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Wildlife Haven is
We are urgently seeking your support to help keep our doors
open and relocate. The
city of Welland has shown that it wants nothing to do with orphaned or injured native wildlife
receiving any type of care or help. Using an antiquated zoning bylaw, which
totally conflicts with an exotic animal bylaw, and
ignoring pre-existing use, they have shut us down and informed us in a registered
letter (dated Aug. 27, 2013) that what we've been doing here since 1984 is now considered 'illegal.'
In all those years we have enjoyed complete support from previous mayors (Cindy
Forster now the MPP for this area) and other councils, but under this council
that has now changed as they've made it clear that it wants all
wildlife in Welland killed. Take the time and write them and let them know
what you think of that decision.
We do believe in nature taking her course,
however, the majority of our admissions are a direct result of human activities
or harm. Loss of habitat, leg hold traps in the city, outdoor cats, feral cats,
vehicle collisions, etc., are not what we call nature's course. So many of
these innocent wild animals have been deliberately
harmed by individual's and are in urgent need of surgery and medical
treatment. Your contributions will
help provide the high quality of care for these poor defenceless creatures and
will also help us continue to keep our doors open for others.
We take in cases that many
others cannot and we intend to continue this work for these innocent animals. We
will still be local but in a different city that welcomes wildlife
rehabilitation and the important services it offers to all residents.
We are a not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation centre,
the only facility provincially (MNR inspected and approved) and federally (CWS
migratory birds scientific permit) that provides experienced, and skilled
care (32 yrs) for all species in
the Niagara region and beyond. We
are on-site full-time on a unpaid basis, this is our life's work. We are not
funded or paid, by any government body and rely solely on public donations.
Your support and
understanding is deeply appreciated.
This is just a small sampling of injured and sick
wildlife that we have cared for.
Orphaned coyote w/mange
^ Orphaned fox
turtle hit by car
^ 2 wk old
baby raccoon - admitted and treated for chemical burns
^ Ruby throat
hummingbird - cat caught and suffered a broken wing/
Mother raccoon and five babies rescued from sealed storm sewer drain
^ Cat attacked
Turtle hit by car prior to shell repairs being made.
^ Orphaned Mallard Duck eggs hatching,
mother fatally injured.
Newly hatched Mourning Dove with one unhatched egg. Nest abandoned.
Orphaned baby Virginia Opossums, mother fatally injured by car.
^ Ovenbird with injured wing.
Greater Black Back Gull, largest in N.America has a 5-6 ft wingspan,
being released after rehabilitation.
Juvenile raccoon in leg hold trap
^ 2nd juvenile
raccoon - leg hold trap. Found two days later, same area.
Please note that we are closed to any new intakes until we explore our options.
If you have
orphaned or injured wildlife, take them to Welland City Hall and ask them to provide the
The city has no legal authority or jurisdiction to
order the Welland & District SPCA to euthanize wildlife needlessly.
They do not
pay the WDHS to provide any wildlife services or pickups.
Please be sure to read the information on our site BEFORE you pick up any wildlife !
If you are trying to reach us,
and cannot reach us by telephone,
SEND AN EMAIL - we receive
those sooner than we do phone messages.
Be sure you include your name, city, province, phone number,
your email address, and detailed info about the situation
l what kind
of wild animal is it (bird, mammal, reptile?)
many are there
l how old
is the animal (eyes open/closed?) l
any bleeding or visible injuries
l how long
you've had it, and l where
did you find the animal?
Let us know if you've sent the same email (or made the
same phone call) to more
one rehab facility simultaneously. PLEASE contact
the facility that is closest to you FIRST and wait a reasonable amount of time
for a reply. Keep the animal in a warm, dark and quiet place, until you
hear back. If you get no response after 4-6 hrs, then please try another wildlife
It is NOT advisable to move a rabies vector species (raccoons,
foxes, bats, skunks)
from our area here in Niagara to any facility on the west side of the Welland Canal,
due to the potential risk of disease being inadvertently transferred to
If you don't include the information we ask for, we
will not be able to respond to your email.
We try our very best to answer but we sometimes run out of time and spare hands
with which to do so.
We have no paid staff to man the telephones with, nor any funding for a wildlife
pickup service. We rely on you, the finders, to bring the animal needing care in
Please be advised also that due to the fact we are not paid by any gov't for the
services we provide, and fund this primarily out of pocket and through
donations, we are unable to offer a wildlife pickup service. Orphaned,
injured and distressed wildlife need to be brought to our facility, we depend
on you to help us with that.
Our primary obligation is to the animals currently in our clinic
for care. They come first, so please be patient.
We have instituted a new policy for all wildlife intakes.
A donation (in any amount) is requested when native wild animals are admitted
We can no longer assume 100% of the cost of care for each native wild
animal by using our personal finances.
Native wild animals belong to every citizen in the province; they are a natural
resource and our collective responsibility.
Even the smallest of donations add up. Thank you for your understanding!
Our greatest need is for monetary donations to help
offset the high cost of specialized care in our
Without donations, we are forced to limit intakes,
which means that many animals won't get the help they need and deserve.
We also need supplies, never ending supplies...be sure to check out our
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and share it with others to help us!! Thank you!
Niagara Wildlife Haven is not a zoo. We are a wildlife clinic and very
busy rehabilitation facility and are not open to the public for tours. It is
against the law for us to put any wildlife in our care on 'display' to the
Our hours are seasonal, in general March through to August 31st we are open from
12 noon to 7 pm.
From September 1st through to March 1st, we are open by appointment only. There
are exceptions so it is best to confirm with us by email before arriving
unannounced. At times we may not have room for certain species as we do not have
unlimited caging, unlimited funds or land on which to house them all. We are
unpaid volunteers so please keep that in mind. We are not provided with
paid staff for a 24 hr round the clock telephone answering service. We are
volunteers and are here full time, putting in an average of 18-20 hrs per day
during rehab season - however - we are human and do need to try to fit in some
sleep now and then.
We are unable to take calls after 9 pm. Thank you for your kind
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To provide experienced, skilled and specialized care and
for orphaned, injured, sick or displaced wildlife in Niagara,
and return them, in a healthy state, back to the wild.
Haven is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Canadian Wildlife
We are the only facility in
the Niagara peninsula
that is licensed to work with all species.
We cover a large area and accept wildlife from the Niagara
peninsula - in general, the areas:
* south and east of Hamilton and Dunnville to the Niagara River;
* between the south shore of Lake Ontario and the north shore
of Lake Erie;
* Grimsby, Beamsville, Winona, Vineland,
* Welland, Wainfleet, Port Colborne, Pelham,
* Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, Fort Erie,
* St. Catharines, West Lincoln, Thorold; and
* portions of the Guelph District as referred to us by the MNR.
There is a very large native wildlife population in these
and their habitats are
being encroached upon in very rapid fashion, by development
and urban sprawl.
We do not receive
any funding from any level of government, be it provincial,
federal, regional or
at the city, town and/or township levels.
We are only able
to care for wildlife through compassionate donations
made by members of the public - YOU!
Please give generously so we can keep
the doors open and continue this important work with these animals.
When we admit these
wild animals, it's important to remember that
unlike humans (and some pets)
they don't carry any health insurance policies so
the cost of their care can (and often does) exceed our means.
When that happens we can't
accept any more wildlife for care. Donations are critical to our ability to provide