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Adreanna MacIntyre is appealing to the public to donate to Hope For Wildlife.
NEW GLASGOW – Adreanna MacIntyre wanted to do something special for her birthday this month.
Hand-made signs in front of her home on High Street in New Glasgow tell much of the story; they ask for donations from the public for Hope for Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization located in Seaforth, N.S.
Once a year, Hope for Wildlife holds an open house, their biggest fundraiser.
“I took her down there last year and it made such a big impression on us,” said her grandmother, Donna MacIntyre.“They do a lot of work for abandoned deer, especially this time of year.”
According to its website, Hope for Wildlife has rescued, rehabilitated, and released more than 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals since its inception 20 years ago,
“In addition to the ongoing provision of care we offer, Hope for Wildlife aims to connect people to wildlife in a positive way through knowledge and understanding,” the website states.
“Every year, we assist over 10,000 callers through our wildlife helpline, welcome thousands of visitors to our facilities for tours, give hundreds of offsite educational presentations to community and school groups, and collect a wide range of data from animals treated at our rehabilitation centre.”
Adreanna is holding a belated birthday party next weekend – she turned seven on March 18 – and is asking guests to donate to Hope for Wildlife instead of giving her presents.
They are accepting cash, beddings for the animals and food, “especially root vegetables,” Donna explained. “Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, fresh fruit.”
They’ve accepted more than $100 in donations so far, as well as bags of rabbit and bird feed, and even some special-made squirrel food. They will be taking donations until April 7; the following day, the family will load up all that they have collected and head to Hope for Wildlife to drop it off.
”We’ve had some donations of food, but a lot of people just drop off money,” Donna added. “We had one stop here yesterday – she stopped and said ‘is five dollars okay?’”