The government does not fund wildlife centres in Ontario. Most centres are heavily dependent on volunteers. Only a few have paid staff.
If you are able to donate even a few hours a week, it can make a big difference. There are a lot of ways you can help out at a wildlife centre. Do you have a skill or a trade? Do you have a car? Can you help with administration, animal care, maintenance or fund raising? There are lots of jobs necessary to keep a wildlife centre running, so volunteer.
Below are listed some of the most common jobs needed to be filled by wildlife centres:
IN CENTRE VOLUNTEERS: Help with the administration, phones and the day-to-day operations of the centre. Most centres run 7 days a week so helping evenings and weekends can make a difference.
DRIVERS: Providing transportation for injured and orphaned animals to the centres facilities.
FUND RAISING: All wildlife centres can use help in raising money from canvassing for donations to help manning booths at local festivals/events. Help with special fund raising drives.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Helping put out newsletter to supporters and donors. Writing articles and taking pictures. Getting coverage in the local newspaper or radio station. Any help with the wildlife centre communicating with the local community.
FOSTER PARENTS: Many centres have a foster care program. There are not enough rehabbers for the # of animals and that you can do it in your own home in a small way... every animal saved helps. Animals are placed in volunteer homes under the supervision of a centre authorized staff. Check what is required from the centre you would like to volunteer for.
BUILDING & MAINTANCE: Building pens and cages for animals. Repairs to building and facilities is often a constant problems
See the list of wildlife centres looking for volunteers