Last Updated: May 2016
Animal Control and Wildlife Control are terms that differ on many levels and are often mixed up. Understanding the difference between the two will help you receive the correct information and get in contact with the right help.
Animal Control handles mostly domestic animal cases, like dogs or cats
Wildlife Control deals with wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, skunks, bats etc. and are handled by private companies when on private property.
In Toronto and the GTA, animal control is handled by the city, who are responsible for preventing cruelty to animals, enforcing animal cruelty bylaws and housing stray animals.
They often provide the following:
- Pet licensing
- Animal Welfare
- Unwated animals
- Barking Complaints
- Animals running at large
- Helping homeless, hungry or hurt animals
Here are several organization who can help you with animal services
- Toronto Animal Services
- Toronto Humane Society
- Ontario SPCA
- Humane Society of Canada
- PAWS Canada
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- Brampton Animal Services
- Hamilton/Burlington SPCA
- Mississauga Humane Society
- Oakville Humane Society
- Oshawa Animal Control
- Vaughan Animal Services
For information on pet safety, food safety for pets, pet-proofing, and natural disaster prep for pet owners check out this great Pet Safety Guide by Expertise.
Wildlife control technicians handle animals who are generally seen in the wild and are not domesticated.
SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated provides the following services:
- Raccoon Removal
- Squirrel Removal
- Bird Removal
- Bat Removal
- Skunk Removal
- Ground Hog Removal
- Opossum Removal
- Mice Removal
- Rat Removal
- Wasp Removal
SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated does not handle geese. If you are experiencing geese problems, try Geese Management
For bears and other dangerous large wildlife, contact the police or the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
Animal control and wildlife control differ in the animal species they manage, but they both promote and protect the health and safety of people and animals. Both animal and wildlife control organizations should be professional and humane; to be well versed and familiar not only with wildlife regulations and species conservation but also with laws, rules and regulations relevant to wildlife management.