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Northern Ontario Gets Badly Needed Wildlife Rescue Center

Thunderbird Wildlife Rescue of Thunder Bay has secured part of the use of Chippewa Wildlife Park to use as a Wildlife Rescue Center. Wildlife Rescue Centers take in injured and orphan wild animals ,rehabilitate them and release them back into the wilds. There are only six Wildlife Centers from North Bay to Kenora . The section of the Wildlife Park that will be used has a building ( with indoor outdoor cages), deer pens and a bird flyway. The City of Thunder Bay will be leasing it to Thunderbird for a reduced rate. Jenn Salo ( Wildlife Rehabber) got the support of City Council , First Nation native community ( Fort William First Nation ) and Ontario Wildlife Rescue (OWR) . OWR has agreed to help fund the first two years of rent ( Audrey Fund) . OWR has also agreed to send pet food and medical supplies ( Manitoulin Transport will ship it free). Jenn is starting out handling birds of prey , then small mammals and then RVS species . She is getting her Charity number and already has a Board of Directors. Thunderbird is going from a standing start to possibly one of the largest Rehab Centers in Northern Ontario.. Wildlife Rescue Centers are licensed and regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources but give no financial support from any level of Government . Wildlife Rescue centers are completely dependent on the public for support.. The unanimously support of Thunder Bay City Council will turn an unused facility into a public benefit for Northern Ontario . This is a major break through for Wildlife Rehabbing in the North . It will be the farthest Wildlife Rehab Center in Ontario and will be able to serve Thunder Bay , Dryden and Kenora . Jenn Salo and her team deserves a lot of credit for pulling this together. Some good news for Wildlife Rescue in Ontario . Ontario Wildlife Rescue ( OWR) works with 58 Wildlife Rescue Centers ( Wildlife Rehabbers ) across the Province . Ontario Wildlife Rescue connects the public with wildlife rescue centers ( ) . OWR also help find resources ( food, medical supplies and veterinarians ) for Wildlife Rescue Centers across Ontario. OWR also work with the Ministry of Natural Resources on issues dealing with Wildlife Rehabbers . Ontario Wildlife Rescue is a Federally incorporated non-profit charity ( license 8155291-2RR0001) . For more information contact Jenn Salo at 807 355-2345 email or Sandy Donald at 416 436-9892 email April 18, 2022

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