (34 yrs) and skilled
care for all species in
the Niagara region and beyond. We
are on-site full-time on a unpaid basis, this is our life's work.
We are not
funded or paid, by any government body or other agency, and rely solely on public donations.
Your support and
understanding is deeply appreciated.
This is just a small sampling of injured and sick
wildlife that we have cared for.
Orphaned coyote w/mange
^ Orphaned fox
turtle hit by car
^ 2 wk old
baby raccoon - admitted and treated for chemical burns
^ Ruby throat
hummingbird - cat caught and suffered a broken wing/
Mother raccoon and five babies rescued from sealed storm sewer drain
^ Cat attacked
Turtle hit by car prior to shell repairs being made.
^ Orphaned Mallard Duck eggs hatching,
mother fatally injured.
Newly hatched Mourning Dove with one unhatched egg. Nest abandoned.
Orphaned baby Virginia Opossums, mother fatally injured by car.
^ Ovenbird with injured wing.
Greater Black Back Gull, largest in N.America has a 5-6 ft wingspan,
being released after rehabilitation.
Juvenile raccoon in leg hold trap
^ 2nd juvenile
raccoon - leg hold trap. Found two days later, same area.
Please note that we are limiting new intakes as we explore our options and
search for a new property and location.
Please be sure to read the information on our site BEFORE you pick up any wildlife !
If you are trying to reach us,
and cannot reach us by telephone,
SEND AN EMAIL - we receive
those sooner than we do phone messages.
Be sure you include your name, city, province, phone number,
your email address, and detailed info about the situation
l what kind
of wild animal is it (bird, mammal, reptile?)
many are there
l how old
is the animal (eyes open/closed?) l
any bleeding or visible injuries
l how long
you've had it, and l where
did you find the animal?
Let us know if you've sent the same email (or made the
same phone call) to more
one rehab facility simultaneously. PLEASE contact
the facility that is closest to you FIRST and wait a reasonable amount of time
for a reply. Keep the animal in a warm, dark and quiet place, until you
hear back. If you get no response after 4-6 hrs, then please try another wildlife
It is NOT advisable to move a rabies vector species (raccoons,
foxes, bats, skunks)
from our area here in Niagara to any facility on the west side of the Welland Canal,
or anywhere outside
of this area due to the potential risk of disease being inadvertently transferred to
If you don't include the information we ask for, we
will not be able to respond to your email.
We try our very best to answer but we sometimes run out of time and spare hands
with which to do so.
We have no paid staff to man the telephones with, nor any funding for a wildlife
We rely on you, the finders, to bring the animal needing care in
Please be advised also that due to the fact we are not paid by any gov't for the
services we provide, and fund this primarily out of pocket and through
donations, we DO NOT offer a wildlife pickup service. Orphaned,
injured and distressed wildlife need to be brought to our facility, we depend
on you to help us with that.
Our primary obligation is to the animals currently in our clinic
for care. They come first, so please be patient.
When you bring us wildlife to care for, please consider making:
a donation (in any amount) to help with the cost of their care.
We cannot assume 100% of the cost of care for each native wild
animal by using our personal finances.
Native wild animals belong to every citizen in the province; they are a natural
resource and our collective responsibility.
Even the smallest of donations add up. Thank you for your understanding!
Our greatest need is for monetary donations to help
offset the high cost of specialized care.
Without donations, we are forced to limit intakes,
which means that many animals won't get the help they need and deserve.
We also need supplies, never ending supplies...be sure to check out our
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and share it with others to help us!! Thank you!
Niagara Wildlife Haven is not a zoo. We are a wildlife clinic and very
busy rehabilitation facility and are not open to the public for tours. It is
against the law for us to put any wildlife in our care on 'display' to the
It is best to confirm with us by email before arriving
unannounced. At times we may not have room for certain species as we do not have
unlimited caging, unlimited funds or space to house them all. We are
unpaid volunteers so please keep that in mind. We are not provided with
paid staff for a 24 hr round the clock telephone answering service. We are
volunteers and are here full time, putting in an average of 18-20 hrs per day
during rehab season - however - we are human and do need to try to fit in some
sleep now and then.
We are unable to take calls after 9 pm. Thank you for your kind
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To provide experienced, skilled and specialized care and
for orphaned, injured, sick or displaced wildlife in Niagara,
and return them, in a healthy state, back to the wild.
Haven is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Canadian Wildlife
We are the only facility in
the Niagara peninsula
that is authorized for all species.
We cover a large area and accept wildlife from the Niagara
peninsula - in general, the areas:
* south and east of Hamilton and Dunnville to the Niagara River;
* between the south shore of Lake Ontario and the north shore
of Lake Erie;
* Grimsby, Beamsville, Winona, Vineland,
* Welland, Wainfleet, Port Colborne, Pelham,
* Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, Fort Erie,
* St. Catharines, West Lincoln, Thorold; and
* portions of the Guelph District as referred to us by the MNRF.
There is a very large native wildlife population in these
and their habitats are
being encroached upon in very rapid fashion, by development
and urban sprawl.
We do not receive
any funding from any level of government, be it provincial,
federal, regional or
at the city, town and/or township levels.
We are only able
to care for wildlife through compassionate donations
made by members of the public - YOU!
Please give generously so we can keep
the doors open and continue this important work with these animals.
When we admit these
wild animals, it's important to remember that
unlike humans (and some pets)
they don't carry any health insurance policies so
the cost of their care can (and often does) exceed our means.
When that happens we can't
accept any more wildlife for care. Donations are critical to our ability to provide