News Archives 2015

November 2015

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What a wonderful afternoon we had at the Renaissance Event Venue. There are several people to thank that made this event the success it was. First of all to those who joined us for the Victorian Tea to raise $$’s for Sandy Pines. The Queen and her Ladies Pat, Brita, Doreen and Winnie, Chris Whyman the Kingston Town Crier and the band Kitchen Gypsies who entertained us for the afternoon. The Vendors Honigmann, The Kingston Soap Company, Card Crazy, Dancing Moon Gallery, The Mutt Hutt (Wendy Workman) Yvonne Evoy, Marionettes Shabby Chic and Carol Cox who brought wonderful items to help us in our Christmas shopping.

The list of our supporters who donated items is endless and we thank each and every one of you. The Confederation Hotel, Cunningham & Poupore, House of Angelis (Cybil Scott), Marnie MacIntyre Hair Design, Milestones Restaurant, Cher Mere Spa, Claus Vandervelt, Kingston Olive Oil Co., Landmark Cinemas, Amadeus Cafe, Jen Bays (Stella & Dot), Casa Restaurant, Jack Astor’s, David’s Tea, Cards Bakery, Birds ‘n Paws. Jessup Food & Heritage, Paul Fortier, owner. Denis Leblanc Ren and his team of superlative servers who catered to us in every meaning of the word.

Thank you to CKWS and the Volunteers Bob Cox, Janet Drew, Erika, and Janine Tulloch who came out to help. Last but certainly not least to Karen Pagratis who organized the event and her husband who came out to help.

Here are a few pictures of our afternoon with a sampling of the goodies but the pictures don’t nearly do it justice. Thank you everyone! Your support was overwhelming and we hope you enjoyed our first Victorian Christmas Tea as much as we did.

John & Janet Foster: Stories from the Wild on November 7, 2015

What a wonderful afternoon we had yesterday. John and Janet Foster presented their “Stories from the Wild” to a full house and it was beautiful and funny too. They asked Sue earlier this year if they could do a fundraiser for Sandy Pines and their presentation and donations raised over $2,600 for SPWC! A huge thank you to John and Janet, it was truly a pleasure.

We also want to thank the Kitchen Gypsies band who entertained us with their music, Baldwin Audio Visual in Kingston, and especially everyone who came out and gave us donations, bought silent auction items and Sandy Pines merchandise. Thank you to the Waterfront River Pub for their donation, Matt Saunders for donating his bat houses, Jean Barkley for her handmade bird house, Janet Drew for her painting and to the Fosters for their donation of two signed photographs and a set of 5 DVDs they produced.

Thank you to everyone who came out and contributed to our fundraising event yesterday, your support is greatly appreciated!

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J&J Foster poster final 3

This eventis at the South Fredericksburg Community Centre, 2478 County Road 8 located South of Napanee. You can get to County Road 8 via Highway 33 along Lake Ontario, or along Highway 2 or Highway 401 coming through Napanee.

  • From Highway 401 take the exit for Highway 41 South (Centre Street) and continue South until you reach 2478 County Road 8 which will be on your right.
  • Travelling on Highway 2 into Napanee turn South at the Dundas Street and Centre Street intersection and continue until you reach the Community Centre which will be on your right. (Centre Street becomes County Road 8 at Dundas Street intersection).
  • Travelling on Highway 33 turn North at the sign/flashing amber light for Napanee and stay north to the South Fredericksburg hall which will be a short distance up on your left.
South Fredericksburg Community Centre shares the building with the L&A County Library. There will be a Sandy Pines sign so it will be easily identified.

October 2015

WOW, what a turnout for the Death by Chocolate event on October 23, 2015 – all tickets were sold! So many people to thank as it couldn’t have happened without you. First and foremost to Veronica, who once again organized a wonderful event which raised a phenomenal amount in a 2-hour evening. A lot of work and planning went into it and thank you Veronica for your dedication to Sandy Pines. I think she may have plans to try to outdo herself next year!
A huge thank you to all the supporters for your donations and participation, to those who helped set up and work at the event, to the many people who donated chocolate goodies so we could indeed have our “Death by Chocolate”, and most importantly to those who came out and shared the evening with us. Your support and generosity is truly appreciated. With your help, the total amount raised was $7,367.50! It will go a long way to helping the animals who can’t speak for themselves, so we thank each and every one of you on their behalf. Much appreciated!
(Thanks Marg Isbester for the photo)
Death by Chocolate

Fox Release

Watch our YouTube video of a recent fox release!

Urban Paws fundraiser

Urban Paws Midland Avenue has raised $600 for Karma Friday  donation for SPWC. Thanks so much!
Karma Firday Urban Paws
New Bird Pen
Lisa and Laurie Peterson are at it again with help from Liam, a placement student from Sydenham. They have built a lovely pen for our captive birds white doves and pigeons that cannot be released.
Petersons Pens

August 2015

If a turtle has laid eggs on your property, you can purchase a Turtle ICU Unit at SPWC (contact or 613-354-0264) or Quinte Conservation in Peterborough (contact or 613-968-3434).Turtle Egg Protectors

These units help keep the eggs safe until they hatch. For $10 you will receive one egg protector and stakes to hold it down, plus a booklet about turtles.

