Notice: Due to the impact of COVID-19. The following services have been altered:

  • City property: Wildlife cadavers including squirrels will be picked up. Small cadavers such as birds, rodents/mice will not be picked up
  • Private property:
    • only skunks & large wildlife cadavers (raccoons, coyotes, deer and opossums) will be collected
    • skunks, raccoons opossums and unowned domestic animals should be bagged and placed at the curb
    • Coyotes and deer do not have to be bagged or brought to the curb for pickup
    • small wild animals cadavers such as birds, squirrels, rats mice will not be picked up and should be bagged and placed in the garbage.

A service request for pick-up of a dead animal, can be submitted online at by calling 311 for:

  • Wildlife or domestic animal cadavers on the City road allowance (road, boulevard or sidewalk)
  • Wildlife or domestic animal cadavers in City parks/beach if it is safe for Animal Services to do so
  • Wildlife or unowned domestic animal cadavers on private property (animal must be bagged and placed on the curb for pick-up)
  • Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff are responsible for the care of zoo animals in City parks (High Park, Toronto Island, Riverdale Farm), If you have concerns about zoo animals at these facilities, please contact 311 to be referred to the appropriate staff.

Note: the following small dead animals/ wildlife on public or private property will not be picked up by Toronto Animal Services:

  • mice
  • rats
  • small birds
  • chipmunks

The only City division that will pick-up dead mice, rats, small birds and chipmunks, is Solid Waste Management Services, when it is bagged and set out as regular garbage collection. Animal Services will pick-up squirrels on city property.

Please identify if this is a large or small animal at the time of making your report, to assist Animal Services in the resources required for pick-up. A large animal is an animal larger than a raccoon or opossum (a large animal would be a deer, large dog etc.). Deceased animals picked up by Animal Services are cremated.

  • For domestic animal cadavers or wildlife cadavers located in a watercourse, contact 311 to be connected with the Parks, Forestry & Recreation


  • Animal Services will not climb trees, deconstruct decks, fences, porches or go into a lake or stream to pick-up a dead animal. If there is a dead animal under a deck or porch, please call a private company for removal of the animal.
  • Do not touch the dead animal with bare hands. Wear gloves or use a double plastic bag to pick it up and place it in another plastic bag. Wash your hands

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