“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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Thank you to CTV Northern Ontario for stopping by our Centre this past weekend to learn more about the work we do rehabilitating northern Ontario’s sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife! CTV’s Molly Frommer spoke with our President & Founder, Dr. Rod Jouppi, and volunteer animal care intern Rachel Loewen, about what it will take to raise these two calves from infancy to a successful release.
You can help us give these two calves a second chance at a wild life! The two have bonded together well, and are just beginning to nibble on vegetation outside their enclosure. For now though, our main costs are formula ($100+/pail) and bedding ($10/bail). You can help us care for these two little ones by donating, or symbolically adopt a moose.
Watch the full CTV interview here. Photo by Wild at Heart’s Stephanie Delay.
Wild at Heart would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment (TD FEF) for their recent grant of $3720 for education workshop materials. This grant is a huge help to Wild at Heart’s growing education outreach programming – we’ve boothed at community events like the Sudbury Gardening Festival and Roots & Shoots, and hosted workshops on- and off-site for senior’s groups, classrooms, summer camps, community groups, and birthday parties.
With this grant from TD FEF, Wild at Heart plans to purchase more materials for hands-on learning, including replica skulls, owl pellets, and Ozobots. These materials are easily transported for off-site workshops for those that can’t make it to our Centre in Lively, and are fun for all ages!
Book your own workshop here.
Learn more about TD FEF here.
It’s always a special experience for our volunteers and interns when Wild at Heart admits moose calves. Most volunteers have never seen a calf up close, and are able to work around-the-clock with these beautiful animals to give them the best chance at returning to the wild in the fall.
Symbolically adopting a moose helps us afford formula, pellets, and bedding – things we will be going through quickly with two young calves! Wild at Heart, and these young calves, thank you for your support:
Symbolically Adopt a Moose
Wild at Heart is hosting a third (and final!) summer camp, geared for children ages 8-12. The camp will be held at our Centre (95 White Road) July 16-18, 10am-2pm, and will cost $50. Topics covered include: wildlife rehabilitation, ecosystem management, pollinators, and wildlife natural history.
Registration opens May 18th at 10am: http://wahrefugecentre.org/camp