Every person has been affected by COVID-19. Our family at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is no different.
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is Durham Regions only Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; taking in thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife each year with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat. Over 65 non-releasable animals call our wildlife centre home permanently. Each with their own unique story as to why they can not go back into the wild. Some have required extensive surgeries and long-term medication, while others simply needed a refuge to recover from a rough start to life. The effects of COVID-19 on our wildlife centre have been devastating. We have lost 99% of our revenue due to the closure of schools, festivals, events and camps we can do no educational events. We have had to release 95% of our volunteers to do our part of flattening the curve. In March these hard realities forced us to temporarily close our doors and only care for the over 100 individual animals that have already been admitted.
We are now in our 3rd month of closure. My family and I work daily along side 1 or 2 volunteers to ensure that all the animals have the best possible care. I have come to the harsh realization that the long-term impacts of many months of closure will become increasingly difficult. What is already a difficult situation, becomes more difficult with every passing day, and gets even more concerning if one of the animals requires any emergency veterinary care.
Rescue Me, a charitable organization, has selected Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue to support through a fundraising campaign, specifically for veterinary care. Our goal with this fundraiser is to raise enough money for any veterinary expenses that may occur in the next few months, so that we are not using government loans to purchase medication, surgery or specific supplies.
We hope that our many supporters can help make sure that the animals all have the best possible care, in a situation that unfortunately we had no plan in place for. Once this pandemic subsides, and life as we know it turns to normal, or the new normal, we will all need a safe place in the community, where our children can make new memories, socialize, interact, feel happy and embrace their love of wildlife.
We know that you care about our animals and love them just as much as we do. Please help us make sure we can stay on track and provide the best care possible to them during this difficult time. By making a small donation towards their veterinary needs. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt.