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V.I.P. Information Night – A Huge Success!

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 Wild At Heart V.I.P. Information Night – March 2, 2016


A big thank you to everyone who came out to our V.I.P. information night last night! It was a great night of conversation and information as founder Dr. Rod Jouppi talked about Wild At Heart’s future goals and our strong focus on education. There is a distinct focus on public education when dealing with wildlife in order to reduce human-wildlife conflict. This is particularly important when leading up to our busy season. Please call the Centre (705-692-4478) before bringing in an animal so our staff can help determine the proper course of action before human intervention has happened.


Educational Display highlighting Wild At Heart’s mandate of rehabilitating injured, sick, and orphaned animals,
as well as information about our four committees – construction, education, fundraising, and animal care.
Also on display were typical beaver, raccoon, and squirrel and chipmunk diets depending on their age.


The evening in full swing – refreshments and food courtesy of Sixth Avenue Golf and Country Club.
Thank you to Chef Andrew for his time and delicious treats!

Thank you to all of the volunteers and interns for helping with set-up, and for being advocates for our volunteer program throughout the night. They were great at taking questions about volunteering, the animals in our care, and sharing about their time here. Wild At Heart would also like to thank Sixth Avenue Golf and Country Club for donating their time and resources to making this event a success.

Our gift shop was open with beautiful hand-crafted items, and tickets also went on sale for our Annual Wild About Comedy night Friday June 3, 2016. These items will be available for purchase in the coming weeks on our website. The photo below is a sneak peek!


Gift shop items – to be on sale online soon!

The event was also covered by the Sudbury Star in a story featured on their homepage today (March 3, 2016). The article highlights many projects we are excited for in 2016, including wheelchair accessible ramps to our newly renovated education centre, live-time cameras, one-way glass, and have an on-site surgical suite and radiology and intensive care area, among others. Many changes have already occurred at the Centre, including cage renovations, the beginnings of our intensive care area, and general organization and painting. Thank you to all of our construction volunteers who have been hard at work to help ready our Centre for our busy season coming up!

We were also featured in the Northern Life (March 3, 2016).

If you would like more information about volunteering with any of our four committees (construction, education, fundraising, and animal care), simply fill in an application form on our website and we will be in contact with you shortly!

Letter from the President

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Dear Animal Lover :

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

During my career as a veterinarian, I have had the pleasure of caring for wildlife for over 35 years. Wild at Heart has been a very active registered Canadian charity for over eight years. In that time, we have built a facility that has been able to professionally care for hundreds of wild animals this past year alone.

We have attended at many events over the year that has allowed us to educate people on the importance of the environment and the wild animals that inhabit it.

Did you know that we receive absolutely no funding from anywhere other than the kind and thoughtful contributions of people and corporations like you?

Donations and volunteers are essential to our program. We are able to provide excellent care for many animals because of our grass roots organization.

Did you know that we are the only wildlife rehabilitation centre in North Eastern Ontario?

In order to provide professional care for wild animals we require expensive food, housing and medications. Ella, our young moose calf has required 2 surgeries in the past several weeks at the Ontario Veterinary College because of a badly broken leg. She is still not out of the woods although the healing is headed in the right direction. She has gained weight and still has a large second cast on her leg as well as external pins. She needs almost constant care. Ella will hopefully be released this spring as a healthy young moose. Ella’s care since June has cost over $4,000.00.

Wild at Heart also provides care for species at risk in Ontario such as Blanding turtles … they are often admitted with severe injuries because of trauma on our highways that are built in their habitat …. They need surgery and care for months before they can be released. Humans cause most of these problems either directly or indirectly. It is up to humans to recognize that we have a moral responsibility to help wild animals in need.

Over this coming winter, we will be caring for over fifty wild mammals and birds since they cannot be released in mid winter and we are already gearing up for the hundreds of orphan and injured wild animals that we will admit this spring. If you can help us, we would greatly appreciate it. We welcome all donations and if you would like to volunteer, we would also welcome your time. Donations can also be made through PayPal by visiting our website at Any donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Thank you!


Rod Jouppi.


Uh-Oh! Winter is Coming!

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Winter is just around the corner! Wild at Heart needs your support to help our critters stay warm and healthy over the winter months. As most of you know, heating costs rise during this time and with an 8,000 sq ft. building, these costs often get very expensive.

We do over-winter animals in order to make sure they are ready to be reintroduced into the wild during the spring/summer. We have a lot of turtles that eat a lot of earthworms! Nuts, almonds and the sort are always needed for our over-wintered birds and some mammals.

To help us, please click the donate button! Your support is needed and greatly appreciated!

Ella needs your help!

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Our moose calf Ella broke her leg and we need your help. She was playing in her pen when she fell down, and her hind leg broke. We are driving her down to the Large Animal Clinic at the University of Guelph Veterinary College for surgery – it’s a complicated break and we need experts for the repair. There are some risks involved with the surgery, and the break is severe, but the veterinarians think there’s a decent chance that it will heal. We are determined to do our best to give her every chance to live a wild life again. Please keep Ella in your thoughts today and wish her good luck, she’s going to need it. The cost is estimated at $2,000, but it may be more. We need your help to cover these unexpected costs.

Chelmsford Public School grade 5/6 class raised funds and donations for Wild At Heart!

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We are very happy to announce that Matthew Carroll’s Grade 5/6 class at Chelmsford Public School fundraised $775 for Wild At Heart, and collected many boxes of donated items!

That was a huge accomplishment completed in less than a month, and we are very thankful!

The animals are going to benefit greatly from the hard work put in by these students!

Thank you!