Letter from the President

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Dear Animal Lover :

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

During my career as a veterinarian, I have had the pleasure of caring for wildlife for over 35 years. Wild at Heart has been a very active registered Canadian charity for over eight years. In that time, we have built a facility that has been able to professionally care for hundreds of wild animals this past year alone.

We have attended at many events over the year that has allowed us to educate people on the importance of the environment and the wild animals that inhabit it.

Did you know that we receive absolutely no funding from anywhere other than the kind and thoughtful contributions of people and corporations like you?

Donations and volunteers are essential to our program. We are able to provide excellent care for many animals because of our grass roots organization.

Did you know that we are the only wildlife rehabilitation centre in North Eastern Ontario?

In order to provide professional care for wild animals we require expensive food, housing and medications. Ella, our young moose calf has required 2 surgeries in the past several weeks at the Ontario Veterinary College because of a badly broken leg. She is still not out of the woods although the healing is headed in the right direction. She has gained weight and still has a large second cast on her leg as well as external pins. She needs almost constant care. Ella will hopefully be released this spring as a healthy young moose. Ella’s care since June has cost over $4,000.00.

Wild at Heart also provides care for species at risk in Ontario such as Blanding turtles … they are often admitted with severe injuries because of trauma on our highways that are built in their habitat …. They need surgery and care for months before they can be released. Humans cause most of these problems either directly or indirectly. It is up to humans to recognize that we have a moral responsibility to help wild animals in need.

Over this coming winter, we will be caring for over fifty wild mammals and birds since they cannot be released in mid winter and we are already gearing up for the hundreds of orphan and injured wild animals that we will admit this spring. If you can help us, we would greatly appreciate it. We welcome all donations and if you would like to volunteer, we would also welcome your time. Donations can also be made through PayPal by visiting our website at www.wahrefugecentre.org. Any donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Rod Jouppi.

President/founder