The Old Man of Algonquin Needs Help

As many of you know there is a family of foxes that a lot of us have been visiting over the years, we have had the privilege to watch and photograph the adults and their kits each year. It's amazing to watch the tiny helpless kits grow up and become young foxes.

Towards the end of October the old man with a distinctive spotted nose was severely injured and lost the use of his front left leg. This old fox already affected by past injuries whose approximately 10-12 years old would have a difficult time hunting but this new injury would make it virtually impossible to hunt and he would most probably would eventually starve to death. I realize that not every injured and sick animal in Algonquin Park can be helped but these foxes and in particular this guy is special to many , myself included.

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary was contacted and with the permission of Algonquin Park and the MNRF they were allowed to set up live traps to try and capture and give him medical care to fix his injuries so that he may live out his life naturally . This ended up being a long process, representatives from Aspen Valley travelled many miles to check and re-bait the traps daily. Finally after about a month the old man fox was captured and sent back to their facility for assessment.

The actual cost for capturing, medical treatment and rehabilitation is much higher then the goal set for this fundraiser. Four thousand kilometres of travel was incurred by Aspen Valley and the time and fuel expenses are $3500. Medical expenses, rehabilitation and ongoing care will be in the thousand's of dollars.

The old man (papa) fox really needs your help, any donation small or large is greatly appreciated and all funds will be forwarded to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Chris StMichael 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Jean Waite 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • darla Galley 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Patti Parker 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Mary Lee Agnew 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Steve Dunsford 
Whitney, ON
Aspen Valley Sanctuary 
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