Save the Foxes

Help us save our foxes from mange

The end of 2016 has brought an outbreak of mange among our local foxes, particularly focused around the Park Point neighborhood in Duluth. Red foxes are particularly susceptible to mange, a parasitic infestation that causes hair loss, intense discomfort, and leads to many secondary issues that will cause death if left untreated. We need a 1,200 square foot enclosure to make sure all the foxes admitted to our facility have a comfortable area to recover. The area we currently have is far too small for the number of foxes we have been seeing. Will you donate to our Fox Healing Area fund?

Donate to the Foxes

Some facts about mange

  • Sarcoptic scabiei, the parasite that causes mange, is also known as scabies
  • It is a host-adapted species. That is, if a mite finds its way from your dog to you, it can bite and cause some discomfort, but it can’t reproduce and continue the cycle. A mite transferred from a fox to your dog, however, will generally multiply and cause full-blown mange
  • Overpopulation and poor nutrition are contributing factors to mange outbreaks. Citizens can help guard against this by not feeding wild animals.
  • Because the discomfort from the burrowing mites is so intense, animals can lose interest or ability in hunting or finding food, leading to starvation, a further compromised immune system, and eventually death
  • Mange medication should only be prescribed and administered by trained professionals
This fox is suffering from a severe case of mange
Mange causes thick scabs to form on the skin, hair loss, and swelling around the eyes
Fox receiving eye medication
This fox requires eye medications to manage a secondary symptom of mange
Red fox on the mend from mange
After a few weeks of medication and care, the fox is looking much better, and will soon be ready for release

Give to the Max 2016

Give to the Max November 17th

11/18/2016 Update

You, our generous donors, went above and beyond yesterday, giving over $16,000. After adding in the $15,000 matching grant provided by The Duluth Grill, Johnson Mertz Appliance, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Stone River Wildlife Control and a private donor, we received $31,240 during Give to the Max this year! We are amazed at your generosity and so grateful. Give to the Max is over, but if you missed it and want to provide sick and injured wild animals a second chance, you can still donate securely online or mail checks made payable to Wildwoods and sent to PO Box 3161, Duluth MN 55803.

Thank you!

Give to the Max has been Minnesota’s “Giving Holiday” for several years, encouraging donors to support causes that improve Minnesota communities. This year it’s a whole event starting November 1st and you can help Wildwoods win some great cash prizes!

Matching Grant
November 1-17
The Duluth Grill, Johnson Mertz Appliance, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Stone River Wildlife Control and a private donor have all teamed up to match your donations dollar for dollar.
November 1-17
Your donation adds up with everyone else’s and the non-profit that makes the most is awarded an extra $10,000 from!
# of Donations
November 17 Only
A Super-Sized Golden ticket, worth $10,000, will be awarded at the end of the day. Each donation Wildwoods receives on November 17th will count as an entry
# of Pre-Event Donations
November 1-16
For those who don’t like to wait, another Super-Sized Golden Ticket worth $10,000 will be awarded at the end of the day, but the pool of entries (donations) will be widened to include any donation made between November 1st and 16th.
$1,000 per hour
# of Donations each hour
November 17 Only
A Golden Ticket worth $1,000 will be awarded every hour on November 17th. Each donation made during the previous hour will count as an entry

Give to the Max now!

Thanks to our Superhero donors for opting to pay the processing fees for Wildwoods! Those who help us defray the costs of fundraising not only ensure we will receive 100% of their donations,* but they also will be entered to win one-of-a-kind art from Pollen Midwest.

*Donations may also be made directly to Wildwoods through our website or by check, however those donations will ONLY count toward the matching grant. To count toward the Matching Grant, online donations must be made by November 17th, and checks must be received no later than November 17th. Checks should be mailed to Wildwoods, Attn: Give to the Max, PO Box 3161, Duluth MN 55803

Swim Party to Benefit Wildwoods, August 11th

Swim Creative is turning 10 this year and wants you to celebrate with them! Join Swim, Big Wave Dave and The Ripples and more at Clyde Iron Works on August 11th. Entry is free, but they are suggesting a $10 donation which will come to Wildwoods! It’s going to be a great night and we’d love for you to head down and show your support of organizations like Swim Creative that support Wildwoods. For more info, click here.

Support Our Growth: Phase 2

Support Our Growth and help Wildwoods build a new facility

If you’ve been following us you know that construction is under way on our new facility! We’ve completed Phase 1 and are moving full-steam ahead on Phase 2, but we still need your help.

Donate now to Support Our Growth and help Wildwoods build a new facility

“Northlanders take pride in our stewardship of our amazing natural surroundings. A new Wildwoods animal rehab center will embody our region’s values and respect for wildlife. Let’s make this dream come true.”
– Former Duluth Mayor, Don Ness

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Your Gift Doubles until April 30th!

Help Wildwoods build a new facility. Your gift DOUBLES through April 30

If you donate NOW to our Support Our Growth fund, an anonymous donor has agreed to match your donations up to $15,000 until the end of April!

Make your dollars double and help Wildwoods build our new facility!

Donate Now!

Click here to learn more about Phase 1 of the proposed plan.

If you prefer to donate off-line you can mail checks made out to Wildwoods, with “Support Our Growth” in the memo line so we know it’s part of this matching campaign, to:

PO Box 3161
Duluth, MN 55803

2016 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser

Wildwoods 2016 Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser

It’s time! Join us May 1 at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN from 3pm-7pm for our annual silent auction fundraiser. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door. Live entertainment, local food and drink vendors, a silent auction and new this year, a raffle!

Click here to buy tickets

Live entertainment from Black River Revue, Teague Alexy, and live painting by Moira Villiard

Live music from Black River Revue and Teague Alexy, PLUS as a special treat, artist Moira Villiard will be painting LIVE at the event! The painting will be available for bidding and you won’t want to miss it.

Food and drink from local vendors

Your ticket gets you free access to some of the area’s best local food and drink vendors including New Scenic Cafe, How Sweet It Is, Duluth Grill, Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse, 185 ChocolatZenith BreadMike and Jen’s Cocoa, Castle Danger Brewery, Vikre Distillery, Bent Paddle, White Winter Winery and more!

The Auction

Stay tuned to our Facebook event page to get the latest updates and get sneak previews of some of the wonderful items that will be available to bid on.


Win this quilt from McTavish Quilting Studio
Win this quilt from McTavish Quilting Studio

McTavish Quilting Studio has generously donated a beautiful hand-crafted quilt to Wildwoods for our event. Instead of being part of the silent auction, though, it’s being raffled off. Tickets can be bought now until the event at McTavish Quilting Studio, 1831 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812 or at our event on May 1. The winner will be selected at the fundraiser on May 1 at the end of the night. You don’t need to be present to win, but you do need to be 18 or older to buy tickets or win this gorgeous quilt. Tickets are $10 each.

Support Our Growth

Help Wildwoods build a new facility

Update 5/26/2016: We have completed Phase 1 and are on to Phase 2! Learn more about that here.

Wildwoods has quickly outgrown our original facility. We’ve purchased property at 4009 W Arrowhead Road in Duluth, MN but we need your help to build the new facility! In 2015 we admitted 1,100 animals (doubled from just two years ago). In order to meet demand and provide excellent, prompt and humane care for the thousands of animals we expect to receive, we need to build a new facility from the ground up.

The expansion will be rolled out in four phases to be completed by end of year 2017. We need your help now to raise the funds we need for Phase 1.
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