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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

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