About Us

We help wildlife get back home to the wild

Many wildlife adapt to living in our urban Ottawa environments, but they face many challenges. Mothers are accidentally killed by cars or illegally trapped and relocated, leaving behind orphaned babies. If they lose their mother while they are young and vulnerable, these babies have no hope except for the care we provide.

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit corporation and registered charity (registration # 82731 7744 RR0001). Our mission is to treat and care for injured or orphaned wild mammals and reptiles until they are healthy enough to be returned to the wild. We also offer advice on co-existing peacefully with wildlife, and preventing or solving wildlife conflicts using humane, cost-effective ways.

The sanctuary, located in North Gower, Ontario, was established in 2005 and has cared for more than 6,000 wild animals. At present, we admit approximately 1,000 wild mammals and reptiles each year.

We take care of injured and orphaned wildlife because caring volunteers, donors and supporters make it possible. Thank you for your support.