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The Hope for Wildlife Society says "thank you" for helping build the Marine Wildlife Rescue Unit and the Bobcat Unit.

The specific projects the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation has helped with are the Marine Wildlife Rescue Unit and the new Bobcat Unit.

The Marine Wildlife Rescue Unit was borne out of the increasing demand for assistance with orphaned seals, but it is also an important addition for the care of injured and oiled birds. The new unit has two large swimming pools and a smaller wading pool outdoors as well as smaller indoor holding units for animals requiring more intensive treatment or extra warmth and protection from the elements. The unit was primarily completed over the summer of 2013 with a few finishing touches added over the winter. It housed two seals pre-release last year but was used to its full potential early in 2014 with the admittance of the first orphaned grey seal of the season. "Mellow Yellow" was in care for just shy of three months. Her intake weight was just 11 kg and she was plagued with a host of infections. Upon release she had grown to a healthy 32 kg.

The unit has also been very helpful for seabird patients such as murre and dovekie to test their waterproofing and mobility pre-release. As the weather warms up, the unit will also accommodate injured turtles. The new large mammal unit has been built to far exceed the minimum requirements for bobcat, and is also appropriate for fisher and otter. Over the years, Hope for Wildlife has been given permission to rehabilitate these species on an individual basis; however the animals are not included in HFW's rehabilitation permits. In late 2012, Hope for Wildlife was informed that special permission would no longer be granted and in order to rehabilitate these animals, the Society must be fully licensed. 

While appropriate caging already exists on site, the Department of Natural Resources insisted that a new enclosure be built specifically for this purpose, farther away from other units at the centre. The unit was designed using years of experience plus some knowledge gained by travelling to other rehabilitation centres in North America that specialize in bobcat care. 

With the unit now complete, it is now simply a matter of paperwork for the society to receive the license, which we are very much looking forward to!

Allison Dubé
Webmaster/Capacity Builder
Hope for Wildlife Society

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