WILDLIFE UP CLOSE                                Tippy the Coyote and musician Paul Rodgers share a moment at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario. Rodgers and his wife Cynthia Kereluk are supporters of several animal sanctuaries.                                (Photo submitted)

WILDLIFE UP CLOSE Tippy the Coyote and musician Paul Rodgers share a moment at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario. Rodgers and his wife Cynthia Kereluk are supporters of several animal sanctuaries. (Photo submitted)

Rodgers visits animals at Ontario wildlife sanctuary

Summerland-based musician a supporter of several animal sanctuaries

Musician Paul Rodgers took some time out recently to appreciate the wilder things in life at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Rousseau, Ont.

“It was serendipitous that the first animal we met was an arctic fox named Spirit, having just completed a tour of North America, with my band Free Spirit, along with Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson (Heart) and Deborah Bonham,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be this close to wild animals.”

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a registered charity that is not government funded and runs off private donations.

Animals currently in their care include a moose , bears, deer, coyotes, foxes, a lynx, a bobcat, raccoons and more.

Rodgers and his wife Cynthia Kereluk, a former Miss Canada who wrote and hosted TV’s Internationally syndicated Everyday Workout, are supporters of Aspen and several other animal sanctuaries in Canada and abroad.

”Supporting animals in any way that one can restores the soul,” he said.

Rodgers and Kereluk live in Summerland.

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