Bids are now being accepted in an online silent auction in support of Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre.
The auction can be found at 32auctions.com/turtlepond and will close on Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Featuring over 80 items including artwork, items for the home and garden, sports memorabilia, crafts, crystal and pottery, there’s something for everyone - even some gift ideas for Father’s Day.
With the closure last year of the Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre, Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre is now the sole wildlife centre for Northeastern Ontario, and that means increased intake of wildlife.
Each animal has its own specialized needs for diet, housing, and treatment, and those costs add up, said a press release.
Turtle Pond is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations from the community.
Founded in 2017, Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre is a small wildlife rehabilitation centre located in Val Caron that focuses on turtles and bats.
By specializing in a few species, the wildlife centre said it is able to target its efforts, and provide the best quality of care to the animals that are admitted.
Currently, the centre takes in on average 200 animals per year, and that number increases annually.
All eight species of turtle in Ontario are listed as Species at Risk, and they reproduce very slowly.
In fact, it can take decades of nesting for one turtle to replace itself, so today, literally every turtle makes a difference to the long-term survival of the species.
Turtle Pond accommodates other species of wildlife whenever possible, and will strive to find transport for animals to other wildlife rehabilitation facilities if required.
Contact info for Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre is available online here.