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Have a Heart for Wild at Heart!

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Join Wild at Heart at Overtime Sports Bar and Grill (941 Notre Dame Avenue) on Wednesday, February 14th from 5-10pm for “Have a Heart for Wild at Heart”!

5% of all bills* will be donated to Wild at Heart to support our animal care and education initiatives. Wild at Heart would not be able to operate without support from our community partners, and we are thankful to have the support of Overtime Sports Bar and Grill for this fundraiser!

During the event, we will be hosting a FREE raffle, and some of our volunteers will be on-site to talk about their experiences at our Centre. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please email: monica@wahrefugecentre.org

*excludes alcohol. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

March 11th Wolves game to support WAH!

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The Sudbury Wolves are holding a fundraiser night for Wild at Heart Sunday, March 11th when the Wolves take on the Peterborough Petes! Join us during March Break for this afternoon game at 2pm. Wild at Heart will receive proceeds from tickets bought online (link below), at our Centre (95 White Road, Lively), or by mentioning Wild at Heart at the Wolves box office.

Purchase tickets here.
Code: WILD2018

Snowy Owl Released Back to Wild

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Story by Jim Moodie, for the Sudbury Star:

A rehabbed snowy owl didn’t need much time to decide it preferred the open skies to a closed cardboard box on Tuesday.

Moments after Wild At Heart worker Hannah Tennet pried open the flaps on the container, the yellow-eyed beauty unfurled its black-flecked wings and flapped off into the sun, if not quite the sunset.

The release took place shortly after 2 p.m., giving the big downy raptor a few hours yet of daylight to reorient herself and search for food. Unlike most owls, this type is not nocturnal, and will hunt mostly in the daytime.

It was a lack of food, however, combined with cold, that caused the bird to arrive at Wild at Heart in the first place.

Operations manager Monica Seidel said the centre took in the owl on Dec. 13, after a resident in the Hanmer area found it rooting around for scraps in their yard.

“It was looking for food in the garbage and couldn’t fly when approached,” she said, adding several crows had noticed the ailing owl and were circling around to attack her.

The weather had recently turned bitterly cold, which sent rodents and other critters that owls will typically dine on into hiding, so there was little wild food available.

In her weakened state, the owl was also more vulnerable to the cold, and “ice had started to form on its feet,” said Seidel.

Tennet noted snowy owls “have poor circulation in their feet and can get frostbite quite easily.”

Read the full Sudbury Star article here.

 


Snowy Owl Talons. Photo by Stephanie Delay.

Adopt a snowy owl staying at Wild at Heart here.

Purchase a snowy owl mug, featuring a snowy owl that was rehabilitated at Wild at Heart here.

 

2018 Calendars Now Available!

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You can get your 2018 Wild at Heart calendars by visiting our Centre (95 White Road, Lively), by calling our Centre (705-692-4478), ordering online, or visiting businesses across Sudbury (full list here). These calendars are filled with animal stories and photos from animals rehabilitated over the past year at our Centre, as well as intern testimonials, a message from our President & Founder, Dr. Rod Jouppi, and much more! Some species this year include: snapping turtle, sandhill crane, black bear, white-tailed deer, and weasel!

Calendar sales are only possible because of our community partnerships, and volunteer network to sell the calendars. They are $20 each, and are our biggest fundraiser of the year. Thank you for your support!

 

Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s calendar: Orion Printing, Jim’s Portable Toilets & Septic Service, Pinehill Lumber, Canadian Shield Adjusters, Dryland Fine Woodworking, Betty Ann McPherson (MA, RP), Memory Gardens, Walden Pet Food Plus, Morin Industrial Coatings Limited, William Day Construction Limited, Pet Valu Regent, Jim’s Automotive Service, Marc of Excellence Construction

Rehabilitated fawns happy return back to wild!

