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Hilden woman who devoted her life to helping animals dies

Helene Van Doninck feeds one of the young birds at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The veterinarian, who ran the centre, passed after a battle with cancer.
Helene Van Doninck feeds one of the young birds at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The veterinarian, who ran the centre, passed after a battle with cancer. - Contributed

Helene Van Doninck ran the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The co-founder of the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) has died.

Dr Helene Van Doninck, a veterinarian, passed away on August 10, following a struggle with ovarian cancer.

She and her husband, Murdo Messer, established the CWRC and she spent much of her time caring for the injured and orphaned wildlife that arrived at the centre.

In July, she received the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award for her work.

VanDoninck was an expert in the treatment of oiled birds, worked to eliminate lead in hunting and fishing.

Donations in her memory can be made to the CWRC.

The CWRC cannot accept new patients at this time, but hopes to resume normal operations soon.

Anyone finding injured or orphaned wildlife can call Hope for Wildlife at 902-407-9453.

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