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Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre has been in operation since 1994. The Mandate of the facility is to help all injured and orphaned wildlife (including mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians) and release them back into the wild. We also give advice and assistance to property owners who are having problems with their wild animal neighbours and can offer humane alternatives to solve these conflicts. We work closely with veterinarians and Humane Societies across Ontario.
Founder and President Sue Meech is licensed provincially by the Ministry of Natural Resources and federally by Canadian Wildlife Services to provide care and shelter for animal wildlife.
Every year approx. 3,400 mammals, birds, and reptiles are admitted to the Centre, and most were released successfully. When animals are admitted, they receive a physical examination to determine what injury has occurred and their health status. We then decide on a course of treatment based on medication, nutrition, and proper environment. Their length of stay depends on the complexity of the treatment and can range from a few days to several months. Orphaned wildlife may require extended care depending on the species, until they have learned the skills necessary to survive in the wild. A successful rehabilitation results in the release of the animal, in the area where it was originally found.
We have about 200 volunteers who help in many ways; some with the animals and birds that are admitted, others with transportation needs, and some with fund-raising.
Please note that we cannot provide tours of the Centre or show any wildlife, for the well-being of the animals.
All wildlife are stressed while in captivity. The physiological response to this stress often includes refusal to eat or drink, decreased recovery time and even death. The less stress a patient receives the quicker it can recover and return to the wild. Human interactions with patients are only done for their daily care and medical procedures; we don’t provide tours.
As of January 1st, 2002 we are a Registered Charity. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20.00. We receive no funding from the Canadian government. All our funds come from donations and fund-raising. We are a Registered Charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency, # 81402 0210 RR0001.
To donate by cheque, please print the Mail in Donation Form
Donations can also be made through CanadaHelps.org