Part five of Wild Summer, The Intelligencer’s series on Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. Scroll to the bottom for links to the other parts.
NAPANEE — For animals on eastern Ontario roads, death comes on four wheels – but so does salvation.
For almost 5,000 injured and sick wildlife per year, a chance at recovery begins with a ride to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre.
“We always need volunteers, especially drivers,” said the centre’s assistant director, Leah Birmingham. She’s a registered veterinary technologist and licensed wildlife custodian.
Sandy Pines isn’t a sanctuary: it’s a place where wildlife are assessed, treated, rehabilitated, and released to the wild. They come from roughly Toronto to Ottawa, but mainly the area between Cobourg, Brockville and Highway 7.
Those which can’t be rehabilitated to the point of surviving in the wild – about half of those which come here – are euthanized humanely. The rest are released as soon as they’re ready.