About the Sanctuary

Saving our Wildlife ~ One Animal at a Time since 2008
WWS is a year-round wildlife rehabilitation centre located on 45 acres in Minden, Ontario, Canada.   

Founder and director Monika Melichar has dedicated her life to helping wildlife in need.  With a BSc in zoology and with over 25 years experience rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife, she is authorized as a Wildlife Custodian by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also holds a special Migratory Bird permit, allowing the sanctuary and all the volunteers to care for most species of wildlife.  Unfortunately, after many years of rehabbing raccoons, she has developed severe allergies to them and can no longer accept them into care. 

Most species of injured and orphaned wildlife are accepted, rehabilitated and released back to their natural environment.   

At WWS, we believe every wild animal should be treated with equal respect, as each and every one has its own importance within the circle of life.  From tiny newborns to injured adults, we work tirelessly to ensure their survival and ultimate return back into the wild.  

   Each year, more and more species are making their way up the Species at Risk list.  As their natural habitats diminish, and climate change takes its toll, we give them a helping hand in hopes of making a difference, now and for generations to come.  We care of each and every wild one as if they were the last of their kind.

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WWS is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-based charity. Every penny donated supports the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife.

Our Mandate is to...

Rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wildlife back into their natural environment

Educate and promote a better understanding, respect and appreciation for our natural environment and all its inhabitants

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Watch this short video of one of our many success stories