Wildlife rehabilitation keeps Saskatchewan group busy
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan held a fundraiser in Saskatoon on Saturday
Parrots, owls, vultures, eagles, raccoon, coyotes and deer; all species that the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan has rescued and rehabilitated.
Saturday the group held an event for kids in Saskatoon, aptly titled 'Kids Gone Wild for Wildlife'.
There were parrots, owls, butterflies and other insects there for children to interact with. All part of the group's mandate to educate people in Saskatchewan that there is help for wild animals.
Michelle Alston helped organize the event. Alston says this education starts with what society teaches children about wildlife.
"The earlier we educate the kids about how to deal with wildlife and what we are infringing upon in their habitat, that will hopefully provide for the wildlife in the future," Alston said.
The group works with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to provide care for injured, ill and orphaned animals. The animals receive care from veterinarians and the College's students who specialize in wild and exotic animal medicine.
"If someone hits an owl on the side of the road that can be rehabbed, we have the facilities throughout the province and the means to get a hold of that animal rehabilitate it and release it," Alston said.
The group runs a daily hot-line that people can call into if they have information on an injured wild animal that needs help. The number in 306-242-7177.
Saturday's event was the second annual fundraiser the non-profit organization has held in Saskatoon. They are currently looking for volunteers.