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.
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 centre.
FUND RAISING: All wildlife centres can use help in raising money from canvassing for donations to help manning booths at local festivals/events.
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Helping put out newsletter to supporters and donors. Writing articles and taking pictures. 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.
See the list of wildlife centres looking for volunteers