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Letter: The Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre needs your support

Reader and volunteer Kevin Shanahan encourages the public to help out local wildlife rehab centre
Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre animal care volunteer, Kevin Epp, is eye to eye with a Blanding's turtle that is being cared for at the centre in this 2021 photo.

Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre (TPWC) is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation centre located in Val Caron. The centre used to specialize only in the care of native Ontario turtles. 

But, two years ago, that all changed  when they became the sole authorized wildlife rehabilitation centre serving the region when Wild at Heart Animal Rescue closed its doors. So, now, they also rehabilitate injured and ill birds and small mammals.

Naturally, their intake of wildlife quadrupled and still continues to rise. TPWC receives no government funding. They depend on us for donations to help with the expenses. Thankfully, their labour has been provided by volunteers.

In recent years, Canada's wildlife has seen so many challenges from climate change, habitat loss and pollution that wildlife rehabilitation grows ever more important. Future plans include separate buildings to house their wild clients. Keeping species-specific enclosures will reduce the stress of temporary captivity, speed up healing and facilitate care.

I transport some of these animals that need their healing hand. From a fox kit to a beautiful fawn. From racoon kits on Manitoulin Island to baby flying squirrels from Elliot Lake. From a fox with mange to an owl with a broken wing. They are healed and returned to their natural habitat. All this takes money. Donations are appreciated. Any amount can help. 

Kevin Shanahan
Greater Sudbury