Welcome to Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Shades of Hope is a registered charity located in the town of Georgina, Ontario, Canada. 

Licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Fisheries and Canadian Wildlife Services, Shades of Hope serves the Greater Toronto Area and other municipalities throughout the South Central Ontario Corridor.  Our Mission is to nurture, treat and rehabilitate injured and orphaned native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy animals back into their natural habitats.

As commercial and residential growth continues to explode, our wildlife is being pushed aside into ever smaller spaces. Sadly, a large number of wild birds, mammals and reptiles regularly fall victim to road accidents, human cruelty and the scarcity of suitable habitat and food. As the need for rescue of orphaned and injured wild animals increases, Shades of Hope is committed to providing veterinary care, proper nourishment and a safe place to flourish until they can resume their rightful place in nature. 

If you have a wildlife crisis, we are here to help. If we are unable to assist directly, we will help you find another resource.  Donations are greatly needed to support the costs of feed, medicine and habitats for these animals in need.

Our many patients appreciate your help and support!

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Meet Our Leadership Team

This is the amazing team that works tirelessly to continue to save wild lives.

Gail Lenters Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Gail Lenters


As the Shades of Hope Wildlife Custodian, Gail holds the permits granted in 2012 by both the Ministry of Natural Resources and Fisheries and Canadian Wildlife Services.

With more than 30 years of business management experience, Gail is responsible for the structure and direction of the charity. It’s Gail’s passion for conservation and animal care that led her into wildlife rehabilitation and continues to drive us forward to meet the increasing demands for our services.

June Green Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

June Green


June’s career in accounting spans over 40 years and includes such notable positions as accountant for Ellis Don Construction responsible for the Toronto Sky Dome Project. June is currently the Controller for 3 corporations, managing the financial requirements of various divisions.

June’s extensive fiscal experience along with her passion for wildlife has provided solid guidance and support to Shades of Hope since Day One.

Cathy Stockman Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Cathy Stockman


With over 30 years of experience in the specialized care of many varieties of exotic and indigenous wildlife, it is Cathy’s considerable knowledge that has propelled Shades of Hope towards its current professional status. Cathy continues to creatively produce amazing designs for our various expansion
projects as well as cost effective solutions for improving the care that we provide our many wildlife patients.

Cathy has been a leader on the Shades of Hope Team since inception and works diligently to meet the challenges of managing our day to day efforts.

Dr. Lawrence Woodley Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Dr. Lawrence Woodley, DVM

Shades of Hope Veterinarian

Dr Woodley is our Vet on Record, responsible for our CVO certified Shades of Hope Wildlife Hospital. Practicing veterinary medicine at the Georgina Veterinary Clinic which he opened in 1981, he is also an MNRF licenced Wildlife Custodian. With a passion for raptors, Dr. Woodley has been treating wildlife for more than 20 years.

Dr. Cliff Redford Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Dr. Cliff Redford, DVM


Dr. Redford (aka Dr. Cliff) practices medicine out of Wellington Veterinary Hospital in Markham which he opened in 2000. He also practices around the world, donating his time and expertise in such places as Jamaica, Greece, Egypt and India. A member of our medical team for more than 2 years, Dr. Cliff is our primary vet in attendance. You can follow his global adventures on youtube at drcliffworldwidevet.

Meet Our Wildlife Technicians

These are the front line leaders who carry out all the necessary tasks required to help keep Shades of Hope wildlife refugees getting better.

Sarah Townson Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Sarah Townson

A 2014 Graduate of Lakehead University, Sarah has an Honours Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management with a specialization in Wildlife Conservation and Management.

After gaining some experience working with wildlife in Northern Ontario, she then joined Shades of Hope as a volunteer intern in 2017 and didn’t leave! She is now a vital member of our team.

Kate Purvis Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Kate Purvis

Kate has come to SOH all the way from Australia. As a veteran wildlife rehabber she brings with her more than 25 years of experience in treating compromised wildlife in her homeland.

Kate first arrived at Shades of Hope as a volunteer through our winter season of 2017. Returning again for the winter of 2018, Kate decided to plant roots and is now a permanent member of our Team.

Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge

Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge
Registered Charity #: 835493131RR0001


+1 705-437-4654


PO Box 87
Pefferlaw, ON - L0E 1N0