Sometimes, a beloved pet can accidentally become lost, or worse, injured. What do you do when you come across an injured stray animal?
If you find an injured stray in the Capital Regional District (everything south of Aspen Road on the Malahat), please contact one of the organizations below to guide you in what you should do. Many times, if an animal is injured, you will be directed to take the pet to either WAVES or Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital (CVVH), depending on your location. If an animal is not injured, one of the below organizations will advise you of the next steps to reunite them with their owner.
*Please note that WAVES is only able to take in injured stray animals.
- Victoria/Oak Bay/Esquimalt: Victoria Animal Control 250-414-0233 (after hours calls are forwarded to an officer on duty)
- Sidney/Central Saanich/North Saanich/Colwood/View Royal/Langford/Metchosin/Highlands/Sooke/South Gulf Islands/Salt Spring Island: CRD 250-478-0624, after hours line 1-800-884-0919
Outside of the CRD/Greater Victoria Area? Please contact one of the below organizations:
- Mill Bay/Duncan: Coastal Animal Control 250-748-3395 (*please note, they do not handle cats)
- Nanaimo/Comox Valley: SPCA Nanaimo 250-741-0778
Wildlife: Please contact Wild Arc directly.
What happens when I find an injured or stray animal?
When a stray or injured animal arrives at our hospital, we take every measure possible to try to help reunite that animal with their owner, as well as provide necessary emergency care until an owner can be found. Each stray/injured animal that is brought into our hospital is scanned for a microchip or searched for a tattoo in efforts to identify them. We also check with local pet organizations such as FLED, FLEC and ROAM to hopefully reunite pets with their families.