When we said we were going to visit Nova Scotia during our vacation, my mother-in-law told us about this great TV show she had been watching: Hope For Wildlife.
It’s a wonderful show about Hope, the owner of an animal sanctuary with a mission of returning as many animals to the wild as possible. Her sanctuary is located in the tiny town of Seaforth, Nova Scotia, right on the coast.
Here’s a promo clip for the show:
Any animal that hasn’t become too familiar with humans and is native to the area will be returned to the wild. Animals that are not native to the area, or that have become too accustomed to interacting with humans can’t be released and will stay at Hope For Wildlife permanently.
We had the chance to tour the sanctuary and meet some of the full-time animal residents. We were given an hour-long guided tour, and were able to meet some of the animals up close.
None of the animals we saw will be released because they have either imprinted on humans, have lost essential defensive mechanisms, or they aren’t native to Nova Scotia.
This little guy is a three-legged skunk could no longer spray, and as a result, has no natural defense in the wild.
This peacock was found wandering around the outskirts of the city. It’s obviously not naturally found in Nova Scotia, so it’s now a permanent resident of Hope For Wildlife.
This is the hospital, where staff can perform any procedure or treatment that the animals might need.
Below is a Pine Martin, who has a special bond with Hope. In fact, according to our guide, this little guy actually has access through tunnels into her house!
We didn’t get to see any of the animals that they hope to release back into the wild. That’s intentional. The staff do everything they can to avoid enabling the animals to become too familiar with humans.
We also got to see the new facility that is currently being built. The plan is for Hope to live on the top floor of the building, while the lower two floors will be used for animal treatment and rehabilitation.
Tune into the reality TV series, Hope For Wildlife, or find it on YouTube to check out the many stories of animals rescued and returned to the wild.
Hope For Wildlife was a wonderful place to visit and learn more about. Admission is free with a donation, and their summer hours are 10am-4pm daily.