LIVING SKY WILDLIFE REHABILITATION
A non-profit, registered charity, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation was created to formalize the work that Jan Shadick had been doing for several years. She took in 20 animals in 2005. This grew to 150 in 2009, prompting the creation of LSWR in 2010.
Since the move, their services have been in high demand, with 950 injured and orphaned animals arriving in 2017 and close to 2000 animals in 2020. Their budget has since grown to well over $200,000.
Born in California, Jan’s sense of adventure took her to Connecticut after University. While in Connecticut, she discovered the joys of wildlife rehabilitation and became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator working with small birds and mammals.
In 2001, Jan moved to Saskatchewan to be nearer to family. She spent several years advocating for wildlife rehabilitation before receiving the first federal permit in Saskatchewan in 2005 and reviving the provincial permit program.
She continues to be an advocate for the profession, organizing the IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course each year to train and encourage new rehabilitators.
"I am honoured and humbled to be able to do this work and meet so many
amazing creatures who have taught me so much over the years."
Jan's Philosophy is essentially “if you care enough to rescue and bring in the animal, we will put in the time and energy to rehabilitate it.” Therefore they accept all wild animals brought to them, regardless of age, species, colour, attitude, origin, injury, or need.
They provide the full range of treatment services needed to rehabilitate small mammals and birds. They also assist the public with issues relating to wildlife; and promote knowledge and appreciation of wild animals and the habitats they depend on for survival.
Animals are fed specially formulated diets to meet their nutritional needs and provided with the necessary medical care to heal their injuries.
- Jan Shadick
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