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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

Rehabilitated fawns happy return back to wild!

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October 19, 2017 – Manitoulin Island was warm and bright for the awaited return of two young white-tailed deer. The fawns had been raised as orphans at Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre since the beginning of the summer. When they were admitted, they were very small, nervous, and needed around-the-clock care from our trained interns. Young fawns are only fed a few times a day, just as they would be by mom in the wild. This is because fawns are born scentless, which helps hide them from predators while the fawns sit in tall grasses and fields until mom returns to feed them. Oftentimes, well-intentioned members of the public can grow concerned when they find a fawn alone, but rest assured if the fawn looks bright and healthy, mom is close by finding food for herself, and keeping her distance to help keep her young safe. If you are ever concerned about a suspected orphaned wild animal, please call our Centre to speak with our trained staff before bringing an animal to us (705-692-4478).

Fawns being moved into a horse trailer for transport to Manitoulin Island. Transport provided by the Fieldings.

These fawns were bottle-fed specialized formula, and stimulated regularly to ensure proper digestion. Their milk has specific nutrients and diet requirements for ungulates, or hoofed mammals, and cannot be purchased at a grocery store or pet store. They are very social animals which need to be raised with other deer to ensure a successful release back into the wild. As these fawns grew, they were offered a variety of branches, grasses, and fruits and vegetables around their cage so they could practice foraging techniques. They also grew up together: oftentimes they could be seen cleaning each other after eating, and following each other around the cage! As they grew stronger, they grew more curious of their cage, and explored and ran about.

Two fawns arrived as young orphans at our Centre this summer.

Orphaned mammals require months of specialized care at our Centre. They often arrive very young, and need to be weaned from formula, and then placed in an outside cage where they can practice natural skills like climbing, catching fish, foraging, and socializing. This care takes a host of volunteers, as well as community donations of food and money. Wild at Heart would like to especially thank Smith’s Markets and our dedicated volunteers for their support raising the fawns this summer. Without the hundreds of volunteers Wild at Heart has across four committees (animal care, education, construction, and fundraising), we simply would not be able to sustain our Centre.

The young fawns at their release site.

It is an amazing experience to see a wild animal grow, and learn to take care of itself on its own. As these fawns grew older and more independent, we began looking for a suitable release site. Deer are particularly difficult to find spots for, as they need a large plot of land to inhabit, and readily available food to last during the difficult winter months. Wavy Farms on Manitoulin Island was the perfect fit. Thank you to Katrina and Craig Fielding, and everyone at Wavy Farms for their warm welcome, and for providing a safe spot for these fawns on their property. Their property gives these fawns a second chance at a wild life, the goal with every animal that is admitted to our Centre.

Wavy Farms was the perfect home for these fawns. Thank you to the Fieldings for all their help during the release!

Wild at Heart is an acute care centre that helps hundreds of animals each year, and we are the only centre of its kind in Northern Ontario. An animal’s interests are always the number one priority for us, no matter how long the recovery period might be. These fawns were at our Centre for 6 months. When we arrived at the release spot, one of the fawns took off right away to explore its new, permanent home. We couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional watching her run off, having worked with the fawns all summer, but we knew in our hearts that they were finally back where they belonged.


Did you know you can symbolically adopt a white-tailed fawn? Your donation will help us provide the average monthly cost for food, bedding, and medication. Each adoption package comes with a: personalized certificate, 4″x6″ hand-drawn postcard, adoption letter, animal fact sheet, and artist bio. Symbolic adoptions make great birthday, wedding, and holiday gifts!

Read the Sudbury Star article covering this story: “Sudbury-area deer return to bush”

Adopt A: Raccoon

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Symbolic adoptions are a great gift to give for every occasion! This symbolic adoption allows Wild at Heart to complete daily animal care tasks which ensure our Centre runs smoothly and the wildlife in our care are well looked after during their rehabilitation journey. The hundreds of animals that come through our doors each year all require species-specific diets, medication, wound management, and clean cages. Raccoons require de-worming medication, and a variety of food options, like fruit, vegetables, insects, eggs, dog kibble, fish, and meat. Each adoption kit comes with:

-A personalized adoption certificate (5″x7″)

-An information sheet about the animal your money will support

-A hand-drawn print of the animal, drawn by our animal care interns (5″x7″)

-A letter detailing how your support allows Wild at Heart to continue rehabilitating Northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife

-An artist biography card

Pick-up at our Centre (95 White Road, Lively, ON) can also be arranged by calling us at 705-692-4478. Drawing may not be exactly as shown in photo.

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.