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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.

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