Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Since 1997, we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing over 250 species.
In addition to the ongoing provision of care we offer, Hope for Wildlife aims to connect people to wildlife in a positive way through knowledge and understanding. Every year, we assist over 20,000 callers through our wildlife helpline, welcome thousands of visitors to our facilities for tours, give hundreds of offsite educational presentations to community and school groups, and collect a wide range of data from animals treated at our rehabilitation centre.
Hope for Wildlife comes from humble beginnings. With just a few cages in the backyard and a room in her house as a nursery, Hope rehabbed about 40 animals in her first year. By 1996, word of this grew and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) determined that a permit was required; however, such a permit did not exist in the province at that time. She worked with DNR to establish a licensing process (using the United States as a model), and in 1997, moved to Winnie’s Way in Seaforth where she received her Rehabilitator Permit.
Hope for Wildlife was the first privately owned wildlife rehabilitation centre in Nova Scotia, taking in about 200 animals per year. But the demands on the rehab soon outgrew the property again, and in 2001, she relocated within Seaforth to “the farm,” which was a larger property that would accommodate the rehab’s immediate needs but also leave room to grow.
What People Are Saying
"Staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and invested in their work! Our tour guide and was enthusiastic, energetic and skillfully managed our group. I am already planning return trip! Thank you for all the good work you are doing and for sharing it effectively and enjoyably with our future leaders!"
— MD Nicks
"With such dedication and determination, not to mention volunteers, this is a successful rehab for injured and orphaned animals. Animals that otherwise would have died are given a new lease on life; all because of these dedicated people."
— Sol Alhstrom