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Medicine River doing great work

On Nov. 8, while out for a walk with my dog, we happened upon a cat sitting on the side of one of the range roads east of the city. It was apparent that the cat was in distress, as it made no move to run off as we got closer.

I immediately texted my neighbour, requesting a telephone number for Medicine River Wildlife Centre. Earlier that week, I knew they had been called regarding a young moose, which appeared injured in one of the fields, along 39th Street as Medicine River Wildlife had sent out someone immediately to investigate. Recognizing this, I asked her for the telephone number and information to see if they would assist with the cat we had just came across.

I telephoned their office and left a message. In the meantime, I went back to my house, gathered up a warm blanket and picked up the cat from the side of the road. I also telephoned Piper Creek Vet clinic and made arrangements to have it examined. Shortly after arriving home with the cat, I received a call from Carol at Medicine River Wildlife, advising they would be sending out a volunteer to pick up the cat and have it taken to a veterinary.

Later that evening, the volunteer came out. In examining it, she explained the cat was badly dehydrated and starved and wasn’t sure it could be saved. I was fine with that, knowing it was off the road and would die a death with dignity, as opposed to freezing to death and being exposed to coyotes.

I would like to publicly thank Carol and her volunteers at Medicine River for their dedication and hard work in assisting with injured, orphaned and compromised wildlife and animals. According to their website, they treat close to 1,300 animals annually.

As Carol explained, their focus is to rehabilitate and release injured, and orphaned wild animals across this province. However, she and her group have been assisting more and more with situations much like the one I had come across on our range road.

In this fast-paced world where decisions are made based on finances and rationality, it is nice to know that there are organizations that truly care and take action.

This group is currently upgrading their 22-year-old facility, which will house a state of art wildlife hospital and an education centre. They are able to secure provincial and federal grants; however these funds, like many grants, must be matched with money that is raised through the public.

I hope when you consider gifting, you consider this facility and the work they do. I certainly have. The rehabilitation and education they will be able to provide is greatly needed.

Please go to their website and obtain more information on their project (

Thank you again to Carol and her terrific staff: your work and dedication is greatly appreciated and needed within our province. Thank you for caring!

Jean Bota

Red Deer County



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