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Wildlife Rescue & Rehab Volunteer Project, Canada

4 weeks-3 Months from

minimum age

  • Get hands-on experience working with rescued wildlife, including moose, bears, raccoons and otters
  • Help to conserve and protect native mammal species
  • Be part of the journey of an orphaned animal – from eyes closed to being released back into the wild
  • Explore an incredible and unique ecosystems in Ontario

Food, Lodging and Travel

Volunteers are responsible for transportation costs to and from the Sanctuary, as well as all food expenses during your stay. A shared kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, hot plates, fridge/freezer, toasters, outdoor BBQ, etc. for preparing your own meals.

Free, shared, rustic but comfortable accommodations, with one or two bunk beds per room, are provided. A common room is available for relaxing with other volunteers and WiFi is available on site.

You are responsible for bringing your own bed sheets (twin size), pillow and towels. We do supply blankets and comforters, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Washroom facilities are shared and may be co-ed – depending on the composition of volunteers, and laundry facilities are available at no cost, with laundry detergent provided.

On arrival at the bus stop, a staff member will drive you to the grocery store before heading to the centre.  Come prepared with your grocery list and remove the stress of meal planning on the spot! You should plan for 1 week’s worth of meals.  Volunteers are driven to town once a week to shop for groceries and any other provisions. All costs for food and other provisions are your responsibility.  Local grocery stores accept cash and credit cards.  Water from our tap is safe to drink and really good.

Travelling to the Wildlife Rescue Centre

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. We prefer you to arrive on a weekday, if possible. If your flight to Toronto arrives in the afternoon, please book a hotel and arrange to take the bus the following day.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the nearest airport. You will be taking the Ontario Northland Bus from Toronto to Parry Sound. You can catch the Ontario Northland Bus in either of two locations: 1) downtown Toronto or 2) Yorkdale.  The cost is approx 130 CAD and takes 2.5-3 hours. Once you arrive in Parry Sound, you will be collected and taken to the centre.  No arrivals after 5pm, as its a 30 mins drive from Parry Sound to the centre.

To be a volunteer at this rescue centre, you can get an ETA (electronic travel authorisation) to come for 6 months or less and only costs around $7 (CAD).

If you wish to stay longer than 6 months, then an International Experience Canada is needed which costs a few hundred dollars but is valid for staying in Canada for two years (an Individual can only apply for this once and must be under the age of 30). The ETA normally only takes a couple of weeks while the other can take up to 6 months.

We can provide you with a customs letter upon request.

Free Time

There are hiking trails on the property. You may encounter native wildlife such as black bears, coyotes, deer, etc. We are in
a remote area.

The village of Rosseau is 6 km away. There is a general store, restaurant, library and a few small shops. The closest towns are Parry Sound (40 km) and Huntsville (33 km).

deer rehabilitationVolunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, passionate and willing to work long hours in a physically demanding role.

Medical insurance/health care

A rabies vaccination is mandatory if volunteering from April through October, and is highly recommended from November through March. Proof of inoculation is required before arriving.

A tetanus vaccination is also highly recommended.

It is mandatory for you to take out medical/accident insurance for the duration of your time on the programme.

Wildlife Rescue & Rehab Volunteer Project, Canada