CTV News: Manitoulin Transports saves wildlife rescue centers across Ontario
Since January, Manitoulin Transport has been delivering multiple pallets of food and cleaning supplies free of charge to Ontario Wildlife Rescue Centers across the province.
Wildlife rescue centers take in injured or orphaned wild animals, rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild. The centers are licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, but they do not receive support from any level of government. Most centers are run by volunteers and are entirely dependent on the public for their support.
Food is one of the biggest expenses for any wildlife rescue center. Several pet food companies donate expired, damaged or abandoned dry dog food to Ontario Wildlife Rescues; however, getting food to centers across the province proved costly and at times impractical.
Manitoulin Transport has already delivered 51 pallets, or approximately 25 tonnes of food and cleaning supplies, to rescue centers across Ontario, including Sudbury, Barrie, Thunder Bay, Huntsville, Ottawa, Peterborough, Pembroke, London, Cambridge and St. Catharines.
“Ontario Wildlife Rescue is doing a great job. Their volunteers put their heart and soul into helping wild animals and we wanted to do our part and get involved. Manitoulin Transport is proud to support such an important cause,” said Jeff Smith, Vice President, Manitoulin Group of Companies.
Sandy Donald, director of Ontario Wildlife Rescue, told CTV that Manitoulin Transport staff are absolutely thrilled to help wildlife; we see it on their faces every time they make a delivery.
Much of the dog food donated by Manitoulin Transport goes to the “Bear With Us” rescue center in the Huntsville area. Donald said starving as a bear is a true saying; in 2021, this relief center went through more than 40 tons of food.
Manitoulin Transport’s Ottawa Terminal also presented a check for $2,500 to the Ottawa Wild Bird Care rescue center during its recent delivery.
Manitoulin Transport’s generous support of Ontario Wildlife Rescue has made a big difference in the number of injured and orphaned wildlife that have been rescued.
More information on how to support Ontario Wildlife Rescue can be found on their website.