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October 19, 2017 – Manitoulin Island was warm and bright for the awaited return of two young white-tailed deer. The fawns had been raised as orphans at Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre since the beginning of the summer. When they were admitted, they were very small, nervous, and needed around-the-clock care from our trained interns. Young fawns are only fed a few times a day, just as they would be by mom in the wild. This is because fawns are born scentless, which helps hide them from predators while the fawns sit in tall grasses and fields until mom returns to feed them. Oftentimes, well-intentioned members of the public can grow concerned when they find a fawn alone, but rest assured if the fawn looks bright and healthy, mom is close by finding food for herself, and keeping her distance to help keep her young safe. If you are ever concerned about a suspected orphaned wild animal, please call our Centre to speak with our trained staff before bringing an animal to us (705-692-4478).

Fawns being moved into a horse trailer for transport to Manitoulin Island. Transport provided by the Fieldings.

These fawns were bottle-fed specialized formula, and stimulated regularly to ensure proper digestion. Their milk has specific nutrients and diet requirements for ungulates, or hoofed mammals, and cannot be purchased at a grocery store or pet store. They are very social animals which need to be raised with other deer to ensure a successful release back into the wild. As these fawns grew, they were offered a variety of branches, grasses, and fruits and vegetables around their cage so they could practice foraging techniques. They also grew up together: oftentimes they could be seen cleaning each other after eating, and following each other around the cage! As they grew stronger, they grew more curious of their cage, and explored and ran about.

Two fawns arrived as young orphans at our Centre this summer.

Orphaned mammals require months of specialized care at our Centre. They often arrive very young, and need to be weaned from formula, and then placed in an outside cage where they can practice natural skills like climbing, catching fish, foraging, and socializing. This care takes a host of volunteers, as well as community donations of food and money. Wild at Heart would like to especially thank Smith’s Markets and our dedicated volunteers for their support raising the fawns this summer. Without the hundreds of volunteers Wild at Heart has across four committees (animal care, education, construction, and fundraising), we simply would not be able to sustain our Centre.

The young fawns at their release site.

It is an amazing experience to see a wild animal grow, and learn to take care of itself on its own. As these fawns grew older and more independent, we began looking for a suitable release site. Deer are particularly difficult to find spots for, as they need a large plot of land to inhabit, and readily available food to last during the difficult winter months. Wavy Farms on Manitoulin Island was the perfect fit. Thank you to Katrina and Craig Fielding, and everyone at Wavy Farms for their warm welcome, and for providing a safe spot for these fawns on their property. Their property gives these fawns a second chance at a wild life, the goal with every animal that is admitted to our Centre.

Wavy Farms was the perfect home for these fawns. Thank you to the Fieldings for all their help during the release!

Wild at Heart is an acute care centre that helps hundreds of animals each year, and we are the only centre of its kind in Northern Ontario. An animal’s interests are always the number one priority for us, no matter how long the recovery period might be. These fawns were at our Centre for 6 months. When we arrived at the release spot, one of the fawns took off right away to explore its new, permanent home. We couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional watching her run off, having worked with the fawns all summer, but we knew in our hearts that they were finally back where they belonged.

 

Did you know you can symbolically adopt a white-tailed fawn? Your donation will help us provide the average monthly cost for food, bedding, and medication. Each adoption package comes with a: personalized certificate, 4″x6″ hand-drawn postcard, adoption letter, animal fact sheet, and artist bio. Symbolic adoptions make great birthday, wedding, and holiday gifts!

Read the Sudbury Star article covering this story: “Sudbury-area deer return to bush”

Adopt A: Raccoon

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Symbolic adoptions are a great gift to give for every occasion! This symbolic adoption allows Wild at Heart to complete daily animal care tasks which ensure our Centre runs smoothly and the wildlife in our care are well looked after during their rehabilitation journey. The hundreds of animals that come through our doors each year all require species-specific diets, medication, wound management, and clean cages. Raccoons require de-worming medication, and a variety of food options, like fruit, vegetables, insects, eggs, dog kibble, fish, and meat. Each adoption kit comes with:

-A personalized adoption certificate (5″x7″)

-An information sheet about the animal your money will support

-A hand-drawn print of the animal, drawn by our animal care interns (5″x7″)

-A letter detailing how your support allows Wild at Heart to continue rehabilitating Northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife

-An artist biography card

Pick-up at our Centre (95 White Road, Lively, ON) can also be arranged by calling us at 705-692-4478. Drawing may not be exactly as shown in photo.