2494 Dunrobin Road
Ottawa, ON K0A 1T0
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CCWR Mission

Wildlife Rehabilitation

"Wildlife rehabilitation is the practice of skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated care provided by qualified persons for injured, orphaned, diseased or displaced wildlife. Rehabilitators have one ultimate goal; to return wildlife to their native habitat, in optimum health."
(OWREN - Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network)

CCWR is working towards a Wildlife Custodian Authorization, to be issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources. We are applying for the funding needed to build our intake clinic and animal enclosures in the hope of taking in injured and orphaned wildlife starting in spring 2011.

Public Education

Some harm to wildlife can be prevented through public education. CCWR will develop an extensive campaign to inform the public on the role people can play in minimizing the impact humans have on wildlife.


CCWR believes that we need to respect nature and that all life should have value and meaning. When human industry interferes with the balance of nature, we need to take a responsible approach. CCWR will work with city officials and developers, speaking on behalf of wildlife when its well-being is threatened by land development.


CCWR has evolved from The Angora Goat Sanctuary which provides a permanent home to unwanted, neglected or abused farm animals. The Sanctuary branch of CCWR will continue to provide excellent care and a permanent home for these animals.

CCWR Vision

A City that Prevents Conflicts with Wildlife

CCWR will work to help Ottawa become a city that prevents conflicts with wildlife. We want to see fences to keep animals off roads where collisions are frequent. We want to see over passes and tunnels that allow the safe passage of wild animals through city green spaces.

A City that Respects and Accommodates Wildlife

CCWR will lobby urban planners, city officials and developers so that the impact on resident wildlife populations are accommodated when new roads and housing developments are being planned. We want to anticipate the problems that will result in displacing wildlife and destroying habitat and consider alternatives to minimize the loss of biodiversity and natural greenspace.

A City with a Plan for Resolving Wildlife Issues

CCWR will work toward ensuring Ottawa develops a comprehensive plan for resolving issues with wild animals in the city. We will ensure that solutions are based on collaboration between appropriate agencies so that any threat is resolved with minimum harm to both the wild animals and people.

History of CCWR

It all began with a fawn ...

This adventure starts with a fawn who was brought to Galloping Goat Farm in the summer of 2009. Because it is illegal to keep wildlife without MNR approval, we knew we had to transfer her into the care of an authorized wildlife custodian.

A lot of web searching and telephone calls put us in contact with the Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary in Napanee. We were very surprised to find that there was no organization closer to Ottawa that could take in fawns. More research revealed that Ottawa has the highest number of collisions with deer in Ontario. Also there are many wild mammals in this region that are injured or orphaned as a result of human impact each year and a huge lack of resources for providing humane care for these animals.

Our group of Dunrobin area landowners (Lynne Rowe, Chris Busby, Anne Downes, Eva Pollmaecher and Shannon Cuddihey) had became increasingly aware of wildlife issues resulting from the rapid expansion of the Kanata area. New subdivisions are popping up quickly where recently there were forest and meadow, displacing wildlife without giving the animals time to adapt. These concerned community members decided to pursue a wildlife custodian authorization and create a new wildlife rehabilitation centre, initially to be located at Galloping Goat Farm in Dunrobin.

The first year ...

As a first step, Lynne and Eva prepared for and passed the required Wildlife Custodian Examinations. Anne Downes agreed to be the primary veterinarian for the refuge, another requirement for wildlife custodian authorization. We obtained a charity license through cooperating with an existing charity (The Angora Goat Sanctuary) and adapting its mission to include wildlife rescue.

At present ...

The Board of Directors consists of Chris Busby, Eva Pollmaecher, Valerie Bruyere and Shannon Cuddihey. Lynne Rowe is the volunteer Executive Director. Anne Downes is our volunteer veterinarian. However, much of the hard work is being done by a dedicated force of volunteers: Edna, Sulo, Sue M., Amber, Sue C., Melissa, Bryan, Dylan, Janice, Jeremy, Terry, Kasia, Leah, Lorilee, Kent, Valerie, Ashley, Anita, Kay, Gail, Elena, Geoff, Hanny, Willy, Erika, Lindsay, Delia.