CLARINGTON — Since opening its doors to injured and abandoned wild animals in April, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue — Durham Region’s only wildlife rehabilitation facility — has taken in 525 animals and released 410 back into their natural habitats.

The demand has been high for a safe place for animals to heal and grow strong before going back to the wild.

“We still have 39 to 41 animals in our care … This year’s weather has been very difficult on wildlife,” said Stefanie MacEwan, founder and CEO of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. “We’ve taken in over eight chipmunks who have had their burrows flooded out.”

She added the rain also means a shortage of food for land-dwelling animals. Construction work for new development has also pushed animals out of their natural habitat.

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