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Each year, the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a fundraiser to help support the work they do to save and rehabilitate sick and injured animals in the highlands. This year, with the pandemic underway, the sanctuary is going online encouraging the public to “Bid Wild 4 Wildlife” with their online charity auction.
“We would prefer to do a real type of gathering, like a dinner and dance, but that was not possible,” said Monika Melichar, founder and head of wildlife rehabilitation at the sanctuary. Although this is the fourth such fundraiser, this year’s auction will be conducted through another local business, ShopCloseBuy, an online auction and e-commerce site. .
“They are based in Haliburton so that keeps the business here in our community,” explained Melichar.
The auction, with over 150 items to bid on, runs from November 22 to December 5. All proceeds raised will help fund the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary. Items on offer include works by local artists, including an oil painting by James Woods, a watercolor by Nancy Kursbatt, hand-carved pieces by Eric Almeida, and a chainsaw-carved piece by Walter Vanderwindt.
Throughout the year, the sanctuary is occupied by human and animal activities, from volunteers, led by the founder and head rehabilitator Monika Melichar, to the hundreds of animals in their care.
“We have our core of volunteers who have been with me for many years,” said Melichar. Due to the pandemic, it has been difficult to attract new volunteers. However, that hasn’t slowed the pace of the animals that have passed through their doors this year: “We have helped over 750 animals so far.
In addition to this, the sanctuary built a new enclosure to house the large number of animals, as well as extensions to their intensive care and nursery buildings, which brought running water to these facilities for the first time. times in the decades of history of the sanctuary. This has been a huge project for the shrine and made things at the shrine a lot easier. With the major improvements made, Monika says the sanctuary is now focused on maintaining its facilities and maintaining the quality of animal care.
“Medication and medical treatment for some of these animals is quite expensive,” says Melichar. Additionally, the sanctuary should maintain a regular supply of specialty foods that are needed for baby animals in the spring, including milk intended specifically for animals like squirrels and deer. On top of all this, they need money to maintain the regular daily operations of the sanctuary.
“In a typical day, all the diets are prepared and they are distributed,” said Melichar, explaining what a day at the shrine entails. The sanctuary also handles medical procedures such as stitching and bandaging, as well as keeping the animals comfortably air-conditioned while they recover.
In addition to financial support, Melichar said the sanctuary is always looking for volunteers, including drivers and other support positions that don’t necessarily require handling animals.
“We will be looking for volunteers who may not necessarily want to work with the animals, but who want to be part of the sanctuary,” she explained. “And they can do things like promotions and advertising… help us with our social media and our newsletter and things like that.”
In addition to this year’s online auction, the community is encouraged to support the Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary by making a direct monetary donation, making a purchase from their Amazon Wish List, or donating supplies from their list of requested items on the shrine website.
The auction will take place from November 22 to December 5 at haliburtonhighlands.shopcloseby.ca, with a list of items available to view now.
You can find more information about Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, including details on how you can lend your support, by visiting their website at woodlandswildlifesanctuary.ca.
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