Bears, foxes, lynx and wolves (Canada)
A sprawling wildlife sanctuary located on 460 acres in Rosseau, Ontario (about a 90-minute drive from Barrie), Aspen Valley works to rescue and rehabilitate a who’s who of Canadian wildlife, with the goal of releasing the animals safely back into the wild. It is also the permanent home to almost 30 animals that cannot be safely released, including black bears, Arctic foxes, coyotes, lynx, wolves, moose, foxes and bobcats. A registered not-for-profit, the facility is supported by donors, a small support staff, and over one hundred volunteers worldwide. During spring and summer, up to 16 full-time volunteers must commit to four or eight consecutive weeks to become animal caregivers. Responsibilities include animal intake, feeding, cleaning, enclosure maintenance and other duties. Volunteers (aged 18 and up) may be assigned to specific animals and will be responsible for them seven days a week. Shared accommodation and meals are provided on-site. Fall and winter are less busy periods, primarily involved in caring for resident animals, including squirrels and raccoons. Part-time volunteer positions are also available for greeters, tour guides, maintenance, drivers, and support caregiving without handling the animals. The sanctuary, which does not buy, breed or sell wildlife, is open to the public by appointment only.