A registered charitable Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Regina takes in and cares for more than 1,500 wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians each year from a 600 square foot clinic.
Salt Harbor West is running out of space and has a campaign to raise money for a new clinic. The director said they usually have 40 patients in the winter months, but currently 70 and that a larger space is needed.
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“We’re almost double what we normally have and we started with just a few hundred patients in a year, and we’ve gone up to more than 1,500 patients a year that we see,” said Megan Lawrence.
“Our clinic just can’t handle so many patients anymore. We definitely need a new facility.”
There is no prize that Salthaven West hopes to achieve, but whatever donations they receive, they would look for a suitable space near the city.
“We know that most of our patients are from here, and it’s easy for people when they bring us patients to be as close to the city as possible,” Lawrence said.
“So if we can find something in the city that meets our needs or just on the outskirts of the city, maybe in terms of acreage, that’s mostly what we’re looking for.”
Along with the fundraising campaign, Salthaven West also hopes to expand their volunteer base.
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“We just hired a few more. But we hope with a bigger clinic we can take in more volunteers because space is very limited,” she said.
“So. we can only have a limited number of volunteers here at a time taking care of the patients.”
Salthaven West opened its doors five years ago and hopes to continue to serve the community and surrounding areas. The fundraiser can be seen on their website.
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