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Wood Shavings Needed!

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Wild at Heart is in need of wood shavings. If you have ANY bags of any size, we can use them! Any tree species is fine, as the shavings are used for bedding for our animals outside. If you are able to donate, please drop them off at our Centre (95 White Road), 7 days a week between 8am-8pm.

Thank you Northeastern P.S.!

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Thank you to Northeastern P.S. for fundraising supplies and over $255 in monies for the wildlife at our Centre! We had a great time with you on June 28th during our education workshops!

Did you know Wild at Heart hosts workshops in English and French? You can learn more about our workshops here.

Algonquin P.S. Attends WAH Education Workshop – June 28th

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Thank you to the grade 1 and 2 students from Algonquin P.S. for fundraising and attending an education workshop at Wild at Heart yesterday! The students learned about turtle shell repair with a craft, did a scavenger hunt in our pollinator garden, and saw photos and videos of the hundreds of animals we treat each year during our presentation.










Above: students working on their turtle shell repair crafts. After learning about the circumstances that turtles are admitted to Wild at Heart (shell injuries from roadside collisions) and seeing how our veterinarian repairs their shells, students made their own turtles and “repaired” their shells with band-aids.


If you would like to learn more about Wild at Heart’s education workshops, please visit here.

Fall Animal Care Internships

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Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is now looking for interns from August – December 2017.

Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre dedicated to the care of a wide variety of orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife. The Centre admits over 750 animals per year and works closely with a team of veterinarians. Wild at Heart is located in a small northern Ontario town, Lively, 15 km west of Sudbury, with access to public transportation. We offer a friendly fast paced learning opportunity in a climate controlled work environment. Facilities include access to a kitchenette, wireless Internet, and limited free on-site accommodations. Food costs are not included.

Internship Duration:
All intern positions are voluntary and full time. Position duration varies from a minimum of 2 months up to maximum of 6 months, 5 days per week, 40-50 hours per week. Schedule is rotating and includes days, evenings and weekends. Preference will be given to intern applicants dedicated to internships longer than 2 months.

Position Descriptions:

Animal care Internship:
The successful interns will gain valuable practical experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques while caring for a variety of native mammals, birds, and reptiles. Duties include animal admissions, diet preparation and feeding, cage cleaning, medication administration, wound management, and other daily care needs of the wildlife patients. No experience is necessary, but commitment to the duration of the internship is required.

Animal Care Leader Internship:
Intern leaders are involved in all of the above, with more focus on management of a particular species such as squirrels, raccoons, or songbirds. Leaders would be responsible for their assigned species, including monitoring health of individuals and assisting in mentoring of other interns and volunteers. Experience in wildlife rehabilitation techniques is advisable. The minimum length of the animal care leader internship is 4 months or longer, depending on the species of interest.

* At least 18 years of age
* Commitment to the length of the internship
* Must be reliable, very dedicated, able to multi-task, and commit to work hours according to the needs of the animals.
* Also able to perform repetitive, physically demanding tasks in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
* Criminal background check may be requested.
* An up-to-date tetanus vaccine is required; rabies is recommended but not required.

We provide on-site accommodations, but these are limited and are reserved quickly. There is a kitchen, sitting area, two washrooms as well as shared bedrooms. Please state on your application whether or not you would like to be considered for accommodations.

To Apply: Please email resume with cover letter explaining why you are interested in joining our rehabilitation team (please include start and end dates available and specify which position you are applying for) to:

monica (at)


June 24th: Pollinator Garden Grand “Opening”

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Thank you to everyone who attended our pollinator garden grand “opening” on Saturday, June 24th! We had a great time talking to everyone about native plants to attract pollinators, making turtles and repairing their shells with bandaids, and giving away milkweed, tomatoes, and lupin. Stay tuned for our next outdoor event!










Above: Turtle shell repair craft station










L to R: wild rose with a bee pollinating inside, milkweed

Wild at Heart gratefully acknowledges the Biodiversity and Education Awareness Network for their help in making this event possible.

THANK YOU! – 8th Annual Wild About Comedy Night

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Thank you to everyone who attended our 8th Annual Wild About Comedy Night on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at Sixth Avenue Golf & Country Club. Thank you to the staff at Sixth Avenue for welcome us to their venue again, and for the delicious three course meal. The evening was a huge success, especially our silent and live auctions, which raised monies to help Wild at Heart continue our mission of rehabilitating sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Right now the Centre is caring for over 75 baby animals, including raccoons, red squirrels, songbirds, a gull, crow, weasel, and mouse. Your continued support allows us to treat and raise hundreds of wild animals each year – thank you.

Photography: Stephanie Delay









The beautiful set-up for the event.








L: President & Founder of Wild at Heart, Dr. Rod Jouppi
R: City Councillor Michael Vagnini








The live auction was an amazing success! Thank you to our live auction sponsors: Pelee Island Winery, Laurentian Lodge, and Colin Rowe.









L: Master Magician, The Amazing Rene
R: Master Ventriloquist Mark Crocker


Thank you to our volunteers: Dawn Ann Metsaranta, Flory Bell, Emily Bell, Susan Bonneville, Anna Burke, Pauline Mellerio, Stephanie Delay, Emily Roy,  Rea-Ann Goegan, Mary Jouppi, Monica Jouppi, Rod Jouppi, Sue Lepage, Darby Massimilliano, Lisa McIvor, Judy Miller, Emily Trottier, Monica Seidel, Peter Smith

Special thanks to our sponsors: Freelandt Caldwell Reilly LLP, Orion Printing, Rosewood Songs, Sixth Avenue Golf & Country Club, Travelway Inn, ProSonics Ltd. – David Peters, Gordon Food Services

Thank you to our silent auction donors: A&J Home Hardware, Adrienne Assinewai-McGee, Alain Lessard, Anke and Tony Seafood Restaurant, Anne McBain, ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness, B.G.L. Property Management, Backyard Birder, B-Creative, Bill Clarke, Bill Wittaker, Blue Heron Environmental, Bob Bale, Buzzy Browns, CAA Sudbury, Castle Builders, Colette Theriault, Colin Rowe, David Solomon, Day Construction Group, Debra Ireland, DoTerra Essential Oils, Dream Acres, East Side Mario’s, El Mercado, Emily Roy, Ethier Sand and Gravel, Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Flory Bell, Gene Solomon, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Karen Falldin-Yawney, Kim Tanzi, Kitchen Bits, Lafortune Landscaping, Mary Lynn Polano, MCTV, Microtel Inn and Suites, Monique Lepage, Northern Parula Bird Carvings, Outside Store Sudbury, Paulette Lepage, Pawsitive Grooming, Pet Food Warehouse – Regent St., Pet Smart, Pet Valu – Denis Brisson, Ramakko’s Source for Adventure, Reg Wilkinson, Rhythm & Cues, Rustic Craft, Sarah Townson, Scholar’s Choice, Sleeman, Southview Growers, Sudbury Paint and Custom Framing, Sue Lampinen, Tail Blazers, Talk of the Town Hair Salon, Ten Point Archery, Ti Amo Cafe, Tree Top Bath and Body, TSC, William Fader, YMCA Sudbury

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.