Leaving an animal at our centre

Tundra Swan ExamintationThe Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton’s mission is to provide compassionate care for injured, orphaned, and oiled wildlife and to educate the public on the importance of wildlife in their community. Thank you for joining our team by thoughtfully assisting wildlife.

What happens when you leave an animal (birds included) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton?

Medical Care

  • Animals are assessed for life-threatening injuries and are stabilized
  • When stable, animals are given an initial thorough examination
  • If rehabilitation is not possible, humane euthanasia is provided
  • Animals are weighed and compared to normal for the species
  • Injuries are evaluated and treated
  • Fluid therapy is given to treat dehydration
  • X-rays are done on-site at our Wildlife Hospital
  • Medication and ongoing care, including wound care, physiotherapy, and sometimes alternative therapies such as acupuncture, is sought
  • Consultation with our volunteer veterinarians


  • Animals are cage rested to minimize movement and promote healing
  • Animals are moved to species-appropriate spaces as the injuries heal


  • Food appropriate for the species is provided and food intake is monitored
  • Animals are tube fed if necessary
  • Orphaned birds or mammals are hand fed until able to eat on their own


  • Animals are assessed to be sure they are able to feed and protect themselves in the wild
  • Orphaned raptors are fostered into another nest to be raised by their own species. Canada Geese are also receptive foster parents
  • A suitable environment is found for the animal’s release (when appropriate, animal is returned to the area found)
  • Release!

Please Note: The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a not-for-profit charity. The Animal Care Centre, the Wildlife Hotline, and the Community Education program are supported by donations from people like you.

Thank you for your support ~ from the WRSE staff, volunteers, and wildlife patients.

Steph releasing Bald Eagle

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our wildlife hotline at (780) 914-4118.

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