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THANK YOU earthdancers!

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Wild at Heart would like to thank the earthdancers for again raising monies for our organization through their benefit performance on April 20th. They raised $370 for Wild at Heart, which will go towards specialized food, medicine, and housing for the hundreds of animals we will see this summer. Thank you!

Learn more about the earthdancers.

Help Us Pick Our New Symbolic Adoptions!

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Wild at Heart is looking to expand our symbolic adoption program. Which animals would you like to see added?

Have your say here:


Options include: bald eagle, barn swallow, black bear, common raven, mallard duck, mouse,. raccoon, red fox, snapping turtle, or snowy owl.


Feature image: “Black Bear” by Jaclyn Hickson, 2016.

Babies: Wildlife-Human Conflict

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BABY ALERT! As the warmer weather arrives, you may discover a wildlife family has taken up residence in your attic, shed, or boat!

BOATERS – before moving your boat from one location to the next, make sure to check all compartments inside for baby animals. If you find any, place them in a box nearby, give them a bit of space and time, and the mother will be able to take them to another safe spot. This is especially true for squirrels, as the mothers make multiple nests.

HOME OWNERS – if you find a family of raccoons in your attic or shed, you can scare them away without the need for a pest control company or trapping the mother. For 2-3 days, make the site uncomfortable for the mother – you can leave a radio playing, have lights shining on the area, making noises (banging pots), and hanging plastic bags with rags and apple cider vinegar in them. Make sure to be persistent. When you do these things, the mother feels unsafe and will move her babies to another location. Make sure to give her time to move all of her babies before sealing up the entrance way!

Wild at Heart is here to help! If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 705-692-4478.

2017 Calendar Fundraiser Success!

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Wild at Heart would like to thank everyone for making our annual calendar fundraiser such a success this year! We raised approximately $14,000, with all proceeds going towards Wild at Heart and our mission to rehabilitate Northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.

Our #1 volunteer sellers this year were Sue and Judy, and our #1 businesses were Tail Blazers and Pet Valu Regent – thank you for all your hard work!

“Dine & Donate” Fundraisers for Wild at Heart

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Help fundraise for Wild at Heart while getting a great meal! When you eat at the Taphouse Northern Grill + Pub or Boston Pizza, sign the bottom of your receipt with “Wild at Heart” and drop it in the receipt box in the front entrance. The box is attached to the hostess booth right at the front entrance. If you can’t find the box, use the terminology “fundraising or team program”, or leave your receipts with a manager.

Wild at Heart will get a proceed from every bill! This fundraiser never expires, so remember to sign your receipt every time you go!

Raise Ur Paw #LetsGoOrange Campaign

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In 2016,  Raise Ur Paw made a contribution of $500.00 to Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre because of the work we do in rehabilitating Northern Ontario’s sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.
Raise Ur Paw is starting their awareness ribbon and #LetsGoOrange Campaign this April, with partial proceeds going to Wild at Heart. This campaign will include a t-shirt campaign and awareness ribbons which will not only be displayed for surrounding communities, but also via social media (Raise Ur Paw’s Facebook, Twitter).
From these campaigns, contributions gained will not only help with Raise Ur Paw’s efforts to raise awareness and help the voiceless, but to also help Wild at Heart and our vision to advance the health and well-being of our wildlife, community, and natural environment.

Please considering participating in this campaign by visiting Raise Ur Paw’s website here. The campaign is live for the next 2 weeks here.

Do You Have A Room to Billet?

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Wild at Heart is looking for close-by accommodations for our volunteer animal care interns. Many interns travel from around the world to gain hands-on wildlife experience at our Centre, and we would like to accommodate as many of them as possible! We are looking for rooms for billet between May-August 2017 – any time commitment is appreciated!

If you can help, please contact us at

Preview Wild at Heart’s Education Workshops

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Ever wonder what you learn in a Wild at Heart education workshop?

For the past few months, Wild at Heart has been working hard to create engaging and Ontario-curriculum linked workshops that are suitable for ages 4+. We have presented to classrooms, daycare groups, Girl Guides and Scouts groups, senior’s centres, and at community events like Roots & Shoots at Science North, and at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal. Our volunteers deliver presentations from 30 – 120 minutes in length in both English and French, and come to your group to present. Workshops include a PowerPoint presentation filled with animal care stories, videos, and photos, followed by a question period and activity.

Watch our new education workshop promotional video here.

To learn more about our education workshops, and book one, click here.

WAH to booth at Seedy Saturday March 4th, 2017

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Come visit us Saturday, March 4th for Seedy Saturday at the Parkside Centre! We’ll be talking about the importance of pollinators, and how you can get involved with our new pollinator bed and education area!

Learn more about the event here:

Scout Ventures – Jan. 19/17 Education Workshop

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Wild at Heart had a great night with the Scout Ventures for an education workshop on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. After a presentation introducing Wild at Heart and some of the animals we’ve cared for, the Ventures broke into small groups (below):


Our education volunteers Amanda (L), Anna, and Sarah (R) led workshop activities that focused on x-ray analysis, water pollution and remediation, and bioaccumulation of pesticides in top predators like bald eagles. The volunteers have all volunteered as animal care interns for Wild at Heart, so they were able to answer any questions the Scouts and leaders had. Thank you for your hard work ladies!










Students learned about the effect urbanization and farming can have on a water system, and how seemingly harmless individual actions can have a cumulative negative effect (below).

Wild at Heart’s workshops are aligned with the Ontario Curriculum for Science and Technology, Arts, and Social Studies for grades 1-9, and include a PowerPoint, photos and videos of the animals in our care, and an interactive component if you prefer (activity, game, or craft). These presentations are 30- and 60- minutes long. Each workshop attendee should bring an item off our online wishlist or $5.

Available workshops:

  • Birds – waterfowl, corvids, songbirds, and raptors (species of special concern spotlight: bald eagle)
  • Turtles – threatened species spotlight (Blanding’s turtle)
  • Mammals – local species, habitat destruction
  • Ecosystem management – pollution, urban wildlife interactions, pesticides
  • Veterinary care – activities around wing wraps, casts, physiotherapy, x-rays, parasites, and medication. Generally presented to older ages.
  • Pollinators – focus on declining honeybee and monarch populations in Canada
  • General animal care – introduction to Wild at Heart. Can be used for starting a school fundraising campaign.

If you are interested in a school or community group presentation, please contact We try our best to accommodate presentation requests between 8am-8pm. French presentations may be available.