Animal Care is a small “non-profit” facility located in
. The MNR does not subsidize
facilities; and unlike some of the larger facilities which can receive
grants and subsidies, R.C.S. relies on the generosity of individuals for
donations which helps defray costs for food, shelter and medical
supplies and or medications, which can run into the hundreds of dollars
in any given season. Through
the support of those we have come to befriend over the years, food
donations have become a blessing. Fortunately,
because of the help we have received over the years, and the fact that
my husband is a genius when it comes to building cages and other
necessary implements from virtually nothing,
the money used for shelter can be redirected to purchase other
items to ensure a comfortable environment for the animals in care.
Currently, I am the only one with my Authorization from the MNR;
however, my husband and life partner Horst is my one and only on-site
builder for my cages and most importantly, my official
Presenting public information/educational displays on wildlife helps
support area rehabbers, but more importantly, it provides an opportunity
for us to speak with and re-educate those on wildlife and to help share
our knowledge with those who share the same interest.
At R.C.S. Animal Care, our main focus is to reiterate the 5 R’s —
Rescue; Repair; Rehabilitate; Release; and Report:
Rescue involves responding to a call when there is proof an
animal has been abandoned or orphaned, or is sick and/or injured;
Repair involves medical treatment of any wounds; or simply a
matter of hydrating the animal;
Rehabilitation tends to be the fun part!
Wildlife usually adapts pretty readily to their outdoor
surroundings; however, when they are still babies, they are confined to
a caged area and need to be fed and cleaned.
Introducing new food items to their diet can provide an
entertaining time for those caring for the animals.
The whole idea of rehabilitating is to interact with as little
human contact as possible; and the animal will revert to its wildness
once it is released; usually within weeks;
Release of a wild animal can be detrimental to its survival.
Current Ministry Regulations require that the animal be released
within 1 km of its original capture; and,
Report - Ministry regulations require that all wildlife
rehabilitators record (within 24 hours) and maintain a log book of all
animals taken in and their eventual disposition.
Since becoming “legal”, we have raised numerous raccoons, chipmunks
and squirrels; hence the name R.C.S.
While living in the country often brings skunks, possum, coyote,
fox and deer to our area, we have yet to raise any.
releasing a litter of coons in a yet to be harvested corn field, Horst
created his latest invention - a "coon carrier" just wide enough
to maneuver through the corn rows.
only has Horst been there to help feed, clean and care for the critters
we have looked after, he has also been instrumental in building cages
such as this outdoor pen. This two-bedroom apartment measures 8’ x 5’ x 4’ and comes complete
with dining area, washroom facilities and play area!