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Below is our network of contacts for various animal-related issues, sanctuaries and rescues.
Animal Justice Canada
Animal Justice Canada is Canada’s only national animal law advocacy organization.
1. Animal Justice Canada is a Canadian Registered Charity, 803997212RR0001.
2. Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund (“Animal Justice”) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit dedicated to advocating for the humane treatment of animals.
Animal Welfare Services (AWS)
Animal Welfare Services (AWS) within Ontario’s Ministry of the Solicitor General is responsible for enforcing the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 (PAWS Act). The PAWS Act came into force on January 1, 2020. Enabled by the PAWS Act, Ontario’s animal welfare system includes a provincial enforcement model comprised of a Chief Animal Welfare Inspector and teams of provincially deployed and specialized animal welfare inspectors who have powers to conduct investigations and help animals in distress. The PAWS Act also empowers police officers and First Nations Constables to take action when an animal is in distress.
The PAWS Act and its regulations help to ensure that animals are protected and treated in a humane manner. Protections include setting out basic standards of care that apply to all animals covered under the Act, specific standards of care that apply to dogs kept outdoors, standards of care for captive primates, marine mammals and captive wildlife, standards for enclosures for captive wildlife, and prohibitions against causing or permitting distress to an animal.
If you believe an animal is in distress or being mistreated, please call the Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre (OAPCC) at 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625) to report the details of your concerns so that they can be fully investigated. Based on the location and nature of the incident, the OAPCC may flag the ticket for further investigation with the appropriate authorities, such as a provincial inspector or the local police.
The OAPCC is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reporting to the OAPCC ensures prompt and appropriate triaging. Please bear in mind that they receive a very high volume of calls. Calls made to AWS are received through the OAPCC. The OAPCC cannot provide information about what calls have been received or the status of ongoing inspections and/or investigations.
Call 911 in an emergency when any life is in immediate danger. The PAWS Act provides police and First Nations Constables with authority to enforce the PAWS Act.
Please also note that any alleged violations of the Criminal Code of Canada should be directed to the local police of the relevant jurisdiction.
Authorized Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitators
Here is the list of all Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitators who have a valid Wildlife Custodian Authorization.
Cushing Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, International School for Earth Studies (Québec)
The Cushing Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is run by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Please note: this establishment is also a business. Their wildlife sanctuary activities include rehabilitating the local indigenous wildlife. Those animals not able to return to the wild become permanent education animals. Animals they rescue and release include foxes, bear cubs, skunks, raccoons, deer fawns, coyotes, and birds of prey.
Farm Animal Sanctuaries
Here is a list of Ontario’s Farm Animal Sanctuaries. Visting various farm animal sanctuaries is an excellent alternative to a zoo.
Ministry of Ontario's Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF)
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre
Ottawa Humane Society (OHS)
The OHS provides a safe haven for domestic animals with nowhere else to turn. They are involved with rescuing, reuniting and re-homing these animals.
Ottawa Rabbit Rescue
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA focuses on four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time. These areas are in the: laboratories, food industry, clothing trade and entertainment industry. PETA also works on a variety of other issues including the cruel killing of rodents, birds and other animals who are often considered “pests”. Finally, they also work on cases involving cruelty to domesticated animals.
Their motto: “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” provides a very powerful message.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC)
SMACC strongly discourages people from watching or sharing cruelty content. However, if you have seen cruelty content on social media, first and foremost please report it to the platform even if you think that they will ignore your report.
Then please report it to SMACC. Information provided by the public is a valuable part of SMACC’s strategy to combat the proliferation of online animal cruelty content.
Wildlife Transport Services
1. Ontario Wildlife Transport is a volunteer organization assisting people with no other means of transport to get injured and orphaned wildlife to Wildlife Rescue Centers across the province. OWT’s goal is to get wildlife in need into care as quickly as possible.
Interested drivers who would like to volunteer with OWT can visit https://www.facebook.com/
For questions or to submit a transport request, please send OWT a message at https://www.facebook.com/
2. Contact Susan Stacey at 705-772-6044.
3. Contact Team Chelsea at 905-666-4676.
In Canada ...
For animals in immediate danger, please call police at 911.
In Ontario ...
llegal activity related to plants and wildlife can be reported to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry — 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667).
You can report suspected animal abuse and welfare issues to:
- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625);
- The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCS) at 1-888-668-7722 ext. 327, or email [email protected];
- Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477);
- The RCMP;
- Your local police; and,
- Your local Ontario SPCA Animal Center, Affiliated SPCA or Humane Society.
In Ottawa, Ontario ...
The city of Ottawa Bylaw Services transports injured stray domestic pets and wildlife. The Bylaw Services brings these animals to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) for care. Therefore, for sick or injured wildlife and stray pets please call 311.
For large wildlife such as deer, moose and bear, please call Ottawa Police Services at 613-236-1222.
In Quebec ...
If you have information regarding animal cruelty or neglect please call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Western Quebec at 819-770-7722.
Please report any illegal activity related to plants and wildlife to the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs.