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Mission Statement: 

To assist and support wildlife by providing shelter and care for injured and/or orphaned wildlife, rehabilitating such wildlife for a safe return to the wild in the shortest amount of time possible, providing public education and collecting and publishing research data.


In today’s world our wildlife faces ever increasing challenges in their daily quest for survival as they share the space with humans. The immediate and obvious threats arise from death or injury due to such things as  cars, trains, barb wire fencing and poaching. Furthermore, the continuous loss of habitat, ignorance of wildlife needs, public reactions and resulting government actions plus a general lack of data to assist in the creation of rules and laws that secure wildlife survival, pose a monumental hurdle in the quest to provide living space for wild animals.

Through providing shelter, feed and medical care we can help injured and/or orphaned wildlife until they can be rehabilitated in their natural habitat. Not only does this supply a moral solution to the question of: “what to do with such animals”, but it also offers an excellent opportunity for educating and involving the public and hence creating a better understanding and respect for the animals we live with.

The careful collection of scientific data and its availability to all interested parties ensures better knowledge and provides a platform for future projects and studies.


  • To ensure that the government and other related organizations are aware of our existence.
  • To provide transportation and possible capture of animals in need. 
  • To provide species specific feed, shelter and medical care for the duration of their stay. 
  • To provide species specific feed, shelter and medical care for non-releasable animals for the purpose of public education and awareness, data collection and possible breeding programs. 
  • To provide adequate facilities for the various types of animals in our care and  to minimize human contact in order to ensure a high rehabilitation success rate. 
  • To prepare the wildlife for rehabilitation. 
  • Transport to rehabilitation grounds. 
  • To provide access on all data (i.e. milk formulas, feeding schedules, medical info etc.) arising from caring for wildlife. 
  • To enhance public education through presentations, written materials and if possible interaction with wildlife “ambassadors” (non-releasable or captive born wildlife).

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Two more cubs arrive at NLWS

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Nicole's Blog 1 (NLWS Volunteer)

I had thought thirty six bears would make a lot of noise. But except for the odd soft moan the cubs are pretty quiet. A few of them sit in trees, a couple more are chasing each other around like kids in a game of tag, and one sits comfortably propped up against the chain link fence that separates these orphaned bear cubs from freedom. If it weren’t for the fence and the generosity of so many people and businesses, chances of survival would be very slim for these bears and the hundreds of animals who have already been rehabilitated and released back into the wild by Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers, B.C. 

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