The region’s go-to centre for animal rehabilitation was busier than ever in 2018.
Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth, N.S. treated 4,400 animals and birds this year — that’s around 500 more than it typically sees, according to the organization’s founder Hope Swinimer.
“It’s been an incredibly busy year for 2018. We’ve had the most patients ever, the most variety of patients too,” she said.
The centre rehabilitates all species of wildlife, including birds of prey, foxes and reptiles, before releasing them back into the wild.
Swinimer says the increase is due to a variety of factors.
“It tells me a few things: maybe that more and more people are aware that there is a place you can take wildlife that will be helped medically and placed back into the wild and the word is out there in Nova Scotia that we do this kind of work,” she said.
“Maybe we are seeing a lot more collisions on the highways, so that may have an affect. With less habitat too, we are finding a lot more conflicts between wildlife and people.”
Volunteers from all over the world
To help keep up with the demand, the centre hired a record 50 interns this past year.
Sarah Locke from Huntsville, Ont. is working her first shift on New Year’s Eve.
“I love it! I’m really looking forward to getting more experience with the wildlife they have local here that we don’t have back in Ontario,” she said.
The centre predicts 2019 will be just as busy.
“We are always looking for manpower, extra help,” said Swinimer.
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