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    Releases Recovered Wildlife

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    Provides Food & Shelter

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    Offers Outreach & Education

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    Rehabilitates Wildlife

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    Provides Medical Treatment

Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is dedicated to treating injured and orphaned wildlife, providing valuable outreach and education services to the community and engaging all volunteers in motivational work and skill building experience.

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Featured News & Events

  • PHoto Credit:  Andrea S. H. Hunt

    Cougar Cub Finds a New Home

    CWRS is pleased to report that, in partnership with the Alberta Government’s Environment and Sustainable Resources Development (ESRD), we were able to find a home for an orphaned cougar cub dropped off at the centre last month. The female cub, who weighed about 2.5kg and was estimated to be roughly 2-3 months of age, was found alone in the snow. Cougars cannot be raised in captivity and released back into the wild. The only options for her were captivity, immediate release or euthanasia. Thankfully, we were quickly able to find a home for her at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg and she was transferred to them earlier this week.
    We would like to emphasize that any member of the public that comes across a wild animal they suspect to be orphaned should contact ESRD and/or a wildlife rehabilitation center before taking the animal away from the area. Often times the animal is not truly orphaned and the mother has just left it while she is off looking for food. Common examples include deer, elk, moose, porcupine, and hares. While not nearly as common to come across a cougar cub, their mothers will leave them for several hours while they hunt. They have the best chance of survival with their mothers and we strongly believe that if at all possible wildlife should remain in the wild.
    Photo Credit: Andrea S. H. Hunt
    Photo Credit: Andrea S. H. Hunt
    Photo Credit: Andrea S. H. Hunt

  • CWRS in the Metro

    Thanks to Jessica Patterson at the Metro News for writing this article featuring a patient of ours with the important reminder that litter harms wildlife.

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    Trash is harmful to wildlife!

    Please remember that litter is harmful to our wildlife and environment.
    This little skunk came to us after being found stuck in the plastic lid of a slurpee cup. As you can see he sustained a large wound that completely surrounds his neck and right shoulder. Country Hills Veterinary Clinic was kind enough to provide radiographs for him. Once he is strong enough, surgery will be performed by our veterinary team to repair the extensive wounds. He will require intensive care over the next several weeks but we are cautiously optimistic that he will recover.
    At CWRS we think wildlife deserve high quality veterinary care. The only way we can continue to provide this to our wildlife patients is through donations from the public. Please consider making a donation so we can continue to provide the care that our injured wildlife patients need. If you would like to specifically donate to the care of this skunk, please contact us directly (403-266-2282).
    Please ‘Share’ this post on Facebook so we can reach more people about this important message.
    Thank-you for your continued support of CWRS!

    All photos credited to Owen Slater.

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