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Project Impact 2018 – THANK YOU!!

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Thank you to everyone who voted for Wild at Heart in Project Impact 2018! We received 403 votes – #2 overall! We are extremely grateful to the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, and Project Impact, for providing this opportunity to our organization, and many other deserving local initiatives. Wild at Heart is excited to host a free, 3-day summer camp for children ages 6-12. Registration forms will become available on our website and Facebook page mid-April, 2018.

Photo: Heidi Ulrichsen/Sudbury.com

Read the Sudbury.com article here.

March Break Camp A Success!

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What an amazing turnout for Wild at Heart’s animal care workshops held during the New Sudbury Centre’s March Break programming! Our volunteers hosted a PowerPoint presentation, crafts, and games from 10am-6pm, hosting over 250 children!

Wild at Heart would like to thank: the New Sudbury Centre staff, Science North, Service Ontario, and our Wild at Heart March Break team: Maia, Monica, Aline, Peter, Kim, Philip, Payton, and Jim.

You can check out our full photo album here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about Wild at Heart’s education outreach programming, please visit http://wahrefugecentre.org/education-workshops

Seedy Saturday – March 3rd

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Thank you to the Sudbury Gardening Festival for hosting another great Seedy Saturday event on March 3rd! Wild at Heart was boothing to talk about our on-site pollinator garden, education volunteer opportunities, and sell some items from our gift shop! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to support us, and our mission to rehabilitate Northern Ontario’s sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.

Visit our shop for Wild at Heart memberships, symbolic adoptions, and hand-drawn cards.

Fill out our volunteer application form to get started helping with animal care, construction, fundraising, gardening, or education.

Vote for Wild at Heart – March 3-18th

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VOTE for Wild at Heart in Project Impact, a Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury initiative! From March 3-18th, you can vote for Wild at Heart at any Greater Sudbury Public Library branches, or online: projectimpact.ca

Wild at Heart gave a 90-second presentation about the project at the Project Impact Community Celebration on Saturday, March 3rd. You can watch it here.

As Wild at Heart continues to expand our education outreach programming, we are looking to offer free day camps to the community. From August 13-15th, we will be hosting day camps for students ages 6-12, focusing on environmental issues like wildlife-human conflict, water pollution, and pollinators and native plants, as well as a field trip to Walden Animal Hospital to learn about their partnership with Wild at Heart.

By removing the cost of admission for these camps, all students will have the opportunity to attend. Students will learn first-hand about local environmental issues, and how they can make a positive difference in their community. This will also raise awareness about Wild at Heart, and let people know where they can bring an injured, orphaned, or sick wild animal.

We need YOUR support to make this 3-day summer day camp possible! Make sure to vote in-person, or online.

Check out Wild at Heart’s Facebook event here (great for reminding you to vote!). Thank you to the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury for hosting this great, local initiative.

New Sudbury Centre – March Break Day (15th)

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Stop by the New Sudbury Centre March 15th for a full day of Wild at Heart education programming! Families will learn about Wild at Heart and the animals we care for (10am), have a chance to participate in wildlife crafts (11am), like turtle shell repair, wildlife collages, and colouring, and pretend to be wildlife in some interactive and fun games and activities (2pm), like looking at x-rays, pretending to be an owl during migration, and more! Make sure to take a photo in Wild at Heart’s mural as your favourite wild animal!

Red Fox Release

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Thank you to everyone in Elliot Lake for their continued support and commitment to helping wildlife! This fox was recently admitted to Wild at Heart with a case of mange, which is caused by parasitic mites that burrow into the skin, causing extreme skin irritation. Animals with mange are often characterized by being underweight, losing fur, a strong smell, and having their eyes shut. With a few rounds of treatment and lots of time to recover and gain weight, this fox was released back into the wild!

Symbolically adopting a fox helps cover Wild at Heart’s medical and food costs to ensure these beautiful animals can return to the wild where they belong. You can symbolically adopt a fox here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before: fox with mange                                                  After: release back to Elliot Lake
(Photos: Jim Johnson)

Save Birds Lives

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“Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives” by Nature Canada

Cats and wildlife need to be kept separate, for the benefit of both. For the cats’ sake, for wildlife’s sake, and for our own sake, we need to improve how we care for our beloved feline friends. Permitting your cat to roam unsupervised puts your pet and local wildlife at risk.

One of the most often-heard arguments for letting cats roam and hunt outdoors is that it’s natural. Being outdoors is indeed natural for cats — after all, that’s where they originated — and hunting is a normal instinct in cats.

The problem with the ‘natural’ argument is that it doesn’t take into account the fact that we feed and care for our pet cats. That care and feeding of our cats constitutes interference in the logic of the food chain. It also means that there are a lot more cats than would occur without that care.

The reality is that letting our cats outside to roam and hunt disrupts the balance of nature. Domestic cats aren’t indigenous to North America, and we keep very large numbers of them as pets. They are also concentrated where people live, in our cities and towns.

Birds and wildlife don’t have the same advantages, and when we let our cats roam freely, we expose birds and wildlife to a very high density of cats.

That’s all about the balance of nature; what about what’s good for your cat?

Many owners feel that letting their cat do what’s natural — roaming and hunting — is integral to honouring the cat’s nature as an animal. But cats face unnatural dangers in our environment. Just like dogs, cats need supervision to be protected from traffic, other cats and animals, toxins and poisons, and the many diseases and parasites they can catch, not to mention getting lost. That’s why the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and other cat-care organizations urge cat-owners to keep their cats from roaming unsupervised.

Pet cats roam and hunt for stimulation, not sustenance. There are plenty of alternative ways to meet that need without disrupting the balance of nature. You might like to explore Safe Happy Cat, our guide to keeping your cat sufficiently stimulated indoors, or Safe Outdoor Options, a resource detailing the options to let your cat out without the risks of roaming unsupervised. You might also find Tips for Transitioning and Dealing with Escape Artists useful.

Letting pet cats roam unsupervised outdoors harms the natural world and isn’t good for the cats.

Being a responsible cat owner keeps your cat safe, helps reduce the number of unowned cats in our community, and is better for the environment.

The good news is that with a little effort on your part, you can protect wildlife and your cat. Here are some links to resources on how to Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives:

Safe Outdoor Options (how to provide safe outdoor access for your cat): http://catsandbirds.ca/research/safe-outdoor-options

Safe, Happy Cat (how to provide a sufficiently stimulating indoor environment): http://catsandbirds.ca/research/safe-happy-cat

Tips for Transitioning (how to retrain an outdoor cat to be a happy indoor cat): http://catsandbirds.ca/research/tips-for-transitioning

Dealing with Escape Artists (help for cat-owners whose cats are constantly try to escape): http://catsandbirds.ca/research/dealing-with-escape-artists

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