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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 volunteer 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.
MAILING ADDRESS FOR
make an Interac e-transfer donation to Niagara Wildlife Haven. It's quick and
easy and safe.
If you bank online, log into your
bank and choose Interac e-transfer as a means to make a payment or transfer of
funds. Interac handles the transaction. For more information on this
method of making a donation online visit:
Simple, safe and secure!
(If you'd like to mail
in a donation, please make cheques payable
to Niagara Wildlife Haven):
Niagara Wildlife Haven
461 Wright Street
Welland ON L3B
(at) gmail (dot) com
that email is the best way to contact us.
Thank you so much for your support!
Please note that we are closed to any new intakes until we move. If you have
orphaned or injured wildlife, take them to the Mayor's Office at Welland City
Hall and ask him to provide care for them. The city has no legal authority to
order the Welland & District SPCA to euthanize wildlife needlessly. They do not
pay the WDHS to provide any wildlife services or pickups.
IF you find an injured or
orphaned wild animal,
please email first.
(Our preference is email.)
where you live, your phone number, email address,
what the issue is with the wild animal you found and how long you've
Provide as many details as you can and the circumstances of
Please let us know if you have sent the same message for help
to more than one wildlife centre simultaneously.
We believe you should contact the facility that is closest to
then try another if you cannot get a response.
Our time and resources are limited.
If you do call, kindly leave just ONE message
on the service.
Otherwise you fill up our entire voice
message service and others can't reach us. THANKS!
NEED TO GET IN
TOUCH WITH US?
The quickest way is by
email but please keep the following things in mind:
We cannot and do not
diagnose problems with sick or injured wildlife through email or over the phone.
We do not give out advice over the Internet on how you can keep it or tell
you how to care for it. It's
illegal for you to do so and it's illegal for us to coach you to break the
law. We work hard to maintain our permits and maintain strict ethical
standards for care. That care does not encompass how to rehab over the
generally only admit
wildlife for rehabilitation that originates from within Niagara and adjacent
Niagara Wildlife Haven is licensed by the Ministry
of Natural Resources and Canadian Wildlife Service.
We are the largest and only facility in
this area that is licensed to work with all species and has a full time wildlife
custodian on site.
We cover a large area and accept wildlife from these areas
* east end of Hamilton and Dunnville to the Niagara River (US
* 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, Sherkston, Fort Erie,
* St. Catharines, West Lincoln, Thorold; and
* portions of the Hamilton or Guelph District as referred to us by the MNR
you live outside this area, please don't email and ask us to make an exception.
On occasion we have arrangements with certain humane societies or other
agencies outside these areas to take in injured wildlife, but those arrangements
are made in advance by that agency.
Animals from other areas
must be quarantined and segregated to prevent disease spread. It takes
a lot of space to do that, and we don't have a lot of space for animals
that originate far outside these areas. Provincial laws mandate that adult wildlife must be released
within 1 km of where they were found (15 km for orphaned babies).
In addition to other obligations, arranging to travel back to release wildlife outside this area is an
expense we are not prepared to undertake and fund out of pocket. It's
our policy to take care of native Niagara wildlife first.
Our number one
priority is providing care for the wildlife in our facility; meeting their
nutritional needs, their medical needs and their requirements in day to day rehabilitation. Our
days are taken up with those important ethical responsibilities.
Everything else comes
secondary to that, e.g. an injured animal comes before answering a telephone or
an email. We hope to rectify that by utilizing volunteers to take calls on our
hotline during the busy season, but until then...you'll have to bear with us
Prime time for us
(when we are the busiest) is from April through to the end of September. Regrettably we might
not be able to respond to you via email or by telephone - we don't
have paid staff to man the phone and/or the computer 24
hrs a day. Please be patient.
If you call, please
call ONCE and leave ONE message. Calling repeatedly puts a major strain on
our very limited resources and ties up the answering service for other callers.
Calling back repeatedly does not change the circumstances here nor does it
speed up our work. We still have to feed the animals FIRST and if that
takes us all day, then it takes us all day. Calling repeatedly is
incredibly harassing and extremely annoying. We average 75 calls per
day so please keep that in mind.
Call backs are
dealt with on a triage basis, the most urgent first.
Our hours vary
depending on the season. In general they are 11 am to 7 pm from April 1
to September 15. We are not on call 24 hrs a day so please don't call in the
middle of the night. Keep the animal contained in a warm, dark and
quiet place and do not feed it or give it any water.
We are unable to offer a wildlife pickup service as there is no funding
available to cover our costs in doing so. We depend on your help to bring
the animal to us. You may not drive, but would know someone who could
help you by providing a ride here for that animal in distress. Ask them to
Please EMAIL FIRST
before coming to ensure we have room for the animal and can admit it.
If you have an
emergency situation with an injured or sick wild animal,
and you cannot reach anyone,
contact your local Humane Society for assistance.
If it is not an emergency
situation, and it can wait, they will not respond - and are not obligated to respond.
Be respectful and don't tax their limited resources
as they are not paid by any government at any level to respond to wild animal
Simply finding a wild animal on the ground
does NOT constitute an emergency.
If you feel that the
animal needs immediate veterinary treatment or should be humanely euthanized to
end it's suffering if the injuries are too severe, take the animal to the
nearest Emergency Veterinary Clinic or to a veterinarian in your area or to your
local SPCA or animal control agency. They can help by providing a humane and merciful
euthanasia to eliminate further suffering.
Ontario wildlife is a provincial resource and the animals belong to all of us.
Everyone needs to do their part to help.
You can contact the Ministry of Natural Resources in your district for
the names of other authorized (licensed) wildlife custodians (rehabilitators).
Visit our Find a Rehabber pages
list of Authorized Wildlife Custodians in Ontario (MNR website)
If you'd like to make
a donation to help Niagara Wildllife Haven with this critical work, we would be most grateful.
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MAILING ADDRESS FOR
(make cheques payable
to Niagara Wildlife Haven):
Niagara Wildlife Haven
c/o 461 Wright Street
Welland ON L3B
niagarawildlifehaven (at) gmail (dot) com
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