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Toronto Wildlife Centre presents Wild Ball

Join Toronto Wildlife Centre at our annual fundraising gala on November 14th at the Palais Royale for a night of fine dining, comedy and special musical performances – all while supporting the care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife! Meet fellow animal lovers, watch fascinating videos about our wild patients,… Read More

Farmhouse Garden Visiting Day and Campfire

We are finally having another visiting day! Come spend the day giving our animal friends love and treats 🙂 – We will have a campfire, serve hot chocolate, and make s’mores. – We’ll also be selling vegan sausages on a bun. – Dress very warmly, as we will… Read More

Animal Profile: The Life of a Dairy Cow

Care of Bonnie Shulman   Got milk? Pity. If you’ve ever seen documentaries about farm animals like Peaceable Kingdom you’ll already know that cows are emotional animals with strong family bonds. Mother cows care for their calves and even other cows nearby will come over to meet a new calf and help out where they can. Farm Sanctuary, with shelters in New York and California, have endless stories to tell about the cows on their farms, such as Queenie, who escaped from a factory farm and immediatey began conversing with the other cows at the sanctuary. But for dairy cows, the chances to express themselves amongst others of their own species are virtually non-existent. A dairy cow’s life is a continuous cycle of impregnation, birth, and milking to provide one thing only – a constant supply of milk for human consumption and profit. A dairy cow will be milked for 10 months out of the year, including seven months of each of her consecutive nine-month pregnancies. Two to three times a day, seven days a week, she will be attached to an electric milking machine. In her narrow, concrete stall she can do nothing but await the next milking. When… Read More


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Animal Profile: Let’s Rave About Rabbits

Care of Bonnie Shulman   I first read Richard Adams’ Watership Down in my 30s. It became my life’s best book, defining my thoughts on life and death, war, conflict and friendship, personality and destiny. Watership Down is about rabbits. Each rabbit represents one of us. Read the book again, it’s worth at least 30 reads by my estimation. Which rabbit are you? Which would you rather be? As described in the book, rabbits truly have a hard life. Being prey animals, they are constantly on the watch for hawks, owls, wolves, bobcats and foxes not to mention wild or domesticated dogs. However, as they are considered vermin by farmers and proud owners of vegetable plots, their biggest enemy is humans. Rabbits in Australia and New Zealand are considered to be such a pest that land owners are legally obliged to control them. Rabbits are both hunted and bred for meat, and are most often killed by hitting the back of their heads. I recall a food editor of a major Canadian newspaper buying a rabbit, raising it to adulthood, and then, cuddling it close, killing it with a smash of a rock to the back of the head. “I… Read More


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Animal Profile: Caring About Calves

Care of Bonnie Shulman   Baby cows can do the most extraordinary things. Take Durham, a hungry yet underweight calf living on a farm in England. He was given second helpings every day to help him put on more weight. Durham learned to recognize the different people on the farm; so that when he wanted a third helping, he never asked the person who had fed him, but someone else instead, putting on an extravagant show to pretend he hadn’t been fed yet that day. Calves are cute, mischievous, and they love their moms. They like to play with the other calves and in these respects they are very much like human children. Unfortunately, on dairy farms the bonds between calves and their mothers are broken far too early. Male calves are the unwanted by-products of the dairy industry. Most male dairy calves are either slaughtered as soon as they are born or simply heaped in a pile and discarded as trash. Some farmers sell their unwanted male calves to be raised for beef or veal. Beef calves undergo a multitude of invasive and often very painful procedures, in most cases without an anesthetic, to keep costs down. Veal calves… Read More


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