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Our Mission

We help wildlife get back home to the wild.

Many wildlife adapt to living in our urban Ottawa environments, but they face many challenges. Mothers are accidentally killed by cars or illegally trapped and relocated, leaving behind orphaned babies. If they lose their mother while they are young and vulnerable, these babies have no hope except for the care we provide.

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Get Involved

We would not be able to help so many wildlife without the help of our dedicated team of staff, interns and volunteers. There are many ways to get involved and help wildlife. We have opportunities for summer student employment, full-time internships, Volunteers and co-op and field placements.

Come join our dynamic and diverse team of people from the community with a passion for wildlife and the environment.

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

4 days 15 hours ago

Found a turtle on the road? Here's how to help: ๐Ÿข Eyes peeled! Watch for turtles basking or crossing. ๐Ÿข Safety first! Stop only if

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

6 days 15 hours ago

Not all slithery things are scary! Happy #WorldSnakeDay! Let's appreciate the beauty and ecological importance of snakes. #RVWSWildlife ๐Ÿ

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

1 week 5 days ago

It's #DontStepOnABee Day! These buzzing buddies are vital pollinators, keeping our plants (and our food!) thriving. Let's celebrate by learning more about bee conservation!

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

3 weeks 15 hours ago

Proud to be Canadian! Wishing you a happy and safe Canada Day. #TrueNorthStrongandFree

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

3 weeks 4 days ago

Can you help us win $10,000 for our precious babies? Donate to RVWS through Canada Helps by June 30th and give wildlife a chance to

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

3 weeks 5 days ago

We sincerely thank everyone who has and continues to donate to help wildlife in need! โค If you are interested in donating please visit:

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

4 weeks 12 hours ago

Groundhogs are MUCH more than just lawnmowers! They're actually omnivores, enjoying a variety of plants, fruits, and even insects. #RVWSWildlife #groundhogfacts Donations keep these guys

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary updated their cover photo.

4 weeks 14 hours ago

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

1 month 1 day ago

This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, let's commit to reconciliation through education, understanding, and respect. #everychildmatters๐Ÿงก