WRSOS - Past, Present and Future
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan had its beginnings in the 1990s in Regina when a small group of educators and wildlife lovers joined forces. In the early years, difficulty getting Federal permits to work with migratory birds meant that much of the emphasis was on educating the public through outreach programs. WRSOS went into hibernation for a few years until 2005 when provincial permits were once again issued to care for wildlife under the provincial jurisdiction.
The first Federal permit was also issued in 2005, opening up greater opportunities for wildlife rehabilitation in the province and allowing WRSOS and rehabilitators to once again become active advocates for injured and orphaned wildlife in Saskatchewan.
WRSOS continues to be a province-wide umbrella organization designed to support the needs of independent, licensed rehabilitators through advocacy, educational opportunities, and, most importantly, by running the hotline.
The Wildlife Hotline operates 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. Volunteers respond to public inquiries about injured and orphaned wildlife and assess the situations by asking a series of questions designed to determine if the animals are in need or exhibiting natural behaviours. WRSOS volunteers also assist callers to manage “nuisance” wildlife in a humane manner through education, tolerance and understanding.
WRSOS currently receives over 2000 calls per year. By providing the initial triage we are able to assist the rehabilitators by allowing them to focus directly on the animals while WRSOS provides the initial assessment and vet care if needed. In cases that do require intervention, we have approximately 70 volunteers around the province that help to form a transportation network either to one of the 20 licensed rehabilitators or to one of the 20 veterinarian clinics around the province that support us.
WRSOS also offers educational and training opportunities by hosting the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s rehabilitation classes as well as our annual family-oriented, educational fundraiser, Gone Wild for Wildlife.
WRSOS looks forward to continuing the Wildlife Hotline and expanding our educational focus to include school outreach programs and other educational events. The future is wide open and we have many ideas for potential growth opportunities.
With your help, and the help of our dedicated volunteers, WRSOS hopes to continue keeping Saskatchewan wildlife wild for many years to come.