Hobbitstee Purebred Toggenburg and Alpine Goats

Who we are

Chantal Theijn (Founder/AWC)

I am both the founder and the Authorized Wildlife Custodian at Hobbitstee. I started Hobbitstee in 2007 with the hope of caring for approximately 30 animals a year. Since 2007 we have grown Hobbitstee into a facility, which cares for over 2000 animals a year.

My professional background and education are agricultural based, in animal reproduction, animal nutrition and animal health.

I am passionate about leaving wildlife wild, habitat protection/restoration, research, but also our young offender programs.

Dave Lowe (Second in Command)

Several years ago I had the pleasure of a chance meeting with Chantal.

I had never heard of a wildlife rehabilitation center let alone know of one close by. I was completely fascinated to hear about what she did and have learned so much about our native species of wildlife and so much more. There are times that I have felt very ignorant in my lack of knowledge about the wildlife we have all around us.

I started out volunteering my time to help with construction projects, general maintenance, and slowly began to help with the wildlife itself. As time went by I found myself spending more time getting to know Chantal and learned that we had much more in common than just our love of animals. The rest for us is history.

I am very fortunate to be able to help with and learn about the large variety of wildlife we deal with on a daily basis. I am also extremely honoured to be an integral part of the growth and development for the future of our facility.

Tiffany Trebych-Fuller (Volunteer/member of the BOD)

Richard Julian (Volunteer/member of the BOD)

Hazel Addison (Volunteer/member of the BOD)

Ashley MacKay (Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator)

Julie Madill (Vet Tech/Wildlife Driver)

Sid Graton (Wildlife Volunteer/Maintenance)

Jayne Douglas (Wildlife Driver)

My name is Jayne, and I am a volunteer driver for Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis Ontario.

I have been a Reg. nurse for 40 years, so I guess you could say caring is in my nature. When I “semi-retired”, I knew I wanted to volunteer my spare time with some animal organization.

Originally, I thought I would volunteer at the local humane society – walking dogs, socializing cats etc., but soon came to realize I would be too distraught leaving them all behind.

A friend made me aware of Hobbitstee. He works with the Hamilton Animal Services and I would hear of his rescues and the wonderful work Hobbitstee did. Now there was something I could help with, and I wouldn’t be tempted to bring anything wild home.

A text message sent, and it wasn’t long till I was tagging along with another volunteer driver, learning the ins and outs of what was expected. It is a beautiful drive to Hobbitstee; country roads through farm land with lots of cows and horses and sheep and goats and yes, farm equipment on the road. Good for the soul – clears the mind.

Seeing the various wildlife up close as I have never seen them before is amazing. Knowing that Chantal and her volunteer helpers are extremely knowledgeable and so very caring for anything and everything that comes through their door, made my decision easy.

Getting updates on my “passengers” is heartwarming. And for those whose injuries are too severe, and euthanasia is the only option, I thank God Chantal is there to relieve them of their suffering. No animal should suffer, no matter what they are.

I have had the pleasure of releasing a couple of healthy animals back to their “homes”. Watching them run off in the bush is all the thanks you need. So, I say, volunteer – you will love the experience.

Kelly Herbert-McConnel (Wildlife Driver)

Hi my name is Kelly and I came across this wonderful organization called Hobbitstee on facebook. I started following their page and watched all the amazing things they do for wildlife.

One day I noticed a post that they required a driver to get a wee critter to them for help. As a lover of animals and holder of a driver's license it was an easy decision.

The animal was close to where I lived and was all packaged up ready for transport. This critter had a chance because he was able to get to Hobbitstee. All I had to do was drive it there...easy!

That's when I knew I would become a volunteed driver. Such a seemingly small gesture that that means a world of difference to that animal.

If you're like me and love animals and would like to make a difference please consider becoming a volunteer driver. They can't be helped if they can't get there. Please help save a critter's life and become a volunteer driver. I love what I do...I know I've made a difference and that is a great feeling.