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GSPL education workshop tour: 2018 edition!

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Come check out Wild at Heart’s free education workshops at Greater Sudbury Public Library locations this summer:

August 1st – Lively branch 10:30am-11:30am

August 21st – Capreol branch 6:30-7:30pm

August 23rd – Dowling branch 1:30-2:30pm

August 24th – Main branch 10:30-11:30am


Can’t attend? Book your own education workshop here.


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Wild at Heart is in desperate need of a washer. Ours is broken, and we have animals that need linen for their cages! If you are able to donate a working washer, please email us (, or call us at 705-692-4478.

Surprise Fox Visit!

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“We released the little vixen that was taken to Wild at Heart a couple months back after capturing it due to severe mange – it would not have survived the brutal 6 weeks of winter ahead at that time. Thank you to your dedicated volunteers who are all so caring for our wildlife!

After Wild at Heart’s treatments and return to good health of an animal, we do ‘soft releases’, leaving a bit of food at or near the release site for a week or two to help the animal get ‘acquainted’ to being back in nature.

We always try to select suitable habitat away from built-up areas to give them a better chance of survival. We also try to set up a trail cam on the site to determine if the animal is coming to the food or what other wildlife appears. When we get fewer appearances of the released animal, we stop feeding. Sometimes they never come back to the release site; sometimes they return several times over the couple weeks then we stop feeding.

Using a trail camera, we got lots of pictures. I was scanning through and found quite a few of a healthy fox then found this one picture of 2 FOXES IN THE SAME FRAME!!! I am fairly certain that the recent release is the smaller one and the larger even healthier one is the one we released in the same area just last fall also after treatment for mange. Nice to see she found a friend!”

-Jim, Elliot Lake


You can support the recovery of future mangey, injured, orphaned, and emaciated foxes brought to Wild at Heart by symbolically adopting one here. Each package comes with a fact sheet, donation letter, artist card, volunteer-drawn photo (pictured below), and personalized certificate.

Way to go, Flames!

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St. Francis School Community, with the Special Education Charity Champs, collected items for the Wild At Heart Animal Refuge. Along with over $100 in cash, staff and students contributed paper towel, toilet paper, Kleenex, dish soap, plastic bags, nuts and seeds and so much more.

Paint Night a Success!

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What a success! Ten participants visited Wild at Heart on June 21, 2018 for our first paint night event! Under the instruction of local artist Debra Lynn Ireland, the children painted a raccoon based on a photo of a raccoon rehabilitated and released from our Centre in 2017.

Stayed tuned to our Facebook page and website for more upcoming events!


Operating Hours: 9am-5pm, 7 days a week

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Lately we have had a number of individuals stopping at our Centre to try to look at our animals, with some people even trying to get into the cages. We will now be locking our front gate throughout the day and evening, and ask that everyone please respect that these are wild animals that are being rehabilitated – they are not for viewing. They are becoming more tame and stressed from the increase in human interaction, which will severely decrease their chances at thriving in the wild. Wild at Heart’s volunteers and staff kindly ask that you only visit our Centre if you have a wild animal to drop off, and that you look to our Facebook page, website, or YouTube channel to get a closer look at the animals in our care.

Thank you.

Congratulations, Luca!

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Congratulations to Luca Masetti, one of Wild at Heart’s full-time volunteer animal care interns from last year, for winning the United Way GenNext Volunteer Award for Animal Welfare. Luca is a Master’s graduate from Italy that came to Wild at Heart for hands-on experience with wildlife, and quickly became our evening shift leader. He, along with all of our interns, go above and beyond to ensure all our rehabilitating animals around-the-clock care, and the best chance at returning back to the wild. Great work, Luca!

Cubs group visits Wild at Heart

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Thank you to the Scouts Canada Cubs group for visiting our Centre May 29th! We had a great time with the group as we played animal trivia, learned about caring for orphaned wildlife, and gave a tour of some of the animals in our care! The group fundraised over $100 worth of materials which will be used for our animal care this summer – thank you!

Looking to book your own education workshop? Our workshops run for 1-2hrs, and are appropriate for ages 4+. We have a range of topics available, which you can view here.