Hope for Wildlife: Equipping N.S.'s First Wildlife Hospital
Hope for Wildlife – Wildlife Hospital
Who We Are:
Founded in 1997 by certified veterinary manager Hope Swinimer, the Hope for Wildlife Society is a fully licensed, non-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization based in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Staffed by volunteers and funded mostly by public and corporate donations, the facility takes in more than 1500 orphaned and injured wild mammals, birds, and reptiles every year.
Our Mission: Connecting people to wildlife in a positive way - through knowledge and understanding - the Hope for Wildlife Society believes that education through rehabilitation is the key to a sustainable future.
Our mission comprises three important goals:
1. Rehabilitation and release into the wild of injured and orphaned wildlife.
2. Education of our children and the general public regarding the importance of conservation of various wildlife species and the ecosystems that sustain them.
3. Research to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for conservation and management of wildlife resources in a complex and continually changing biological, social and political environment.
Community Impact: Hope for Wildlife is committed to working within and for the community in a variety of ways including:
• Helping wildlife in need to help conserve and protect the diversity of our natural world
• Working with residents and businesses to resolve human-wildlife conflicts peacefully and to foster the peaceful coexistence between people and their wild neighbours
• Educating the general public, especially youth, about their natural environment and how to conserve it for generations to come
Complete Nova Scotia’s first ever wildlife veterinary hospital. A hospital located on-site would eliminate the need for transporting animals between Hope for Wildlife and the veterinary clinic over 35 kilometers away, greatly reducing stress and discomfort on the animal.
Break-down of costs:
• $95 000 - Digital X-ray – Does not use harmful chemicals to develop the picture, has finer resolution to see the x-ray with better detail, and able to e-mail the x-rays if the veterinarians are not on site.
• $ 40 000 - Veterinary Technician salary for 1 year – gives hope for wildlife the ability to staff our hospital, full-time, to run diagnostic equipment and provide support for the veterinarians who will use the facility
• $15 000 – Laboratory and Medical Supplies
Thank-you for your support and your votes
Sincerely, the volunteers and animals of Hope for Wildlife