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Wildlife Hotline 613-416-9641
We'll do our best to answer calls about wildlife in need of help 365 days a year between 8am and 8pm.
For non-
urgent issues and general queries, our preferred method of communication is Facebook Messenger
Note: Photos and videos will help us to assess the condition of the animal you are concerned about.
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Deer mice released May 2022
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Ginny released Oct 2021
  • If an animal is in significantly injured and suffering, please call the City of Ottawa Bylaw at 3-1-1 for rescue or pick-up. You can also bring injured wildlife to the Municipal Animal Shelter within the Ottawa Humane Society, Lost and Found door, 245 West Hunt Club Rd. Call first at 613-725-3166, ext 223 to let them know you will be arriving. (Municipal Animal Shelter hours: Monday to Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm; Closed Statutory Holidays)

  • In the event that HHWR has reached capacity, we will direct you to Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a large rehab centre located just south of Ottawa in North Gower, working with wild mammals and reptiles (including turtles).

  • Regretfully, our permit with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources prohibits us from taking in animals from Quebec. Here are some Quebec wildlife contacts which we hope can help you:

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