Caring for Our Wildlife Auction 2021

START
24
April 2021
12:00 PM EDT
END
01
May 2021
12:08 PM EDT
RAISED
$12,542.43
GOAL $10,000.00
125.4% REACHED!

About Our Auction

In 2020, our centre unexpectedly became the sole authorized wildlife rehabilitation centre serving roughly 130,000 square kilometres of Northeastern Ontario. We have cared for animals from as far away as Kenora, Timmins, and North Bay. Our intake of wildlife quadrupled last year. Since each animal has its own special needs for diet, housing, and treatment, the costs add up. In 2020, expenses reached close to $40,000 even with volunteers providing all the labour. We receive no public funding. We believe that life is precious, and that caring for nature is important, and frankly, the right thing to do. We hope that you do too. This auction will help to ensure that we have the funds to continue operating, and still maintain physical distance during the pandemic.

Please bid often, and bid generously if you can. All proceeds will support animal care. Our auction is open for bidding from noon on Saturday, April 24th to noon on Saturday, May 1st (EDT).

BIDDING:
Anyone can browse the auction, but to bid, you must create an account with your name and e-mail address.

PROXY BIDS (optional):
This software will bid on your behalf if you enter in the maximum amount you are willing to pay. Should you be outbid, it will automatically place a bid (in the amount of the noted bid increment) on your behalf up to the maximum amount and alert you by email if you have been outbid.

EXTENDED BIDDING:
If a bid is received during the last 30 seconds prior to auction close, the bidding for that item will be automatically be extended for 3 additional minutes and then close permanently. This gives other bidders a fair chance to win the item.

PAYMENTS:
At close of auction, if you are a successful bidder, you will receive an invoice by email for the item(s) you won, and it will contain a link to PayPal where you can either pay with your PayPal account or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress).

QUESTIONS:
If you have any questions about our auction, please use the handy link to send an email and our volunteer auction coordinator will respond as soon as possible. Please avoid calling the centre with auction questions as they are busy caring for animals and responding to wildlife emergencies.

THANK YOU!
We are grateful for the support of everyone who donated to this auction, and for everyone who bids or shares the link. In the description of each item, you will see a "Donated by" box. If you have a moment to visit our donors' websites or Facebook pages, please do, and think of them if you are considering purchases. Thank you!

FUTURE FUNDRAISING:
If you'd like to donate items to future fundraising events in support of Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre, please add your name to this list - https://forms.gle/VvngpcLy2ojjUUnp6

We have several fundraising activities on now. Click here for more information: http://www.turtlepondwc.com/fundraising

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Our website: http://turtlepondwc.com


About Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre

Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre is a small wildlife centre located in Val Caron, Ontario. The centre was founded by Gloria Morissette in 2017. After managing another local wildlife centre for over a decade, Gloria started Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre.

In 2020, our centre unexpectedly became the sole authorized wildlife rehabilitation centre serving roughly 130,000 square kilometres of Northeastern Ontario. We have cared for animals from as far away as Kenora, Timmins, and North Bay.

Our intake of wildlife quadrupled last year. Since each animal has its own special needs for diet, housing, and treatment, the costs add up. In 2020, expenses reached close to $40,000 even with volunteers providing all the labour. We receive no public funding. Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity. Wildlife rehabilitation is considered an ‘essential service’ and our operation continues during the global pandemic.

In recent years, Canada's wildlife has seen so many challenges - from climate change, habitat loss, and pollution - that wildlife rehabilitation grows increasingly important. Those who come across orphaned, injured, or ill wild animals find it to be an immense relief to bring animals to us, knowing that we will do all that we can to help them recover and live their wild lives again. Together, we can give our wildlife a second chance at a wild life.

Our focus on turtles is due to that fact that all 8 species of turtle in Ontario are listed as Species at Risk, and they reproduce very slowly. Females only lay eggs once they reach maturity (8-25 years old depending on the species) and only 1 in 100 turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood! It can take decades of nesting for one turtle to replace itself.
Habitat loss, climate change, and especially road mortality are major contributors to the decline of turtle numbers. Other factors include poaching for food or the pet trade, boating mortality (hit by propellors), and fishing or trapping bycatch (meaning they weren't the target animal). At our centre, we are able to incubate the eggs of our patients and overwinter the hatchlings thereby increasing their chances once released into the wild.

Turtle Pond accommodates all species of wildlife whenever possible, and will strive to find transport for animals to other wildlife rehabilitation facilities if it is in the best interest of the patient.

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