If you see an injured turtle, such as with lacerations or a broken shell, please immediately contact SPWC at 613-968-3434 or the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre in Peterborough at 705-741-5000.

If you find an uninjured turtle in a dangerous location (such as next to a road)

Painted turtle.
Injured turtle – call for help.

Put him in the closest safe location in the direction he was heading (i.e., safely on the other side of the road). In this case there is no need to take the turtle to a rehabilitator or to relocate him. Most turtles have a homing instinct and will try to return to the area from which they came. If you move a turtle away from the location where he was found, it may result in death while trying to return home.

How to help Snapping Turtles: Do not pick up snapping turtles as they bite and can cause serious injury. Use a large stick or shovel to carefully nudge snapping turtles across the road by gently pressing against the animal’s shell. Watch this video on helping Snapping Turtles cross the street.

How to help Painted Turtles: Pick it up by using the back third of its shell to hold the turtle. Do not try to hold the legs nor place your fingers near the mouth.

By Ontley (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Snapping Turtle.
If you see any turtle you can report it to the Turtle Tally.

July 2015


What a terrific day we had at the Sandy Pines Charity Golf Tournament at the Loyalist golf and Country Club in Bath.

Thank you to the sponsors and supporters for their generosity which made it the first class event it was, and thank you to the participants who made it the success it was. It is difficult to achieve a well run organized event without the help of volunteers and we appreciate what volunteers do either behind the scenes or in the middle of it.

Sandy Pines was very fortunate last year and again this year to have Rhonda Grant and Brandon Grant, members of Your Grant Team together with Brittanie Grant and Melissa Miller host tGolfTournamentPhotohe Charity Golf Tournaments for SPWC. An event of this size with many complicated details to organize takes a lot of work and person hours. We can’t express enough how much we appreciate the dedication in time and energy they have given of themselves to do this event for Sandy Pines.

Last year was our First Charity Golf Tournament which raised much needed funds for Sandy Pines during our new construction. This year the funds raised at our Second Annual Charity golf tournament will go towards equipment for the hospital.The official amount is now in and thanks to the golfers and sponsors this year’s tournament raised $6,750.64 for SPWC. A huge Thank You to Rhonda, Brandon, Brittanie and Melissa for such a terrific event. These funds  will go towards the purchase of an operating table, operating lights and an anesthetic machine.

Rhonda Grant and Brandon Grant, The Grant Team, are members of the Sutton Group Masters – Realty Inc., Independently Owned and Operated, 1650 Bath Road, Kingston, ON K7M 4X6  Office: 613-544-2000 fax: 613 384-6800.


Thank you to Mel Gromoff and the team at Fallowfield Farm Equestrian Centre for supporting Sandy Pines by donating $1.00 from each entry in each event this season. April 26, 2015 kicked it off with the Schooling Dressage Show with Hunter/Jumper events May 17th and June 7th, and the last Mini event July 5th. Your generosity and consideration in helping to care for the animals with your donation is very much appreciated. Thank you also to the riders and their 4-legged partners who participated in the events and made it all possible.


We are sending out a big thank you to Belleway Vet Hospital for their nail trim fundraiser! They donated $420 to SPWC from the proceeds.

Belleway Vet Hospital

June 2015

A huge thank you to Trisha’s Closet and Dancing Moon Gallery for hosting the Canada Day event in the Dancing Moon Art Park in Deseronto. It was a great afternoon of music, art, games for kids, and a fantastic BBQ with the proceeds of the BBQ donated to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre.

The donation made by Trisha’s Closet and the Dancing Moon Gallery to Sandy Pines was $340.65 which will help tremendously in caring for the animals at this busy time in the wildlife Centre.

Thank you Patricia, Tara, and John for your support!

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DancingMoonGallery     Trisha's Closet


The first year of online auctions in support of Sandy Pines raised over $5,000! Thank you to all of the bidders and to all of the supporters who provided fabulous donations for use in the auctions. Auctions have now ended until September 2015, but we are still happy to take donations in the meantime.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming auctions or to have an opportunity to bid on some incredible prizes, please join our Facebook auction group: “Auction for Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre”

If you have any new or like-new items you would like to donate for an upcoming auction or if you are a business that would like to donate a product or service towards this fundraising effort, please contact Debbie at Charitable receipts will be issued upon request.

April 2015

The Christ Church Cataraqui Anglican Church Women (ACW) group made and donated over 74 “nests” for all the upcoming abandoned and rescued babies. These nests will keep the babies nice and warm, cozy while they grow up enough to be returned to the wild.

These nests were either crocheted or knitted with leftover wool that the ACW had on hand, which is why the nest are of varied color and sizes.

(R to L: Denise Glover, Marlene Tennyson, Nicole Gagnière, Elizabeth Leaver, Iris Bjork, Mary Willing, and Irma Kennedy)


February 2015

WhistleStop Productions has created a video for Sandy Pines about the new clinic.

Watch video here

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